Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
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  1. If you are prone to having many house parties and find moments in which you would desperately want to embarrass yourself, or those around you, Lips could be just the game to spice the mood up a little. On the other hand if you consider yourself a ‘hardcore’ gamer or expect to enjoy Lips solo, you may be better off giving your lips a reset and wait for a successor on the 360.
  2. Lips does a good job at being a Karaoke simulator. The problem is it's not very good at being a game, especially compared to the other music games available.
  3. A good, pick-up-and-play singing game with a decent tracklist and great presentation and ease of use. Has its share of shortcomings in the single player mode, but can be a hit amongst a group of people.
  4. It’s a fun game, but pales in comparison to other current music games for the number of playable songs and entertainment value.
  5. The microphones themselves are worth commending for their sensitivity and overall appeal, and even if karaoke isn’t your cup of tea it might be worth splitting the game with a friend in hopes that Rock Band and Guitar Hero might have a compatibility patch with the microphones down the road. It might not be the best game in the genre, but as far as a casual singing experience on the system you’d be hard pressed to find one better than Lips.
  6. Lips isn’t the SingStar-killer it could have been. The game offers some original and new gameplay-options, which are fun to some degree, but ultimately lacks the polish to make it a worthy competitor for its equivalent on the PlayStation 3. People who have never played SingStar and are looking to add some spice to an otherwise boring party, are sure to have fun with Lips though. The microphones are wireless, contain a motion sensor, and look way more flashy than their PlayStation-counterparts. Thus, Lips seems like a decent step-up for more karaoke-gameplay on the Xbox 360 in the future.
  7. Not quite up to the excellent standards of Singstar, however a great first attempt which will no doubt evolve over time.
  8. A beyond-solid karaoke title and one that should have some staying power thanks to the world of DLC. Near essential if you like pop music, but it does have Duffy in it.
  9. Lips is sure to work its way up the chart, no matter how badly you want Auntie Glenda to put down the whiskey and stop bellowing out "Another One Bites the Dust.
  10. The song selection is actually not bad at all but the game modes could have been a bit more exciting than the ones found in this game. Still, you cannot go wrong with this one, karaoke fans.
  11. If you need a party game, you could do a lot worse than Lips.
  12. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Standard karaoke title with benevolent rating of the performance brings lot of fun for everyone. We can imagine a much much better playlist. [Issue#173]
  13. 68
    Despite all its drawbacks, Lips succeeds in one key area, and that’s providing an engaging short-burst living room karaoke experience. The interface is remarkably easy to use, the initial track list is solid and the motion-sensitive light-up microphones are outstanding (although it remains to be seen how they will hold up with extended use).
  14. 65
    Lips sets out to take the karaoke genre by storm, but ultimately doesn't hit the high notes thanks to a lacklustre single-player affair, lack of online options and a meagre track list.
  15. Lips' wireless mics and excellent song selection make for an evening's worth of entertainment, but it has little to offer solo players.
  16. Edge Magazine
    It’s hard to fault Lips for trying something different, even if it’s just a little. [Jan 2009, p.91]
  17. 60
    The gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. The singing engine itself is par for the course, but the motion-sensing mic as noise-maker and the implementation of Star Stream are huge annoyances that hurt the experience more than they help, especially if you're a big fan of karaoke games. Although Lips tries to transcend karaoke games by doing something different, it's ultimately hobbled by a foundation of mediocrity.
  18. We would have loved to see Lips give Singstar a good run for it's money. Singstar as a series is in need of a good kick in the behind, but alas Lips is not the game to force any innovation in the genre. The major problem we have with Lips is that there are way to few modes and features, rendering the game useless for anything other than a simple karaoke experience.
  19. Lips is a decent karaoke game, but nevers outgrows its bigger brother Singstar. The lack of some real online options and the ease on which you can hum your way past the different songs will scare of some gamers. Nevertheless, Lips offers a wide variety music, let's you play your own songs, offers some nice looking microphones and has and good overal presentation. In the end we still recommend Singstar, except when you don't own a PlayStation 2 or 3.
  20. But Lips is hardly a bad game, so if you're unable to go the Sony route, Microsoft's answer does most of what it needs to do to be successful.
  21. 55
    Though it will quickly bore vocalists acclimated to the challenge of "Rock Band," Lips excels as home karaoke, bringing style and pizzazz to a crowded genre. However, "Lips" is also exceedingly shallow.
  22. It's too easy, too isolated from other players, and too buggy.
  23. Lips disappoints by lacking in features in almost every area, and although the microphones set a new standard for future singing games to strive towards, the functionality is often worse than games nearly half-a-decade old.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    A good game that is a perfectly fine substitute to Playstation's Singstar. In a crowded market Lips is a pick up and go, family friendly titleA good game that is a perfectly fine substitute to Playstation's Singstar. In a crowded market Lips is a pick up and go, family friendly title that would be a sure hit at any house party. Microsoft could have a shinning brand new IP on it's hands as well as a really good game that could help them sell the Xbox 360. Lips keeps people around with fun mini games and a ever expanding library of new and old music of all genres. Full Review »
  2. Daz
    Dec 28, 2008
    can't really compare with singstar as i've not really much experience of, but i think lips isreally good. have used it withcan't really compare with singstar as i've not really much experience of, but i think lips isreally good. have used it with family over xmas with very pleasing results. the songs on teh disk are a very good selection and from xbox live the downloadable songs are only about £1 which i think is very good value. I'm sure this will get quite a bit of use over the coming months. My kids (9 and 5) really like it. Full Review »
  3. TaylorCarr
    Dec 12, 2008
    Magnificent! A great karaoke game that beats out its competition Singstar in some ways and loses in some ways. The microphones are fantasticMagnificent! A great karaoke game that beats out its competition Singstar in some ways and loses in some ways. The microphones are fantastic with the wireless and lighting on the mic. The song list is great and appeals the many different people. However, the feature most hyped about, being able to upload your own songs, is very dulled down. There is no way to get the album artwork, lyrics, or music video for your uploaded songs, which makes the feature kind of pointless. Overall, if you love singing, you should get this game. Full Review »