Excerpt: Feel the Magic: XY/XX was a fun collection of mini-games all tied together with a bizarre love story. It was short-lived, but as a DS launch title it managed to showcase the unusual game mechanics possible on Nintendo's new handheld. So, Rub Rabbits is essentially more of the same, but does it offer anything new to the mix to lift the sequel above the throwaway fun of the original?
Excerpt: At launch, Feel the Magic XY/XX (or the infinitely inferiorly-named Project Rub to us Brits) was by far the best of the DS’ third party crop. That Japanese creativity and the sheer madness of helping a girl to find her lost belongings by clearing the sand away using your stylus was enough to sell the DS to this reviewer. However, the game was far too short for most, and basically contained a single player mode and the ability to play through previously completed stages.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It might seem that I don't like Rub Rabbits. I do. I think that there's a lot of fun to be had here while the experience lasts. Sonic Team are to be commended for continuing to make good use of the DS's functionality without delving into outright gimmickry. But the landscape has shifted and this brief experience isn't going to do it for everyone.
Excerpt: Is it just a coincidence that The Rub Rabbits appeared on store shelves right around Valentine's Day? For some V-Day might as well be the equivalent of D-Day for the Germans - a slow decline in their control of the situation. Your situation is your lack of a girlfriend, which is just what you are trying to get in this game. Perhaps though more interesting than that would be the target audience.
Excerpt: We all know the Nintendo DS’s launch was less than
spectacular, but Feel the Magic: XY/XX stood out from the crowd with a
unique graphic style, and even more unique gameplay. However, some
thought Feel the Magic lacked substance said it felt rushed. The story is nearly the same as the original, but
there’s more of a twist this time around. The unnamed protagonist of
this story falls in love with a girl (again at first sight!) and wants
to court her.
Conclusion: Still, The Rub Rabbits manages to improve upon the content of the game even if the Story Mode falls a little short. Some mini-games are available that allow multiple players on one DS system with “Hullabaloo,” a button pressing game, and “Baby Making Mode” where two players must cooperate to cut a wedding cake and make a baby. There are also six multiplayer games that only require one game card to play with.