Feel the Magic XY/XX Review - The Next Level

Game Profile

System:
Nintendo DS
Release date:
November 20, 2004
Publisher:
SEGA
Developer:
Sonic Team
Players:
1
Genre:
Action
ESRB:
RP

Feel the Magic XY/XX

Rub to get the girl? We feel so dirty.

Review by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 20th 2004

Saving the best for last, Feel the Magic is a quirky, "Wario Ware-styled" adventure game that's packed with a bevy of wacky events masterfully tied into a good ol' fashioned love story.

The game puts you in the role of a young guy who's gone head over heels for a local hottie he desperately wants to date. In fact, he's so determined to get her attention, he teams up with a crew of super-performers who call themselves the "Rub Rabbits". With their help, our hero undergoes a series of madcap performances ranging from defending her from bulls, blowing out candles and even turning himself into a human bowling ball to take out pedestrians. I especially love the level where you must help Han and Lando escape the clutches of the deadly Sarlac Pit by rubbing the stylus below their feet to help them climb to safety. Actually, wait - that's not entirely right, but the level seems to have been inspired from the classic Return of the Jedi scene. There are a few odd events as well...ever helped goldfish escape out of an digestive system? Yeah, I thought as much.

Players start out with three "lives", which can be lost by failing to complete an objective within the allotted time, or simply failing to beat the levels altogether. Should you complete a level, it gets stored in what I've considered to be the "practice" mode called 'Memories'. There's also a mode which allows you to customize the appearance of your girlfriend upon unlocking certain conditions in the game (most likely completing levels in the quickest time possible).

And that's only the beginning. When he finally does succeed in asking her out, the insanity gets even more extreme after he encounters a rival who could possibly put an end to his new love life. Will he ever be able to feel the magic of true love? Only you have the power to decide his fate.

Feel the Magic is an enjoyable, addictive game that will offer hours of replay value. The distinct art style is distinct and cutting edge, depicted by the use of silhouette images; putting the game in a class of its own. And it's not uncommon that a smirk should come across your face due to the game's surreal, twisted sense of humor. (Anyone that loved Katamari Damacy would definitely fall in love with this). There's still plenty for me to uncover so it's safe to say I'll be playing this game for quite some time. Rub it!

Feel the Magic XY/XXx is also the first game to take advantage of the system's dual-game design in the form of some tasty unlockables. Click here for details.

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