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: 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.
Excerpt: One of the more interesting games available at the Nintendo DS launch was a nifty little minigame collection called Feel the Magic: XY/XX. The game took basic, single-action minigames that wouldn't seem terribly out of place in a WarioWare game and wrapped a crazy love story around them, which made the simple games more interesting. That same basic formula is what drives the game's sequel, The Rub Rabbits.
Pros: Nicely stylized graphics, Interesting story
Cons: Gameplay gets tedious, Music is repetitive, Not a lot of replay value