Electronic Arts today took the wraps off a new casual game designed for kids. Called Zubo, the game will be a Nintendo DS exclusive, and will combine genres as a “music-based rhythm-action adventure.”
The cross-genre play sounds confusing, but it’s really not. Naturally, music is going to play a key role in Zubo, so players will find themselves using the music to drive battles forward by synchronizing their stylus action and tapping in time with the musical beats.
So what are all the battles about in Zubo? Glad you asked. Players will enter the world of Zubalon to help the colorful and zany inhabitants (called Zubos) defeat an evil force bent on world domination. Aren’t they always? Players can befriend the Zubos they meet along the way, feed and nurture them, help them gain skills and strength, and assist them in their battles with the enemy.
The thing is, music is basically how Zubos communicate, and indeed the entire planet communicates, from plant life to a currency system comprised of musical notes.
Zubos will also include a host of mini-games, as well as 55 Zubos total for players to find and recruit to their squad.
Zubo will ship for the DS this fall.