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By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Pokemon-like battle game is funnier, with less violence.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: March 10, 2009
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Crude Humor and Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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