Swap the shower head for a real microphone with this Karaoke masterpiece from Microsoft

What It Is

A music-based game in which you sing along to words on a screen without any instrument controllers? Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, but there was a time not long ago when these types of games, usually referred to as Karaoke, were the only form of music game available.

In Lips, you select from 40 different songs and use the included wireless microphones to belt out the tunes. All 40 songs from such artists as Young MC, Duffy, and Peter Bjorn and John are available at the beginning of the game and you can choose any of them right from the start, which is great if you don't want to play through several hours just to reach a favorite song. A wide variety of music genres are included and many songs have the original music videos running behind the words on screen.

Why It’s Fun

Unlike Guitar Hero or Rock Band, Lips is not a game that requires you to play through, reach goals, and unlock levels. In fact, you can’t fail for doing poorly and no matter how bad you sing, you won’t be thrown out of a song. Although there are points awarded for head-to-head singing challenges, Lips is really more about grabbing a mic and having a good time with friends. In essence, it is Karaoke and captures all the fun of hanging out, laughing with and singing along with friends.

Who’s Going To Love It

Lips is geared more towards a slightly older crowd (not kids) and will probably appeal most to 20-30 somethings. The wide selection of music should provide plenty of crowd-pleasers along with something special for every budding singer out there.

This is a party game that is most fun when played in groups.

What To Be Aware Of

One of the coolest features of Lips is the continually growing song database. In addition to the 40 songs that come on the disc plus the ability to play your own music, you can also download new songs directly onto the Xbox 360 console through Xbox Live.

Lips comes with two wireless and motion-sensitive mics. Standard Xbox 360 controllers can also be used with the game for percussion play.

Fun Scale

0 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: iNis Corp.
Rated: T (Teen)

System: Xbox 360
Genre: Music/Karaoke
Players: 2 - 4

MSRP: $69.99
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: November 2008

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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