Excerpt: Getting developers to use the main unique selling point of the Nintendo DS in clever an innovative ways was always going to be a tough proposition. The majority of lazy development teams will allow players to use the stylus to control gameplay in the same way that the d-pad can, whilst others will ignore the option to use the bottom screen as an input device altogether.
Summary: Project Rub does an excellent job of showing off what the DS can do in these early stages of development technology wise. It's a pretty short game and has a limited amount of replayability but it is one of the better release titles and is a good showing of what should be on it's way on the format. If you're looking for a game to accompany your purchase of the DS then don't let your first impressions of this game get the best of you, try it and you won't be disappointed.
Excerpt: Project Rub is a very odd game. You spend your time trying to win the affections of a girl, which rather strangely makes you (if you are a man) feel very girly. If ever there was a game designed for women, this is it, except the dating scenario seems to be the wrong way round. I suppose warning signs should have rung in my head as soon as the game was announced; a set of minigames and a dating scenario is hardly action-hero stuff.
Excerpt: When the DS first launched, there were slim pickings on the software front. With few games of any note, one name that kept popping up with decent reviews was Project Rub, otherwise known as Feel the Magic XY/XX. But with Nintendos ambitious handheld now snowed under by a deluge of quality titles, does Segas effort still stack up? Read on to find out.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Unusual, short-lived and not without its charm, Project Rub is an essentially shallow package of a game presented in a sufficiently slick and appealing way to make it worth noticing. This is a game of style over substance, but it's a good example of the 'something new' that the Nintendo DS seems to be striving to provide.
Conclusion: Project rub is a must buy if you own a Nintendo DS, it puts all of the new functions of the DS to good use and gives you an insight as to what to expect in the future, although the game is a little weird Project Rub has to be one of the most addictive games we have ever played and is very entertaining.