Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D
It's a graveyard smash!
Preview by Brooke Janssens (Email)
June 23rd 2011
Not too long ago in May, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix made its début as a WiiWare title, but now Gabrielle and her ghoulish friends are getting ready to bust a move in 3D in their upcoming release for the 3DS. I had the pleasure of getting some hands-on time with the game, and though it took me a few tries to get use to tapping the bottom screen while viewing the top; the overall experience was something pretty darn original among rhythm games.
Each monster you meet will have its own story and six dances to complete.
It just so happened that Gabrielle sneezed her soul right out of her body and now has to find a way of getting herself "back inside." She'll have to seek help from the spookiest inhabitants of Monsterville, whose remedy is to shimmy, shake, and twirl in a number of ghastly dance moves. If she manages to scare up enough screams from people, she'll be able to get herself back in her body.
As you uncover Gabrielle's story in this rhythm adventure, you'll acquire over thirty stages to dance the night away. Progressing in the main story will unlock mini games, and the screams you collect can be used to purchase tons of outfits and items to dress Gabrielle up with. I know I can't be the only sucker for getting to customize characters, and this game does it well by offering a wide range of accessories, hair styles, costumes, and even makeup.
The game is broken down into six levels featuring a different monster that will dance with you in order to help you collect screams. Each monster you meet will have its own story and six dances to complete, which will become progressively more difficult. The dance moves all involve tapping, rubbing, flicking, and other various maneuvers with the stylus. Once a dance is completed, it'll be archived and available to play again at any time with different difficulty settings.
Concerning the character design and nonsensical theme, some may pass this one off as purely a kids' game; however, the art style lends itself well to 3D, and the game takes advantage of some of 3DS abilities such as motion control and pop-up effects. Fans of rhythm games and those who like to embrace everything charming, fun, and silly should definitely give Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D a second look. No official release date has been set yet, but Natsume is aiming for July 2011.