Ever wish the earsplitting, off-key vocals of the American Idol TV show would penetrate your gaming world? No? Then this isn't for you---and I'm really not sure who else would want to play it. In truth, you hardly "play" anything. Sure, there's some tapping along with Top 40 hits while your ugly character sings like a wannabe superstar (read: badly). And presumably, how accurately you tap determines how well your character sings. But (in perhaps the game's most realistic moment) even when you do well, your singing still totally sucks. You can't preview the schmaltzy songs you have to perform or even find out who they're originally by--oh wait, it doesn't matter whether or not you know the songs, since this game involves no actual singing! Don't be fooled by its so-called karaoke mode--all you do is sing along (to yourself, unamplified) with an instrumental track. I'm giving it points only because it technically works when you put it in your PlayStation 2. But don't you dare even look at this when you could be playing Karaoke Revolution.
If you want to press buttons while a cartoon character does bad karaoke, you might as well fiddle with your controller while watching cable. There's absolutely no connection between what's happening onscreen in American Idol and what your hands are doing. And in terms of excitement, the non-interactive karaoke mode is roughly as fun as taking an eye exam. The only button you really need to know about is on the back of your console and it's pretty much impossible to press it too soon.
Even Simon Cowell couldn't think of an insult demeaning enough for this game. It's bad enough that you can beat the singleplayer game in an hour. But that short time includes excruciating minutes spent watching ugly cartoon people sing off-key while you're waiting for your turn. And multiplayer games are no more fun than single-player ones: How stupid is it to judge your friends' ability to press buttons? There's no reason to buy this game--and this is coming from someone who loves the TV show. Bloody awful.