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  • Summary: Zubo is a music-based rhythm-action game featuring a unique set of characters. Players enter the world of Zubalon to help the colorful and zany inhabitants, the Zubos, defeat an evil force which is bent on world domination. Players can befriend the Zubos they meet along the way, feed and nurture them, help them gain skills and strength, and assist them in their battles with the enemy, the dastardly Zombos. A key element to Zubo is music, which is intrinsic to Zubalon from its tuneful plant life through to its currency of musical notes. The player uses the music to drive the battles forward, synchronizing their stylus action and tapping in time with the musical beats to win. With 55 Zubos available to find and recruit to a player’s squad, plus a wealth of interactions and mini-games, and the world of Zubalon to explore, Zubo offers a rewarding Nintendo DS experience. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. A wonderfully simple game with lots of humour and decent longevity.
  2. What is Zubo? It's very easy to ask the question, but very difficult to give an answer, and this is one of the reasons to think that Zubo is an innovative game. It doesn't create a genre but it combines a little of them in order to develop a rhythmic, entertaining and original RPG title.
  3. This is an extremely solid RPG for beginners that only really suffers because it's something kids won't be familiar with. Had this been attached to a recognisable cartoon we'd be looking at one of the best children's games of the year.
  4. With the exploration element falling short of usual standards in terms of both control and interesting things to do, the combat stands out as being a real saviour of the game, and you can even go head-to-head with a friend.
  5. An often charming adventure for the CBBC crowd but too flaccid a storyline with too infuriating a score for the rest of us. [Dec 2008, p.75]
  6. Zubo is an entertaining rhythm-based game that manages to fuse several genres in an intelligent way whilst maintaining an easy to play approach. It is an ideal game to start with for youngsters who want to try a role playing game whilst at the same time there is just enough within to keep the rest of us adults playing it.
  7. Zubo is a turn based roleplaying game with music as it's theme. Although overly easy and child friendly it still offers a fun experience even for the seasoned gamers. As a quick and easy piece of entertainment, Zubo does deliver.

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  1. KyleG.
    Apr 20, 2009
    Underrated. This is the first turned based RPG that a 7 year old can properly play since Pokemon. There are over 50 Zubos you can collect and each with their own set of attacks broken into 3 basic archetypes. You are allowed to bring 3 Zubos into every battle so it's easy to make sure you have a good mix of strategic possibilities to fit the situation. Battles in Zubo are a good mix of turn based strategy and rhythm based gameplay that are at once entertaining and simplistic enough for younger kids to fully grasp and enjoy. An abundance of humor permeates the game in both the story and in many of the actual moves you pull of in battles. The game is definitely cute and funny enough to get tons of chuckles out of adults and kids alike. The game looks great on the DS with a nice 3D overhead view for adventuring and sharp cinematic camera for the battles. Terrific art and animation bring the quirky world of Zubo to life with great style. while the sound and music fit the visuals perfectly. It is a long game (as is the case with the majority of turn based RPGs) but the constant collecting of Zubos make it an interesting and enjoyable experience throughout it's entirety. I highly recommend this game......it's a BLAST! Expand
  2. PanagiotisPapadopoulos
    Oct 7, 2008
    A beautiful game by all means! I 'd call it a music rpg and not only for the younger ones. It 's just so funny to hit the screen in rhythmic way and beat the opponent! The environment, graphics, music are of a very high grade! I love it!!! Expand