Zubo :: DS Game Review
Get thrust into the strange world of Zubalon, make new friends, and help them defeat their evil Zombie clones.
Zubo starts off very quickly, thrusting you right into the middle of the story and game, but gets more and more drawn out as you play on. In the game, you star as the savior of the Zubos, who suddenly finds herself on the strange planet of Zubalon. There, you befriend many different Zubos, each with unique personalities and abilities, and you help face off against the Zombos, evil clones of Zubos that are creating havoc across the land.
Patty Cake Attack!?
Everything in Zubo, from movement, using items, and battles, is done with the stylus. It works out pretty well, you just tap where you want to move and select what you want to do or use. There are also many awesome mini-games, like Whack-a-Zombie, to try out and enjoy.
Battling against Zombos in Zubo is like playing a Rhythm game, not unlike Elite Beat Agents. In order to get the most of your attacks, you must watch and wait as a glowing yellow outline shrinks to overlap a glowing red outline and tap the screen once they match. For battles, there is great music with a perfect beat to help you time your attacks correctly.
Great for RPG Fans, but...
Zubo is basically a Role Playing Game with a Rhythm mini-game battle system. RPG fans will like that there is a huge world to explore, many enemies to fight and friends to make. There are over 50 Zubos to meet. As well, there is a good strategy side to the game, as there are three kinds of Zubos: Fighters, Performers, and Defenders, and each are strong and weak against each others in different ways, meaning you must select the best Zubo to use in a battle.
However, battles tend to drag on as you must tap out the rhythm for all your attacks, which can make a simple two-hit fight last much longer than it should. Each Zubo only learns four attacks in total. The battle animation is definitely cool, but after seeing it more than ten times, you might be wishing that you can disable animation like in Pokemon.
Bang for Buck?
Zubo boasts many hours of gameplay, but a lot of it is repetitive animations and backtracking. If you like games Final Fantasy and Pokemon, you might find some value in this game, especially since the rhythm elements does make things a bit more interesting and is different from other RPGs. However, this is not a game for people who want a bit more action and variety.
ESRB Rating: E 10+