The Rub Rabbits! DS

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 13, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
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  1. It should be no surprise that "Feel the Magic: XX/YY"'s sequel, The Rub Rabbits (a.k.a. Where Do Babies Come From? in Japan) lives up to its predecessor in every way shape and form, and even manages to surpass it in most aspects. [JPN Import]
  2. 90
    In an incredibly cool turn of events, you'll also be flipping your DS upside-down and side-ways, as some of the mini-games flip the top and bottom screens around in some innovative ways.
  3. 90
    Whether you sit down for three minutes or three hours, there is little to dislike here. Just be careful when playing -- it's quite easy to get a bit carried away with the stylus. It any game is going to test the durability of your DS's touch screen, this is it.
  4. In taking the inventive foundation left from Feel the Magic and building on it with more modes and mini-games, The Rub Rabbits is by far a much better all-around game even though the core content may not seem as overwhelmingly unique as it once did roughly a year and a half ago.
  5. The Feel the Magic series needs to be a little less shallow before I’ll consider a third date, but I wouldn’t turn it down completely.
  6. Nintendo Power
    Appealing on many levels, and its most shocking moments are sure to raise a few eyebrows. [Mar 2006, p.87]
  7. 80
    Everything that "Feel the Magic XY/XX" meant to be, and ultimately its lengthier game progression, and meatier options list makes it a better game.
  8. 80
    The impact of the visual style, which was so unique almost a year ago, has in no way diminished, making it just as engaging and as much of a treat to behold as the first.
  9. 80
    It's just as delightfully weird and soothing as it's ever been, and the numerous options will keep you hammering away on your virtual heart throughout the night. Dig right in and rub those rabbits!
  10. It’s silly, strange and possibly psychotic, but it’s our silly, strange and possibly psychotic. You’ll criticise it, maybe even question its validity as a complete game, but you damned well won’t put it down before you’ve finished it. It’s marvellous.
  11. Some people just won’t get it, but everyone else who plays it will fall completely in love with the concept, the control system and the entire look of the package.
  12. This game is nothing but fun, with a dash of frustration and an immersion in the pop culture of another country.
  13. So while the first game was a fun mindless DS launch title the sequel turns out to be more of the same with a bit more polish. This is the type of game where if you love it you love it and if you hate it you hate it. [JPN Import]
  14. netjak
    It’s fun and all, but you really feel like there’s not much use to picking up this one if you already own Feel The Magic.
  15. 75
    Pacing in Rub is a bit off. Level five is sometimes harder than level seven for example.
  16. Game Informer
    The unintentionally dirty translation mistakes are largely gone, the hero is pretty savvy, and the story almost kind of makes sense. [Apr 2006, p.134]
  17. The music here and the design all are distinctly Japanese, with crazy refrains like "Rub it!" being shouted all the time. Don't ask me to explain. Just pick up and enjoy.
  18. Even though The Rub Rabbits is leaps and bounds over its predecessor, and weaves a unique tale with amazing style and grace...playing the game will give any Feel the Magic vet a fit of deja vu.
  19. Overall The Rub Rabbits is a very nice diversion well suited to a handheld. Just don’t let the young ones play it, otherwise they may truly believe babies come out of cakes.
  20. I was glad to see so many different modes, but the only two that were really worthwhile were Story and Memories. Add that to the shoddy graphics and terrible music, and you have a below average game.
  21. There aren't as many games here but since they are more involved they last longer than five seconds.
  22. Because of its predecessor's innovation and creativity, you can't help but feel that The Rub Rabbits is more of the same and lacks that essential factor on this reason alone. Stylish, fun and endearing, The Rub Rabbits should however be in your collection if you consider yourself a serious DS owner.
  23. 70
    The game is quite fun, but it is an awful lot like the original, and it lacks the novelty factor that Feel the Magic benefited from. Despite the familiar territory, though, I never found myself bored with the game.
  24. These Rabbits make an amazing fling, but you won't want to buy them breakfast.
  25. A solid sequel to "Feel the Magic," but the DS has been out a while, and using the system to play a variety of quirky mini games is not exactly foreign territory anymore.
  26. You can easily find a lot to like in The Rub Rabbits!, and the diversity of gameplay keeps you hooked for a long time, but like those booth games at the carnival, you will probably grow bored or despise many for their simplicity or frustration factor.
  27. NGC Magazine UK
    Sequels can't be unique, and without any novelty, there isn't enough fun to last the day. Less than the sum of its slick parts. [Apr 2006, p.48]
  28. It's got less appeal second time around and, while it's unique, as a game it isn't much fun. [GamesMaster]
  29. It's fun for a little while, but it’s all over way to soon to be truly enjoyable.
  30. 65
    Fans of the original will find more to enjoy from this game, and those looking for some multiplayer action will have a blasts with what’s on offer. However, the game just losses a lot of interests, and fast.
  31. That's not to say that it won't provide a few diverting hours of stylus-rubbing and microphone-blowing, but don't expect anything but a standard "part two" effort without a lot of meat to it.
  32. While The Rub Rabbits has a stylish and pleasing look to it, the the simple, often tedious minigames are too shallow to hold your interest.
  33. The thirty plus mini games in Where do Babies Come From are great for quick plays, but this title is really designed for people who absolutely loved "Feel the Magic XX/XY." [JPN Import]
  34. A similar mould as the quirky Feel the Magic, get ready for a fairly confusing plot involving a slew of mini-games, most of which aren't that exciting at all.
  35. Another slice of obscurity from the Sonic Team cake of craziness, it's just a shame that the proverbial cake is half-baked and could do with a bit more icing.
  36. Each mini-game forces you through five levels, each one slightly harder and slightly more irritating than the last.
  37. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I felt the magic before, but Rabbits! left me feeling a little heartbroken. [Apr 2006, p.105]
  38. 50
    It's a nice diversion on a quick flight to Vegas, but if your traveling to Europe, bring "Animal Crossing: Wild World" instead.
  39. 50
    The much-touted "Baby Making" game, in which both players enter personal information and then coordinate efforts to cut a cake, is worth trying once if -- and only if -- your house is spotless, you've paid all your bills, and the cable is out.
  40. It is inventive, creative and strangely compelling, but the more difficult tasks can be frustrating and its lasting appeal is limited.
  41. It's hard not to appreciate the artistry behind The Rub Rabbits, but it's quite easy to write off its boring, repetitive gameplay.
  42. Computer Games Magazine
    If you got a Nintendo DS, there are just too many better way to, ahem, feel the magic. [May 2006, p.91]
  43. games(TM)
    The touch screen is now just another method of input and, as such, a compendium of weak mini-games will no longer cut it as entertainment. [Mar 2006, p.122]

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MariBrito
    Sep 29, 2009
    I love this game!!! it's true that it is very similar to Feel the Magic, but if it wasn't it wouldn't be a true sequel!! I meanI love this game!!! it's true that it is very similar to Feel the Magic, but if it wasn't it wouldn't be a true sequel!! I mean they added some new cool features, and different games!! but in the same crazy, freaking, cool style!! and it is true that if you don't like one of them then you won't like the other! I loved the first! and in consequence I love this one!!! Full Review »
  2. J.L.Toledo
    Jul 21, 2006
    I really liked the game, but lets be realistics, if you are to desesperated to have a girl then look for this game, or for wath other reason I really liked the game, but lets be realistics, if you are to desesperated to have a girl then look for this game, or for wath other reason people bought it? Full Review »
  3. SarahT.
    Mar 7, 2006
    This game is GREAT!! I think this because for a start the graphics, and artistry is amazing and their is loads to do on it, and secondly(th This game is GREAT!! I think this because for a start the graphics, and artistry is amazing and their is loads to do on it, and secondly(th big point) is that this game helps all thoses people out there who aren't very confident, it develops their social skills and gives them confidence to talk to people of the oppisite sex in a different way. Full Review »