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
- 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.
- This game doesn't even a memory card save option, instead there is a password system.
- The character models in the console version, look like a poor man's version of the Xbox 360 avatars.
- 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.
- All three voice options for your character sound the same, which can be bland.
- The characters are usually poorly-animated in the console version, but the Game Boy Advance version is even worse.
- 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.
- When you mess up during a song, they didn't even try to mess with the singing, instead they just made the pitch higher.
- Overly easy and even if you muted the entire sound, the game would still play the same.
- Can't forget the dance mat mode in which all it does is just remapping all the buttons on the D-Pad.
- When you win a talent show, your character says the same thing "Thanks, that means a lot to me!" every time.
- 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.
- 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.
- Most of the songs are very good.
- When you mess up the song and the game makes the character sound high pitched, can lead up to funny moments.
- At least it has the Pop Idol theme song.
- 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.