Singing and dancing games have become all the rage in recent years across all games consoles. The trend originally started with Singstar for the Playstation 2 and now the market is flooded with choice including titles such as We Sing, Dance Central and Just Dance. The latest to be added to that genre is Kylie Sing & Dance which is the first licensed Kylie Minogue game on the market and has been released to tie-in with the singer’s K25 celebrations (it’s her 25th year in the music industry this year).
Kylie Sing & Dance pretty much does exactly what its title suggests. Containing 26 of Kylie’s biggest hits from her career, the game enables you to sing and dance your way through Kylie’s career. Each song is backed by the official music video, if you choose to sing, or by a dance instructor and some rather colourful visuals, if you choose to dance. The tracklist for the game is pretty impressive and includes early songs such as I Should Be So Lucky and The Locomotion through to more recent hits such as All The Lovers and Timebomb. Of course the monster smash Can’t Get You Out Of My Head is here too along with other classics including Spinning Around, Especially For You and Slow.
There are several ways to play the game; Career, Quickplay and Party. We’ll start by talking through the Career mode which is the one that offers the biggest challenge. The mode allows you to work your way through Kylie’s hits in chronological order. Once you select your song you have to decide whether you want to sing or dance. If you choose to sing then you can sing along with Kylie’s vocal or to an official instrumental of the track. Like other singing games on the market pitch bars appear on the screen and you have to match the notes and note lengths in order to score points. If you choose to dance you need to follow the moves of the instructor on the screen whilst a bar on the right hand of the screen warns of the next move.
Scoring well enables you to unlock the next song in this mode but be warned it’s not easy. The singing aspect of the game is the harder of the two. Now we’re not tone deaf by any means but we struggled to unlock any additional songs through this mode. Instead we had to turn to dance which provides quite the workout. It really throws you in the deep-end and doesn’t offer the tutorial aspect of the Dance Central series which may have benefitted it. Instead you have to frantically copy the moves of your instructor and those who aren’t natural dancers will find it pretty tough.
The singing aspect of the game is the part we’re most suspect about. At times we purposely went off key or just sung louder and we scored much better than if we tried to match the pitch and tone of Kylie. Singing games aren’t always known to be the most accurate and Kylie Sing & Dance seems to be no exception. Expect to be pretty hoarse by the time you’ve sung through a song several times trying to score more than mediocre points.
Like the singing aspect the dancing part isn’t all that accurate either. Using only the Wii remote to register your moves we found ourselves getting perfect scores when we were literally flailing our arms about and not even remotely matching what we saw onscreen. Still we had plenty of fun and it’s pretty addictive trying to get the dance moves right.
For those that don’t want to play the Career mode you can dip into the game with Quickplay to perform any of the tracks. This allows you to sing or dance on your own or with other people making it the perfect party game for Kylie fans. It’s also good for a bit of practice before you unleash yourself on the Career mode. It takes quite some practice to hit some of those high notes, especially from Kylie’s early career.
Kylie Sing & Dance may not be the most accurate, or easy, game but it’s certainly a hell of a lot of fun. All the Kylie songs you’d want to sing and dance to are included here and if nothing else you’ll have a ball trying to be Kylie. Kylie Sing & Dance is addictive despite its difficulty and should prove to be a lot of fun this Christmas.