During the time I have been playing video games, I have played some really under rated games. Games that made me almost want to kick myself for investing time and money in them.
And with that said I am here to tell you that if you have invested in video games such as Zubo and Avalon Code for the Nintendo DS, they are not bad games, just maybe a little misunderstood.
Take Zubo, for example. It’s a light RPG with a difference. It is stylus driven. But if you have played The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, that too, is stylus driven. And in Zubo, you, the hero literally crash into a place known as Zubalon.
Furthermore, just like any RPG, the object here is to defeat villains or Zombos in this case, solve puzzles and rescue and collect other Zubos (55 in all) in order to set things right in the land of Zubalon.
You also get to choose the gender of your hero when the game starts. I chose to play as a girl because, you know, I am a girl. But maybe in my second playthrough I will play as the boy just for fun.
While your hero does not do any of the fighting, your Zubos do. And each of them come equipped with their fighting skills and abilities. You fight the Zombos to the tune of music and if you tap the touch screen in time when the outlines meet around your Zubo, you can score a high hit rate on the enemy.
Now prior to playing Zubo, I read lots of reviews about the game. Reviews that I found to be a little harsh. But having invested about two hours into it, I found Zubo to be entertaining, engaging and not as bad as the reviewers said it could be.
All right, so maybe it’s not a Final Fantasy epic. But it does come with beautiful 3D graphics, great music and sound effects and has ten worlds for you to explore and conquer.
In addition, you also make full use of the Nintendo DS functions in the game. For instance, in one scenario, you might find yourself blowing cobwebs to clear the way in the Horror House.
Or you might also have to shout out something in the system’s microphone to wake up someone, or a Zubo.
I am glad I did not pass up Zubo for the Nintendo DS. I like it. And I know most of us avid RPG fans have been spoiled by the Final Fantasy series of video games, but maybe the Final Fantasy games should not be the measuring stick by which all other RPGs should be judged.
Up next. Another misunderstood game for the Nintendo DS that came out in 2009. That game is Avalon Code.