Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore review

Like a pop hit, Encore is superficial but fun while it lasts


  • Many great classic tracks
  • One/two mic multiplayer
  • "What is Love" by Haddaway


  • Been there
  • sung that
  • No online play/DLC
  • Lacks PS2 bonus modes

Few expected the pairing of the Karaoke Revolution franchise and the popular American Idol television license (previously tied to a horrifying 2003 dance game) to produce such a genuine, revitalized iteration of the aging sing-along series, but it happened - and we're better singers because of it (maybe).

Above: All images are from the 360 version

Thirteen months later, Konami is back with Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore, and the addition of that final word to the title should tell you a lot about what to expect from this multiplatform sequel: it's more of the same. As with the last game, you'll ascend through the ranks of a mock singing competition by matching the vocal pitch using the included USB microphone, though the songs can be tackled individually as well. Randy and Simon from the show are joined this time around by Paula Abdul (who sat out the last game), and their post-performance barbs/kudos pack a little more spice, but still repeat on occasion.

Bands often save their best song(s) for the encore, and while we can't be sure of a concerted effort in that regard from Konami, there are some unexpected classics among the 40 included tracks. Notable favorites like "Tiny Dancer," "In the Air Tonight," and "Bohemian Rhapsody" lead a rocking back catalog, while "Unfaithful" and "Lips of an Angel"- along with others that aren't adultery slow jams- will keep younger warblers intrigued. Cover songs are still the norm for the franchise, which typically isn't a big deal, but a handful of curious interpretations had us longing for master tracks.

More Info

DescriptionWhile it saved some of its best tracks for the repeat performance, the overall experience hasn't changed much.
PlatformWii, Xbox 360, PS2
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date5 February 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)


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