By Dan Zuccarelli . February 22, 2007 . 7:52am
People that play tons of games have a hard time realizing just how hard and complex they’ve become over the years. Every new system adds a few buttons or features and make it that much harder for those who don’t play to get involved. Games like Karaoke Revolution attempt to swing the pendulum back the other way, creating such a simple interface that anyone and their grandmother can pick up and instantly enjoy. As I learned this past weekend, it’s also much easier to play when drunk than most other games… and a hell of a lot more fun.
A group of about 10 friends and I ventured into a cabin in the woods this past weekend, armed with (among other things) a Keg of beer, liquor bottles too numerous to mention, a PS2, 2 microphones, and Karaoke Revolution presents American Idol.
After everyone saw how the game was played things started off slow. My girlfriend spearheaded things, singing a few songs to get things going. I joined in for a round of "If You Don’t Know Me By Now", and from there things picked up speed. It really only takes one or two people to get up and do something like this and everyone else just falls in line. From there on in everything was done as a duet, with little attention being paid to who was singing what part. At one point there was some tugging on the mic as everyone wanted a turn at the same time.
We decided to keep the vocal judging on easy the whole time, but to be honest no one really cared. I’m sure there are people out there that’ll compete in a game like this, but to me that seems like they’re missing the point. This game is best when people are laughing and singing along. On a song like "Build Me Up Buttercup" all 10 people in the room were singing at the tops of our lungs, with little attention to what the actual scoring was. And that’s what made it so much fun.
To sum it all up I can say without a doubt that the Karaoke Revolution became a huge hit at the cabin. While we spent time playing Gears of War and other games during the day, in the end it was Karaoke Revolution that closed every night out. Even those few that didn’t want to try on their own still had fun watching everyone and singing along. I can think of few games as accessible and outright fun as Karaoke Revolution presents American Idol, though I can really only say that when a group of friends are around. The game wouldn’t hold my interest if I were to play it alone.
As a testament to the party type atmosphere this game seems to create, people are still talking about the games played this past weekend, still laughing about the songs they sang, still laughing about putting their heart and soul into an alcohol hazed version of "Can’t Help Falling in Love".