Super Rub a Dub PSN Review - 07/08/2007

Super Rub-A-Dub started off as a tech demo showing off the six-axis motion control, and at the same time, nice water effects. After months of anticipation, it was finally released on the Playstation Store for a mere three pounds forty nine pence.

But before you play the full game, you might as well download the starter pack. In this pack, you get five tubs that are all pretty easy, and it's just to give you a taste of what's to come if you buy the actual game. The demo gives you all the features of the game, minus the online leaderboards. So it's worth a try, but this is the review for Super Rub-A-Dub. Read on.

The aim of the game is to save some ducks. Basically, you are a big rubber duck, you have to gather the ducklings trapped in bubbles into the plug hole in as little time as possible. To move the duck, you have tilt the tub in all directions using the six-axis, and if you flick your wrist [provided you're holding the controller] you'll bounce the tub and make your duck hop. Getting more ducks down the plug hole in one chain effects your total score, which is then taken away from your overall time.

All there is for me to describe about the graphics is water and a couple of bath toys, but the water does look great, and it's really responsive. When you tilt the controller to the left, the water ripples towards the left, etc... The ducklings are yellow, and they look like rubber toys, so they're perfect. The same goes for the wind-up sharks, minus the yellow part.

The six-axis controls are very responsive, and when you get good at it you could be challenging the world's best duckers on the online leader-boards. You can also watch the top players run, and try to copy how they're doing it, thus improving your technique. It's a real pity that it takes an eternity to load up, and eternity is no exaggeration. It takes about 15-20 minutes to actually watch someone's run. The loading screens [if any] apart from that are all quick, so don't worry about that.

Now, Longevity. The game doesn't appeal to you for very long, unless you take part in some sort of league for it, because unless you have a bet, or someone to beat, there's nothing that makes you want to go back and beat your time. You could probably complete this on the day you bought it, easy. Although the last few can get tricky.

Overall, there isn't much to say about this game. It's totally worth three pounds fifty, but it'll only keep you occupied until you have something else to play.

Verdict: If you have nothing else to play, and you liked the demo, then you might aswell buy this. But if all you crave is a PSN Store game, go for Blast Factor, Flow, Calling All Cars, Super Stardust, all of which are much better.

- Tyler Roberts



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