Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. A cash grab...a shallow game. It's a novelty that will disappoint many in the long run.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. The recipient of the "Coaster of the Year" award. Beer steins everywhere are smiling.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. One of those rare games that make you wonder how it is even authorized to be sold for a profit.
  8. 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."
  9. 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]
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 »