By now most of our readers are probably familiar with the SingStar franchise. When the first game was released a few years ago we (and presumably Sony) had no idea just how much the series would take off in Australia. In fact, the series took off so much that SingStar: Singalong with Disney is the fifteenth PlayStation 2 SingStar game. This one is a little bit special though, with Studio London teaming up with Disney for the first time, but does this result in a good SingStar game or is it all just a gimmick?
Each SingStar game is available in two versions. The game can be purchased individually for $49.95 if you already own the SingStar microphones, or for $99.95 with two bundled in USB microphones, which plug into the USB slots on the PlayStation 2. The bundle pack represents remarkable value, even now a few years later.
Every SingStar game is played the same way. Players singalong to a variety of songs and the game judges the pitch of the player and then assigns the player a score at the end of the singing. It's a basic concept that has made SingStar the ultimate game to drag out at parties. The only main difference between each SingStar game is the tracklist and as is implied by the title, this game has a Disney spin. The full track list for SingStar: Singalong with Disney can be found below;
- 101 Dalmations - Cruella De Vil
- Aladdin - A Whole New World
- Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast
- Cinderella - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
- Cinderella - The Work Song
- Lady and the Tramp - He's a Tramp
- Peter Pan - Following the Leader
- Peter Pan - You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
- Sleeping Beauty - I Wonder
- Sleeping Beauty - Once Upon A Dream
- Tarzan - Son of Man
- The Aristocats - Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat
- The Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities
- The Jungle Book - I Wan'na Be Like You
- The Lion King - The Circle of Life
- The Lion King - I Just Can't Wait to be King
- The Little Mermaid - Kiss the Girl
- The Little Mermaid - Under The Sea
- Toy Story - You've Got A Friend In Me
- Winnie the Pooh - Winnie the Pooh
At first glance the tracklist makes the game look like a genuine purchase, but looks can be deceiving. For starters, some of the songs are remarkably complex to sing, which is disappointing considering this was Studio London's opportunity to appeal to an even younger audience. Other songs are completely ruined by the duet aspect of the game, The Lion King's Circle of Life for example forces one player to simply sing "na na na na na na na na na" throughout half of the song. Other songs are just plain unrecognisable and some are just incredibly short.
The separate track pack doesn't come off as good value because for this SingStar there are only twenty songs on the disk, ten less than normal. Considering some of the songs are less than two minutes long it doesn't take too long for the tracklist to feel repetitive. Some Disney films have no representation at all, whereas Aladdin only has the one song, which is really disappointing.
If you've played a SingStar game before then you'll know what to expect from the single-player and multiplayer options. For multiplayer you can choose to sing in a battle, or there is a pass the microphone option for those who want to spice things up a little. There is no main single-player mode at all, which means SingStar really is a game that is meant to be played with other people.
SingStar: Singalong with Disney is a SingStar song pack that may be best left on the shelf. Every other SingStar game released (bar SingStar Anthems) features thirty tracks, which are all of a normal length. A game like this is really aimed at children, but the difficulty level has been toned up, so children won't be able to pick up this game and just sing into the microphone and have any success.