I like Abba. Abba likes me. Well, at least they probably would if they ever met me. Except they probably never will. They’re dead, aren’t they?
Well, anyway, I like Abba. Which is why when SingStar: Abba became available, I was assigned the review. Not that I really minded. SingStar is a fairly fun game, after all, and being able to sing my lungs out with awesome music that makes everyone else in my house writhe in agony sounded pretty darn awesome.
For those of you who don’t know, SingStar is a game in which you take a plastic microphone, belt out whatever song you’ve chosen, and hope that the colored line coincides with the bars that you’re supposed to be aiming for. Essentially, it’s the singing part of rock band, in a game all by itself.
The game has several modes: a solo mode, two types of two-player gameplay (one competitive, one cooperative), and a “Pass the mic” mode where a large amount of people can participate in mini-game like challenges. There is also an online mode, where you can show off your high scores and publish goofy videos of yourself.
SingStar Abba hasn’t changed much. Actually, it hasn’t changed at all from the original game. The only thing that seems different from any other SingStar pack is that it contains nothing but Abba songs. The game comes with a special Abba wallpaper for the menus, but if you get tired of that, you can change it to something else.
The basic game mechanics are the same, as are the difficulty levels. There are still medleys, a practice mode, and the exact same online component as the original SingStar. In fact, I don’t know why the creators decided to make a whole new game instead of just releasing a song pack or two. Most likely after Mama Mia came out, someone decided that they could make a quick buck.
As far as the songs go, there is a wide selection of traditional ABBA songs. It covers a wide span of the band’s career. It ranges from old favorites like “Dancing Queen” to songs that I’ve never actually heard of like, “Summer Night City” (If this is one that people believe I should know, I apologize. It really wasn’t my generation, after all).
One of the benefits of the SingStar title is the fact that music videos play underneath. SingStar ABBA is no exception. Weird videos in all their disco glory can be seen while your singing. This is a neat bonus, but once again something that the original did.
I do not want to give the wrong impression. I really did like the game. It is fun, addictive, and a fairly great party game. However, there is just nothing new besides the songs in this particular volume.
Also, Abba is a band that people tend to either love or hate. So, this game has a fairly specific audience. If you hate Abba, you may just want to skip this one. If you already have a copy of SingsStar, rent it.
However, if you are a fan of Abba this game is a treasure trove of great songs, as well as film and photo clips complete with disco lights and bad hair. So, if you are new to the game, are a fan of Abba, or do not see a problem with waking up your neighbors with your butchered version of “Mama Mia”, buying this game would be a very good idea.
Lyndsey Ellis is Associate Editor at Bag Of Mad Bastards, and the newest addition to the B.O.M.B. staff.