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Project rub for the Nintendo DS is a great game and offers a long and varied gameplay. Project rub is made up of a collection of mini games, which follow a story where you are trying to rescue a girl.
The game has great sound effects, which are very comical and over the top. Project rub has quite basic graphics however due to the nature of the game this works well. Due to this being a collection of mini games the features of the Nintendo DS are put to full use - touch screen and microphone. This might sound a bit gimmicky however it is executed well in this game.
The main story in Project Rub took me approximately 4 hours to complete.
The mini games are very varied and gradually get more difficult as the game progresses. If you like games such as Wario Ware Touched then this is definitely a game for you!
I would recommend anyone with a Nintendo DS to buy this game as it is a varied game that you can just pick up and play for either a short or long time.
When I first picked up Project Rub I wasn't quite sure what to expect - scantily clad girl on the cover, the word 'rub' in the title - but as it turns out, the game itself is nowhere near as dodgy as it seemed.
This is a creative, quirky little game which will keep you amused for hours as you blow, tap, rub and shout your way through the various mini-games, all with the object of gaining the affections of a girl (who in my opinion, is far more trouble than she's worth, but oh well...). The games are unusual and imaginative, ranging from fighting off angry bulls to rescuing your girl from the jaws of a carnivorous plant, and although they lose their novelty somewhat once you've played through them all once, this is still a fun game to revisit if you have some time to kill. There is also the option to replay mini-games at higher difficulties, or without losing a life, which makes them MUCH more difficult...
I honestly believe this is a game everyone should have in their DS library, simply for its innovative and refreshing use of the touchscreen and DS mic, and it really is good fun. My only advice would be to make sure you don't play it too much at first, because you could easily have it completed in a day, but don't let that fool you into thinking this game is easy-peasy, as some of the mini-games can be quite a challenge.
However, while I think this game is definately worth picking up, I wouldn't go full price for it - maybe £10-£15, but definately not £30-£40 as is usual for a brand new DS game. But considering this game has been out quite a while now, I doubt it would be too hard to find it for cheap, and it really is worth checking out.
Project Rub is a Nintendo DS launch title, that flaunts the new and unique attributes of the hand-held console. Also known as Feel the Magic: XY/XX, and Kimi no Tame nara Shineru in Japan, it was released at the E3 Media and Business Summit in 2004 by the then-executive managing director, Yuji Naka. It has since the "Best Concept" award at the 2006 Imagina Games Awards.
A quirky, Japanese-influenced game that bares striking similarities to the Wario Ware series, Project Rub is comprised of a number of puzzle games that become increasingly fiendish as you progress through the levels. The story mode puts you in the place of a young man who is smitten with an attractive young girl, and your task is to impress her by becoming a member of the "Rub Rabbits".
Successfully completing a mini-game earns you love points (earning 100 points takes you through to the next level), but being defeated costs you points, leaving you frustrated and hopelessly addicted.
After poking goldfish out of peoples' stomachs, and preventing scorpions crawling up your loved one's hair, you reach a boss level, which ramps up the difficulty level even further, and ensures your wrist will be aching for the next few hours.
The graphics are a bit like Marmite, in that you either love them or hate them. Whilst not very advanced for a new console, it boasts bright, attractive colours with japanese style shaded characters, making the 2D aspect more enjoyable.
The music is based somewhat on what is known as J-pop (i.e. the kind of pop music you might come across in Japan), and the game even allows you to record some of your own sound that will then go on to be looped throughout the music whilst you play the game.
You can even unlock special features by putting classic SEGA gameboy advance games in your DS before playing Project Rub - a nice little touch that gives it that bit more longevity once you finally make it through all the levels.
In conclusion, although Project Rub may never take the entire world by storm, it is a brilliant little puzzle game that shows what the DS is capable of, and it will keep you occupied for a long time!
(As written for Ciao.co.uk)
Project Rub is what the touch screen was made for, utilising every facet of the new control techniques made possible by Nintendo, this game is as inventive as it is wacky and weired.
From the opening game which involves coaxing goldfish out of someones stomach to helping youths manage a downhill slalom in a shopping trolley. The game does seam a bit adult type when you look at the box, but it's nothing like that in the game, unfortunately.
Still, this is a game that promises to keep you amused for hours, just make sure your girlfriend/wife/mother doesn't catch you lovingly stroking the focus of the game's attentions.
I do think that this game is a bit of a catch with the male gender as the cover can be attractive to them, but it seams just great for kids of all ages. I think the shadowed people are just pointless in the game and stops parents giving it the their kids, as no father or mother wants a game than shows up a shadow of some woman as it loads.
Great use of Touch Screen
Graphics style could be better.