American Idol (video game)

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American Idol
File:American Idol Coverart.png
Developer(s) Mobius Entertainment Universal Interactive
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Vivendi Universal Games
Platforms PlayStation 2
Microsoft Windows
Game Boy Advance
Xbox (cancelled)
GameCube (cancelled)
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
          Game Boy Advance
            Genre(s) Music
            Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

            American Idol (known as Pop Idol in Europe) is a music video game. It is based on the Fox Network show American Idol developed by former name of Rockstar Leeds, Mobius Entertainment and published by Codemasters.


            Review scores
            Publication Score
            GBA PC PS2
            EGM 1.5/10[1]
            Game Informer 6.25/10[2]
            GameSpot 4.7/10[3] 5.1/10[4]
            IGN 3.3/10[5] 4/10[6]
            Nintendo Power 3.2/5[7]
            OPM (US) 1/5 stars[8]
            PC Gamer (UK) 30%[9]
            X-Play 1/5 stars[10]
            Aggregate scores
            GameRankings 45.50%[11] 33.17%[12] 52.27%[13]
            Metacritic 41/100[14] 39/100[15] 41/100[16]

            The game was met with mostly negative reception upon release. GameRankings gave it a score of 33.17% for the PC version,[12] 52.27% for the PlayStation 2 version,[13] and 45.50% for the Game Boy Advance version.[11] Likewise, Metacritic gave it a score of 39 out of 100 for the PC version,[15] and 41 out of 100 each for the PS2 and GBA versions.[16][14]

            X-Play gave the game a 1 out of 5, complaining about the gameplay consisting of pressing buttons in time to judge the character's singing and not on the player's actual singing.[10]

            Related games

            In addition to the release of Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol for the PlayStation 2 on January 2, 2007, a sequel Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore was released during the 1st quarter of 2008 following its direct sequel Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 which was released on November 18, 2008.

            An iPhone application entitled "American Idol: The Game" was released on the App Store. It was released by Electronic Arts on July 3, 2009. Omaha Sternberg of Macworld rated the game 4.5 out of 5 stars. The application has received mixed to positive reviews from its users.


            1. EGM Staff (February 2004). "American Idol (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (176): 114. Archived from the original on 2004-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            2. Mason, Lisa (February 2004). "American Idol (PS2)". Game Informer (130): 103. Archived from the original on 2004-08-15. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            3. Davis, Ryan (2004-03-31). "American Idol Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            4. Davis, Ryan (2003-12-12). "American Idol Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            5. Lewis, Ed (2004-01-28). "American Idol Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            6. Lewis, Ed (2003-11-19). "American Idol (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            7. "American Idol". Nintendo Power. 177: 152. February 2004. 
            8. "American Idol". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 101. February 2004. 
            9. "Pop Idol". PC Gamer UK. December 2003. 
            10. 10.0 10.1 D'Aprile, Jason (2004-02-24). "'American Idol' (PS2) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on 2004-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            11. 11.0 11.1 "American Idol for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            12. 12.0 12.1 "American Idol for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            13. 13.0 13.1 "American Idol for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            14. 14.0 14.1 "American Idol for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            15. 15.0 15.1 "American Idol for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
            16. 16.0 16.1 "American Idol Critic Reviews for PlayStation 2". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

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