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American Idol is a rhythm game based on the reality TV singing competition of the same name.

Players can create characters of either gender, choosing from several character templates, and then customizing them with body size, skin color, and one of three singing voices per gender.

Created characters can then be taken through the game's various modes. In the main Competition mode, players move through different stages patterned after the TV series, from auditions to shows with a live audience and hopefully the finals. Between performances, outfit, hair style and color and make up can be customized, since not only the singing but also the style will be judged.

Playing the actual game involves a target on the screen into which symbols move in from four directions. The correct button has to be pressed in rhythm with the music when the appropriate symbol reaches the center. Besides single presses there are also connected symbols where the button has to be held and released or two buttons have to be pressed at the same time. The game also supports dance mats as an alternate type of control. Each symbol hit or not hit is graded according to the timing. Missing or hitting symbols off-sync will lead to the vocal track becoming increasingly off-key and will make it much harder to get into the next round. Completing the different stages of the competition unlocks bonus costumes as well as sets that can be used in the game's other modes.

Besides the Competition, there is the Rehearsal mode in which songs can be practiced without judges. The Jukebox mode allows simple playback of songs, while Karaoke mode allows players to actually sing along to songs. There is no scoring included, but it's possible for other players to judge the performance afterwards. Party mode enables up to four players to engage in a small competition, with players allowed to judge each other.

Visually, the game employs a cel shading style in which singers and judges are rendered. The American version includes the likenesses and voices of the three original TV judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. The UK version retains only Cowell and the German version features no original judges, their places being taken by generic characters. The game's soundtrack consists of around 40 licensed pop songs. Video clips from the respective regional versions of the TV program play between stages of the competition mode.


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American Idol Magazine Advertisement
American Idol Other This double page advert was taken from a catalogue included with the PS2 game <i>Liverpool FC Club Football 2003/2004 Season </i>
American Idol Other This was taken from a catalogue included with the PS2 game <i>Arsenal Club Football 2005 Season </i>

Alternate Titles

  • "美国偶像" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Pop Idol" -- UK title
  • "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Dec 21, 2003 72 out of 100 72 PlayStation 2 Dec 23, 2003 66 out of 100 66
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 2004 55 out of 100 55
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2003 5.1 out of 10 51
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 02, 2004 50 out of 100 50
GameSpot Windows Mar 31, 2004 4.7 out of 10 47
IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 19, 2003 4 out of 10 40
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2003 2 out of 5 40
GameDaily PlayStation 2 Dec 14, 2006 4 out of 10 40
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 2003 37 out of 100 37


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