We Sing 80s Game Poster Image

We Sing 80s

(i)

 

Decent karaoke game has a few flat notes.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about singing and matching pitch as they belt out songs from the 1980s. The Lessons section helps players understand pitch and lets them practice achieving the right pitch in the songs they sing. This training mode, though, is hit and miss. Players can use falsettos to hit notes that are octaves higher than what's asked for, and the game will still record those note as a good score. Kids who play We Sing 80s will come away with an understanding of how to match pitch when singing a song as well as a history of the popular songs of the 1980s.

Positive messages

We Sing 80s will cue players with text messages and points if they succeed in hitting the right pitch during a lyrical phrase. If the right pitch is achieved, players may get a text pop-up telling them they were "perfect," "brilliant," or "awesome." If the right pitch is wildly missed, the pop-up message may read, "Awful."

Positive role models

We Sing 80s is a potpourri of songs from the 1980s, and each song is accompanied by the music video that was released to MTV and other video music forums. As anyone who has ever watched music videos knows, sexual innuendo and objectification of women are common.

Ease of play

Although the game does have a mode called Lesson, the 30 vocal objectives rely more on pitch than on players actually being adept at singing the lyrics. Even then, hitting a note an octave above or below what is called for will still yield a passing grade.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

We Sing 80s features bikini-clad models in Duran Duran's "Rio" and in Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On, Eileen"; the title character's appearance in a dress stirs the singer to intone, "My thoughts, I confess, verge on dirty." In another part of the latter song, Eileen is encouraged to "take off everything."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Because some of the videos in We Sing 80s take place in the real world, there might be some signs appearing in the background, but there's no direct link to the images.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that We Sing 80s is a karaoke game for up to four players. The game features 30 songs that were popular in the 1980s. There are several ways to play, either in Solo mode or Party mode. The Solo mode contains a Lessons section that is more about pitch than anything else, whereas the Party mode contains the standard variety of games, such as Pass the Mic and Versus, and a few interesting modes like Blind (wherein the lyrics are not displayed and the music cuts out).

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

WE SING 80s is a karaoke game that features 30 songs with artists such as DeBarge, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, Lionel Richie, the Human League, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Paula Abdul, Roxette, Sade, Simple Minds, Smokey Robinson, Tears for Fears, Toto, Starship, and Spandau Ballet...to name a few. Players are challenged to sing on-pitch to record the best score possible. There are more than 12 modes of play, including single and multiplayer modes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

We Sing 80s is a decent effort, but the game falls a bit flat in a few key areas. First, the microphones that come with the game are not that good, and the sound generated through them is rather scratchy (though you can play the game with any other USB microphone you may happen to own). Second, as with many karaoke games, players don't actually have to know the lyrics to score well; they can just mumble on-pitch to score points. The songs are enjoyable and a nice trip down memory lane for those who remember that era of pop music.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the messages in song lyrics and how to discern what is right and wrong behavior.

  • Parents can talk to their children about body image and how media like music videos influence self-image.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Subjects:Arts: improvising and music analysis, music
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, personal growth
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Price:$29.99–$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nordic Games
Release date:September 20, 2013
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Mild lyrics, mild suggestive themes

This review of We Sing 80s was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

For kids who love singing and dancing

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?