Project Rub once again proves that Nintendo
is truly ahead of the pack in one of the most entertaining and somewhat
wholesome games of 2005 that uses the Nintendo DS console to its full
advantage. The full use of dual LCD screens, the touch screen and voice
recognition (speech and breathing) is all provided in this title.
Project Rub is a joint venture by one time rivals, SEGA and Nintendo that puts the gamer
in the role of a humble hero who must win the heart of a mysterious girl
by competing in some of the wackiest games of the year such as rescuing
fish from the stomachs of unsuspecting victims or preventing trolley
riders from crashing into rubbish bins.
Project Rub is an extremely quirky game with a
rather cartoon and anime feel about it, in other words, it's very
Japanese! The main section of the game is called story that revolves
around a guy trying for the attention of his favourite girl. To win the
girl, the guy must perform a number of weird and wonderful tasks, and as
you're controlling him, it's all up to you! The first task in Project
Rub is Goldfish and the first time I played this mini-game, I really
knew that I was in for a treat with Project Rub because it was original
and entertaining. Goldfish requires you to rub the touch screen with the stylus in
order to try and propel the fish upwards out of the stomach of an
unsuspecting victim, that is by vomiting the fish out. Although it may
sound rather disgusting, it is in actual fact quite fun.
There are lots of little tasks in the game and when you succeed in the
three tasks that make up a level in the girl's heart monitor, she will
slowly start to fall in love with you. However, if you fail she stamps
her foot & sighs and of course your heart monitor starts to drop. Another of the more entertaining tasks involves the
gamer protecting the girl from rampaging bulls and to do this, you tap
the bulls as they run towards you. To make things more interesting,
there are 100 bulls that you must that also include mini-bosses, skiers
and the end boss.
Fortunately you get three lives for each mini
task that you perform and if you fail three times, you have to restart the level.
However, if you complete a task successfully, it's saved to your
memories section and you can access ,emories from the main menu and
replay all your favourite tasks individually. A great little
feature to show your friends the power of the Nintendo DS and also show
off while you're at it.
If you find a mini game which you really can't do but you need to
complete three tasks to fill up the girl's heart monitor, pick one of
the games in that level that you're good at and do it twice! That will
allow you to progress further in the title which is a neat little
feature by SEGA that helps keep the playability of the title going.
Clean up is also a great game for voyeurs (a favourite to some of the
staff at impulsegamer) because it requires the gamer to rub off little
patches of dirt from your sweetheart and she'll sometimes be squirming
provocatively while you're doing the task. Great for the teenagers...
well, probably all males!
Apart from the story mode and memories section in Project Rub, the game
also contains maniac that
basically repeats the mini-games from the memories section but you are
awarded stars to play dress up. Basically, the maniac screen contains a
cartoon girl from head to feet and when you collect enough stars from
competing the mini games, you can change her hair, clothes and shoes
etc. Very Japanese!
Graphically, Project Rub is a combination of Vector graphics meets some
great visual effects that really suits the title perfectly. All the
characters in the game are silhouettes that move with realism and grace
and add in some strange background environments like 100 raging bulls or
cute little orange goldfish and you have one truly whacky and bizarre
title. The colour
palette of Project Rub is also quite vivid and match that with an
entertaining musical score, various sound bits and a plethora of sound
effects and you have one entertaining game that can be played by people
of all ages.
In conclusion, Project Rub is a very
addictive game that even non-gamers will enjoy. It really takes full
advantage of the Nintendo DS and is probably a game that all Nintendo DS
owners should buy. Cute, wholesome and a whole lot of fun, highly