Chubbins reminds me of Bounce on the Personal Computer (PC) from
Breakthrough Gaming. Chubbins comes into Family Friendly Gaming Nation
from Dahku, and it is on the Wii U. The D-pad and the plus sign are the
main buttons that are used to play Chubbins.
The lack of the joysticks, touch screen, and other button controls threw me for a loop at first. I had to think differently to be able to play Chubbins. This was when I realized Chubbins is one hard downloadable video game. Apologies to the physical copy gamers, this game only comes in a download version.
The goal in Chubbins is to get your chubby round little bunny to the exit spot. The blocks will show you which way they are going to bounce you. Up, and down are the main directions. Some blocks will vanish after they are touched once. Spikes and giant holes in the floor will have your bunny restart at the last continuation flag.
I easily spend thirty minutes and more trying to beat some levels. The difficulty in Chubbins is up there. Hardcore gamers will embrace the challenge of Chubbins. Casual family gamers are going to pass due to the difficulty. Which is a real shame. I wish Chubbins was more inclusive of the casual gamers somehow. Why? Because the game play mechanic and level design are something families could appreciate if they were able to see it.
Chubbins can lead to real world frustration and anger. The visuals in Chubbins are okay. The magnetic push/pull fields have a neat effect. The sound effects can be startling - especially when you touch something like a spike. Unless you are the same color.
I like the idea of the different vegetables turning my bunny different colors. This helped me get through certain parts. It is a shame that if you change color, hit a continuation point, and die; you then lose that color change. I would think the color change should stay at the continuation point. I know that is a minor quibble.
I see a lot of potential in Chubbins on the Wii U. A more casual mode would bring in more people. The game could still have the ultra difficult mode for the hardcore gamers. Maybe a sequel will do both things. As it stands right now, Chubbins is for the hardcore gamers only.
- Kid Gamer
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Wii U
Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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