SiNG Party

SingPartySiNG Party is a unique music performance game available exclusively on the Wii U with downloadable content and Miiverse features. This party game contains a well-varied song base (50 total) that keeps this music party rocking with elements of dance, duets, and karaoke. The colorful, clear-cut presentation and interface that works with a wide range of USB microphones though the game comes available with one if needed.

SiNG Party features fifty songs ranging from the 1960s to the present plus social media posting capabilities, unlimited players, singing duets, playlist creation, audio mixing, and interactive actions for everyone using the Wii remote controllers and the Wii U GamePad controller.

A special game bundle is available with an official Wii U karaoke microphone (required for the game). Microphone also available separately. Many USB compatible microphones will also work with the game and Wii U. The USB microphone plugs into the console in one of the two ports in front or two in the back. Holding the microphone and the game pad (horizontally or vertically) can be hard to do when performing dance moves. The game also prompts players to set it down during certain sequences.

In the main performance scenario, the main performer holds the GamePad while as many players as possible can also join in. Other players can make instrument sounds (e.g. cowbell, tambourine) using the Wii Remote controllers. Various awards (e.g. perform three songs by male artists) allow you to level up, but points are not the main focus here – fun is the main focus.

In the party mode (no scoring), the main performer can “work the room” and following the prompted cues/actions, but there is always room for improvisation. Some prompts might embarrass some performers or get other players to move out of their comfort zones. It largely depends on the participants.

In sing mode, performers can turn their living area into a karaoke bar by dueting or going solo with real-time scores. In team mode, competitive scenarios let large groups face off, play relays, and sing as a choir to display their talents plus players can take team photos and share them. Other players might also participate as judges.

Players can also try the practice mode, change audio options, adjust audio with the special mixer, and rate songs (between 1 and 5 stars). Playlists can also be made to keep the party going.

The colorful visuals include pristine human models in angled environments that can complement the room. The appealing visuals also assist in the original set up where players match circle graphics with the GamePad and television screen.

SiNG Party (**1/2 out of four stars) is easy to use and has no down time. The core song group includes bouncy songs like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”, Florence and the Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love,” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”. Players can also belt out ballads like Heart’s “Alone,” Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” or even The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer.” The current price is very good and downloadable content additions are fairly decent as well.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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