A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You are a hero or heroine that saves the world of Zubalon from the evil clutches of the Big Head and his army of mischief-creating Zombos. Your method of defeating the bad guys is to beat them in a gag-fest.
Violence & Scariness
This battle system involves doing funny things to your opponent. You may tickles him with a feather, or jump on him and spin him around so fast that he goes careening out of the battle arena like a twirling top. Sometimes your battling Zubo will morph into a gorilla that beats on an opponent, but it looks like cartoon violence where characters fall over seeing stars float above their heads. One gag uses farts to defeat your opponent. No weapons, and no blood.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a combat game with very little violence. Instead of battling with swords and other weapons to inflict harm, characters battle with humorous gags to chase away or knock out their enemies. The ESRB rating of E10+ for crude humor shows up in a few gags that involve farts. And the mild cartoon violence shows up in gags that involve hitting another with a tennis ball or punching someone in a cartoon manner that causes them to see stars. No one is permanently hurt or dies, they're just defeated. Most of the gags are humorous like holding flowers under a character's nose to make him sneeze his way out of the arena. Plus, the battles themselves aren't about pushing buttons on a controller to do violence; they are about using quick reflexes to play a musical rhythm game. The game applies the popular turned-based battle mechanic, but turns it into a less violent game because the method of battle is humorous -- using gags instead of gore.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fabulous game because it has charming characters (each Zubo has his or her own personality); a cute story line; and a unique battle system that combines logic, humor, and rhythm gaming. The concept of using gags instead of gore is brilliant; especially for families looking to minimize violence in their children's gaming. Kids will look forward to the "battles" because the over 100 gag animations are hilarious to watch.
If two friends own the game, they can "battle" each other using the Zubos that they have befriended. Think of this game as a sort of Pokemon meets Elite Beat Agents meets Toontown. What makes Zubo so good it that it takes familiar game mechanics found in role-playing, battle, and rhythm games, mixes them all up and combines them in a new way to create something exceptional.
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