SiNG Party

At the time of writing, there are approximately fifty bajillion console karaoke games on the market, so we’re just going to leap ahead and assume you know the premise. SiNG Party is the first of the genre to ooze its way across the lounge onto the Wii U, gold medallion glistening from within the depths of its chest hair.

Until the next gen of consoles finally get announced, the Wii U touch pad is the cool new tech kid on the block. What it brings to the karaoke party is the ability to be passed around the room, so that other karaoke fans can cue up a playlist of songs, be the impartial judge in a sing-off, or you as the dazzling lead singer can hold the room in your thrall as you grasp the lyrics right under your nose, and can turn away from the screen to face your devoted fans.

 
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Like in most other karaoke games, SiNG Party features multiple modes for maximum value.

Sing Mode is your garden variety “sing and be judged” type, where the lyrics and a guide to the melody are presented on screen. You can sing solo or in duet mode, and you are judged at the end for how you did for pitch, power and flair.

The imaginatively titled Team Mode allows multiple players to split into teams and battle against each other.

And finally Party Mode is just that...not a contest, but just a fun thing to do with your friends at a party. No scores are recorded, and there’s no guide to the notes for you to follow. In Sing Mode you navigate your way through a tunnel of notes... it’s weirdly like singing your way through a game of operation on the lower intestine. In Party Mode you have only the lyrics on the touch pad screen in your hand. Which is fine if you know the song well...but if you are in a social situation, and spontaneously decide to get up to sing with some friends, perhaps you don’t know the song well, and would like a bit of guidance on the tune.

Party Mode also introduces the concept of the “lead” singer holding the touch pad in one hand, and the microphone in the other, while the rest of the room watches the tv screen and participates as much as they want to. The lead can therefore turn around away from the TV screen, because all the words are there in your hand. The rest of the party can dance along with the moves demonstrated by the animated characters on the screen, clap when directed, and sing along with selected lyrics that pop up on the screen (spoiler: usually the chorus.) They can also play along with instruments on the songs using Wii-motes, if they feel like trying to dominate the group dynamic, and steal the lead singer’s thunder.

(Joke break:
Q: How many lead singers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just one. They put the bulb in the socket, and then wait for the world to revolve around them.)

On the upside there’s no silly clapping or cheering etc when you are singing, very few distracting “Awesome!’ or “Perhaps you should try training mode!” animations as you go, and no booing if you go badly.
The microphone cord is also really long, roughly twice as long as the original SingStar mics, which is quite good if you are prone to putting on a Mick Jagger type strut around the lounge as you sing.

On the downside, you are basically just singing along with the original vocals of all the songs, which are at full volume. It’s basically like singing along with the radio really, although you can make yourself louder if you are really keen. (To be fair you can also do that when you’re singing along with the radio...but that’s called “shouting”.)

The animation is a bit, well...lame. Super cheesy. Other karaoke games have the original videos of your favourite songs. This has a bunch of girls dancing around to the songs as you sing in Party Mode, or something that looks like a screensaver from the mid 90s playing as you work your way through Sing Mode.

Additionally, the touch screen is a bit laggy to navigate through, because it takes a second to load a sound preview of every song you land on. This delay makes it far too easy to accidentally select Baby by Justin Bieber. Don’t laugh, NZGamers, this is a very real risk. It happened to me, and I am frankly traumatised.

The set list is a pretty good mix of old and new - apart from the Bieber demon - although some selections may may have been generated by a computer search involving ‘artists that people are talking about’. Like Nickelback. And the Bieber demon.

That said, you are probably going to buy a karaoke game based on whether it has songs you like. So the set list for SiNG Party is as follows:

  • "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • "Glad You Came" - The Wanted
  • "Le Freak" - Chic
  • "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
  • "The Edge of Glory" - Lady Gaga
  • "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" - Betty Everett
  • "Only Girl (In The World)" - Rihanna
  • "I Want You Back" - The Jackson Five
  • "I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown
  • "Y.M.C.A." - The Village People
  • "Love You Like A Love Song" - Selena Gomez & the Scene
  • "Baby" - Justin Bieber
  • "Sexy Chick" - David Guetta
  • "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
  • "Go Your Own Way" - Fleetwood Mac
  • "Kids in America" - Kim Wilde
  • "Ironic" - Alanis Morissette
  • "So Good" - B.o.B.
  • "Surfin' U.S.A." - The Beach Boys
  • "Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
  • "Jar of Hearts" - Christina Perri
  • "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" - The Darkness
  • "Groove Is in the Heart" - Dee-Lite featuring Q-Tip and Bootsy Collins
  • "Mercy" - Duffy
  • "Theme from New York, New York" - Frank Sinatra
  • "You've Got the Love" - Florence + The Machine
  • "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
  • "Alone" - Heart
  • "The Power of Love" - Huey Lewis and the News
  • "Flashdance... What a Feeling" - Irene Cara
  • "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
  • "Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves
  • "Firework" - Katy Perry
  • "Just a Kiss" - Lady Antebellum
  • "Satellite" - Lena
  • "Dancing on the Ceiling" - Lionel Richie
  • "Haven't Met You Yet" - Michael Buble
  • "The Climb" - Miley Cyrus
  • "Daydream Believer" - The Monkees
  • "How You Remind Me" - Nickelback
  • "Don't Hold Your Breath" - Nicole Scherzinger
  • "Always on My Mind" - Pet Shop Boys
  • "All About Tonight" - Pixie Lott
  • "Show Me Love" - Robin S.
  • "You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes
  • "Higher" - Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue
  • "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston
  • "I Think We're Alone Now" - Tiffany

So there you have it. SiNG Party is fairly inoffensive (except for the Bieber demon) but also pretty uninspiring too. It’s competent, but lacks any real X Factor. The features that set it apart from the others in the genre are all on the Wii U touch pad, which is pretty cool as a gimmick, but probably not enough to drive you out to the shops to buy a Wii U if you haven’t already. With a good bunch of people, this could make for a great time. But then, with a good bunch of people, pretty much anything would be fun, right?


SiNG Party
"They phoned it in."
- SiNG Party
6.0
Average
 
Follow Own it? Rating: PG   Difficulty: Easy   Learning Curve: 5 Min


 

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Comments Comments (5)

 
FlatPitch
Posted by FlatPitch
On Tuesday 5 Feb 2013 5:10 PM
1
I think karaoke games have sort of died since the PS2 and singstar days. Does anyone still play singstar?
 
 
 
BodomThe13th
Posted by BodomThe13th
On Tuesday 5 Feb 2013 7:06 PM
2
In comparison to Rockband, SiNG just doesn't really have anything on it. Especially in terms of playlists (IMO, the core part).

Why would I want to play a singing game when you're being judged by others? I find that quite a lot of people are reluctant to play singing games because of the social embarrassment.

In all honesty, it seems to me like a quick cash in before major players decide to start putting music games on the console.

Fair score and a good review.
 
 
 
Antmannz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by Antmannz
On Wednesday 6 Feb 2013 10:58 AM
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The Karaoke app on the XBox marketplace can use smartglass allowing you to view the lyrics and enqueue songs, so the WiiU isn't really breaking any new ground.
 
 
 
OrkMischief NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by OrkMischief
On Wednesday 6 Feb 2013 12:47 PM
1
5 February 2013, 07:06 PM Reply to BodomThe13th
In comparison to Rockband, SiNG just doesn't really have anything on it. Especially in terms of playlists (IMO, the core part).

Why would I want to play a singing game when you're being judged by others? I find that quite a lot of people are reluctant to play singing games because of the social embarrassment.

In all honesty, it seems to me like a quick cash in before major players decide to start putting music games on the console.

Fair score and a good review.
This is nothing related to Sing Party. I upvoted you because of your awesome profile pic.
Man I miss games like Shadows of the Empire, the 64 was an awesome machine and my most memorable game playing days.
 
 
 
KiwiSharp NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
Posted by KiwiSharp
On Thursday 7 Feb 2013 4:22 PM
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Yea, nothing new with this genre anymore.