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Pop Idol (PS2)

by Codemasters
 Ages 3 and Over
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Recreates the Pop Idol experience
  • Create your own Idol with fully customisable hair, appearance and wardrobe
  • Perform 40 international hits
  • Performances reviewed by the judges, including Simon Cowell
  • More than 60,000 words of encouragement and insults
  • Modes include Competition, Duet, Karaoke, Jukebox and Practice
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0000AN2DZ
  • Release Date: 7 Nov 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,332 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

Based on the television phenomenon of the same name, Pop Idol marries many of the key features of the show. And while there are times when you can't help feeling that this isn't the most substantial game you've ever played, there is some fun to be had.

The idea is simple. You create a singer and take them through the heats and qualifying rounds to the final. If all goes to plan, you get crowned the Pop Idol. If it doesn't, you get to suffer the acid tongues of the three judges, including the infamous Simon Cowell.

Clearly, a video game is going to have troubling assessing your vocal talents and that is a downfall. Instead, Pop Idol substitutes a simple rhythm-style game, not a million miles from classics such as Parappa the Rappa. Basically, symbols correlating to your control pad head towards the middle of the screen and you need to have the relevant button pressed at exactly the right moment. The more you get it right, the better you do. You're also assessed on your outfit, which you choose along with your song before every round.

It's ultimately quite a simple, straightforward title and one that could have been better, could have been worse. It's going to find favour more easily with the casual, less demanding gamer, though, and dedicated fans of the show. --Simon Brew

Manufacturer's Description

Pop Idol is a music-based rhythm-action game that allows you to create, style and train a contestant through auditions, various heats and the grand final, just like the hit TV show. Create your own idol with fully customisable hair, appearance and wardrobe, and keep the rhythm going to join Will Young as champion and Pop Idol. Sing and dance with your hands to match the combination of buttons displayed on screen and your contestant sings a sweet harmony, dancing to the rhythm of the song. Get it wrong and their performance fades and goes out of tune as the judges, and later the audience, grow unsettled. Get it perfect and make the song your own with ad-libs to really impress.

The tracklist has 40 international hits to master--including "Oops I Did It Again", "Genie in a Bottle" and, of course, "Evergreen"--so prepare to get full feedback from the judges whatever your performance is. If your contestant sings the song perfectly you'll receive a few words of praise from Simon Cowell and the other judges and win a place in the next round. However, if your contestant squeals and howls out of tune then prepare for heartache as Simon delivers one of his famous put-downs before you get booted off the show.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for everyone! 29 Dec 2003
By A Customer
My sister and me got this game for xmas and I loved the show so, was really looking forward to the game. You go through the auditions,heats and final ten stages as a character that you name and style yourself. You can unlock bonus costumes and sets if you do well. On easy level this game is perfect for younger children, but,once they win as we have done, they shall be successful on the harder levels. Simon Cowell is realistic with his cutting remarks. One thing I would say is that, you shouldnt use it with a dance mat, use it with your controller as it is easier!
But, a fun game and there are different modes to choose from and all the family can play and with practise be the virtual pop idol!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game, quite like the series 17 Jan 2004
By DaddyT
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I'm writing this under guidance of my 8 year old who loves this game. She's worked her way through to the final a number of times and doesn't seem to tire of it.
I like the way new songs are added occasionally stopping the game becoming to familiar too quickly.
She also likes the way you can customise the characters throughout the game, although quite what the winning combination of clothing, hair and make-up (for the girls) is has me beat.
The only downside is you get a couple of no-names 'hosting' the 'programme' instead of the very likable 'Ant & Dec'. Still, this was a great christmas gift as she totally loves this game
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Amount of Depth 21 Nov 2003
Being an avid fan of the rhythm action genre, I bought Pop Idol with reservations over it being a heavily licensed game (usually meaning lightweight gameplay). I shouldnt have worried.
Their are many songs on offer ranging from all time Karaoke classics (I Will Survive) to relatively new chart toppers (Evergreen).
The action is simplistic yet compellingly addictive, like most games in the genre are. You hit the correct button to get write note in tune. Get it wrong and your character gives some awful renditions that make you cringe! Simon Cowell (and 2 fictional judges) then either praise or slaughter you for your efforts.
The only minor irritations are the somewhat silly addiction of changing costumes each round, which you are judged on seemingly at random, and that occasionally the judging of your timing can be wrong.
All in all, a surprisingly playable game!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, its SO much fun!! Yippeeee! 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
What can i say. The game is a masterpiece. The sets look simply awesome (good job to whoever did them!), the front end interface is really clear and stylish, and the characters and costumes are so varied its untrue. Gameplay is super involving, and the difficulty is really suitable for the age group that Codemasters has targeted. I really feel like im part of the Pop Idol Experience, seeing Simon Cowell and hearing him slate my performance makes it so cool. All in all, all I can say to you all it!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bone Idol 26 Mar 2004
No its not just a clever title. It should infact be the new marketing level for this series. The world is becoming bored of reality television and people are more aware when their pop stars are known to be factory made sound and look-alikes.
Bringing out a game in the midst of all this just makes it even worse. The game however is in fact filled with some great songs and a very well made playing format which is great for group play with friends. But the game lacks depth.
The main reason for the shallow happenings of the game is that the entertainment value of the POP IDLE series cannot be simply copied and pasted into a video game. Everyone knows that what they like to see in the series is to see people fail and to see them upset. The closest thing your character will come to to being upset is "Thanks for your comments" when Simon Cowell slags you off. Nobody in this game goes into a hissy fit and starts crying if you tell them they are the most talentless people in the uk. This removes the realism and completely ruins the game. That and the graphic detail. What you see in this game is substandard especially for a PS2 game. Its terrible.
The game consists of you chosing a character, a voice, a clothing set and even a head, then going on stage to perform... over and over and over again infront of an inscreasingly large amount of people. The songs as I said before are very good as are the voices that the game uses to sing them in. Pressing the buttons in sync with the beat is a very "dance-mat" orientated format but works extremely well. If you make press the wrong buttons or miss them completely, your characters voice goes in and out of tune. If you dont press them at the right time, the voice goes out of sync with the music. This can be a total barrel of laughs.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ARE YOU READY TO BE A POP IDOL? 28 Oct 2003
Hey all you fans of pop idol you will love this game.Espacially if you but a dance mat as well.The graphics are brill and the gamepla itself is super.Sing wo all your favourite hits such as evergreen, genie in a bottle and many mnay more.This game gives hours of enjoyment and laughter as you try to conquer pop idol.Simon Cowell is a really good laugh with all his comments but don't worry they ain't all bad. With the other judges as well you are going to find out what you are like.This is a must buy for pop idol fans and fans of the dance mat as you will just love this so much.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Idol game - the best game for ps2 ever! 14 Nov 2003
The popidol game is absolutely brilliant! The singing is great and the dance mat mode is really cool! I recommend this to anyone about 9-16 years old! It is the best ps2 game ever!!!!!!!
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Pop Idol is brilliant. I wasnt sure if i wanted it at first. But its brill.
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