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Create A Pop Sensation

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Educational
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Windows
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Windows 3.x
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Description

Create A Pop Sensation is a single player, music making game.

In this game the player selects members of a band, rehearses a song, records it and then performs the song in concert. After the concert performance the song and band are rated to see if they have made the charts. Songs and bands are saved and can be reloaded and tweaked until there's a song that the player likes and/or which makes number one in the charts.

The band consists of a singer, drummer, keyboard player, and two guitarists one lead and one on base. Selection is easy as they it's just a case of clicking on an instrument, or microphone in the case of the singer, and then selecting a character from the set of icons provided. The singer is the only band member who appearance and singing style can be customised.
The major part of the game is the rehearsal which is where the song is constructed. Each song consists of eight sections, the intro, 1st verse, chorus, 2nd verse, chorus, bridge, and two more choruses. There are five predefined songs and the player places sections of each song into a grid marking the pieces that each player will play effectively making a new song by mixing sections of the five songs provided. So, for example, the keyboard player may play the intro for song one while the drummer and singer perform the intro for song three.
After constructing the song the band must record it so it's off to the studio. Here there are mixer controls that can raise or lower the volume of individual band members as well as adjusting the left/right balance. Additional sounds such as backing vocals or brass highlights can be added here too. Once the player has a final sound they record it and play it in concert. There's no player interaction at the concert phase. The full song is played through in a concert setting complete with an animated audience and after that the score/chart position is shown and that's it. The player may choose to return to the rehearsal or recording studio to re-engineer the song , or even fire band members or change the lead singer's style and appearance to see if they can push it higher up the charts.

The game's other features include printing band snapshots, printing the music of their song, and in-game help though this is restricted to voice only assistance. There is a detailed interactive manual but this run as a separate application that is accessed from the menu.


Screenshots

Create A Pop Sensation Windows This is the ultimate goal, to have a platinum record on the wall. Unfortunately this one is not mine, it comes with the game
Create A Pop Sensation Windows Hiring band members. After hearing a potential band member audition the player decides whether to hire them or not
Create A Pop Sensation Windows The completed song has to be saved and named before the player can progress to the recording studio
Create A Pop Sensation Windows The rehearsal rooms. Standard hotspots here are the camera to take a band snap, the picture on the wall returns to the menu, the door leads to the next phase and the smiley face which is the help icon

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