Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Is it the next "DDR?" No. Will a 13 year old girl love this game? Yeah, I think so.
  2. Nothing more than an unpolished, but promising, rhythm title. [Feb 2004, p.103]
  3. It’s a very simple concept, if you’re a Pop Idol fan then you’ve probably already put in your pre-order for this game, if you’re not then it’s better left staying away from this game it’s simply too shallow and doesn’t last long enough to warrant more then a rent.
  4. A couple of years ago this title might have flown but there are just too many music games currently available for the PS2, and American Idol just seems like a quick and dirty knockoff to cash in on the fever of the show.
  5. If you want a good rhythm game, look elsewhere. And if you want American Idol, just go watch the show.
  6. 40
    If you buy this, you've been duped. This game is a quick cash-in and isn't even worth a rental. Save the receipt and return it for "Karaoke Revolution."
  7. A cash grab...a shallow game. It's a novelty that will disappoint many in the long run.
  8. Overall it seems like the production attitude was, to quote the Simon Cowell-managed Westlife, "Hey, whatever." A very poor cash-in, and one to avoid.
  9. The recipient of the "Coaster of the Year" award. Beer steins everywhere are smiling.
  10. There's a decent selection of songs, but the frequent loading, limited game play and repetitive nature of the title just make it too boring for most to handle after a handful of sessions with the game.
  11. 20
    Strictly for Barbie collectors or fans of the show who have no understanding of what makes a good videogame, American Idol is a cheap rip-off of other, much better games, and an overall unimpressive attempt to cash in on a popular TV phenomenon.
  12. There's something fundamentally wrong about the fact that you can beat American Idol - and not miss a single note - with the sound off. [Feb 2004, p.101]
  13. 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. [Feb 2004, p.114]
  14. One of those rare games that make you wonder how it is even authorized to be sold for a profit.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. HenrikS.
    Jun 7, 2007
    Well, much like the show itself. Repetitive, boring, and not worth the time spent on it.
  2. EM
    Feb 9, 2005
    I think this game is brilliant! I can't put it down!
  3. MartinL.
    Oct 28, 2004
    This game is horrible...but I luv American Idol. If u LOVE Kelly Clarkson, my AIM sn if funkymunkydude16. Just say "hey, I'm from"...thnx! Full Review »