Pop Idol

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Pop Idol



A music game that can be beaten without sound, because of it's easyness isn't singing at all
Genre: Music
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Game Boy Advance
Release Date: PlayStation 2
EU: November 7, 2003
NA: November 11, 2003

Microsoft Windows
EU: November 7, 2003
NA: November 18, 2003

Game Boy Advance
NA: November 18, 2003
EU: November 21, 2003
Developer: Hothouse Creations
Möbius Entertainment (GBA)
Publisher: Codemasters

Pop Idol (also known as American Idol in North America) is a 2003 music rhythm video game based on the popular TV series, Idols. Developed by Hothouse Creations and published by Codemasters for the PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. The Game Boy Advance version was developed by Möbius Entertainment (now known as Rockstar Leeds).

Why It Sucks

  1. European cover art looks as if someone did it on Paint.NET. Also, there is animated looking characters in the cover, and the host of the game is live action.
  2. This game doesn't even a memory card save option, instead there is a password system.
  3. The character models in the console version, look like a poor man's version of the Xbox 360 avatars.
  4. When you create your character, the game turns the character around and around, and it can be distracting. The Game Boy Advance version however turns the character way slower.
  5. All three voice options for your character sound the same, which can be bland.
  6. The characters are usually poorly-animated in the console version, but the Game Boy Advance version is even worse.
  7. Lots of loading screens, and this can get annoying since there is a woman sound effect that always repeats and that can get on your nerves. Even the Game Boy Advance version didn't have them.
  8. When you mess up during a song, they didn't even try to mess with the singing, instead they just made the pitch higher.
  9. Overly easy and even if you muted the entire sound, the game would still play the same.
  10. Can't forget the dance mat mode in which all it does is just remapping all the buttons on the D-Pad.
  11. When you win a talent show, your character says the same thing "Thanks, that means a lot to me!" every time.
  12. When you beat the game, instead of a reward, you just get the main host of the game to compliment you. In the GBA version you not only get that but also your character doing a victory dance for 5 seconds.
  13. Horrible audio in the Game Boy Advance version, as everything is compressed and it makes the voices sound like a horrid mess, and cannot be understood.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Most of the songs are very good.
  2. When you mess up the song and the game makes the character sound high pitched, can lead up to funny moments.
  3. At least it has the Pop Idol theme song.
  4. Simon Cowell voices himself.


Metacritic claimed that the game received "generally unfavorable" reviews. PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance versions received 41/100, and the PC version received 39/100.

Both X-Play and OPM gave it a 1 out of 5. Nintendo Power gave the Game Boy Advance version 3.2 out of 5.



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