Zubo DS


Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. Zubo is an interesting gem from EA that is neither tied to a recognizable license or a sequel of an existing game.
  3. AceGamez
    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.
  4. An outstandingly realized rhythm-based battle system housed in an average adventure, all wrapped up in gorgeous visuals.
  5. 70
    While there's depth in the action there's not a lot in the single section to keep your attention for more than an hour or so in one sitting.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. What is Zubo? I would describe it as a Pokémon-music game with RPG-motivation, able to entertain not only players of the younger generation. It’s a pity that there is only one slot to save the game.
  9. 80
    It's unlikely to make it to the top of anyone's game of the year list, but it's still worth a look if you're between AAA titles.
  10. Zubo is a good surprise, a mix of genres that actually works, in a fun and original universe.
  11. 75
    It's not a game that will be all that entertaining for anyone in the mid-teens or above, but it still might be worth stealing from a younger sibling to check out the unique blend of rhythm action and RPG.
  12. Unique combat and cheery visuals make this kid-friendly role-playing game fun, despite some flaws.
  13. 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.
  14. When all is said and done, Zubo is a nice effort by EA Bright Light to appeal to a younger demographic while still providing an experienced that isn't dumbed-down. This makes it perfect for an aspiring gamer. That being said, the title isn't complex enough to truly appeal to people outside of the intended audience.
  15. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    A wonderfully simple game with lots of humour and decent longevity.
  16. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Classy RPG gaming for a younger crowd. Buy it for your kid brother, then borrow it when no-one's looking. [Nov 2008, p.88]
  17. Games Master UK
    Simplistic but amusing; one only for the targeted age group. [Christmas 2008, p.84]
  18. Nintendo Gamer
    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]
  19. Nintendo Power
    Zubo is simply too long, too meandering, and doesn't have any spirit - lifeless jokes and boring enemies turn a promising game into an elaborate chore. [Apr 2009, p.87]

Awards & Rankings

#73 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#69 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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 collectUnderrated. 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! Full Review »
  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 inA 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!!! Full Review »