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Rubato is a running, jumping and collecting game where you play a frog on a quest to save the world. It's a familiar concept for a game, but Rubato leans into the wacky end of things as you drive clown cars around a track, use your tongue to attach yourself to balloons and float away, and even use cannons to travel huge distances. It combines the silly fun of Wario Ware with the physics-based platforming of a Chariot.

Set in the distant future, a tyrannical corporation threatens the solar system. You play a small frog who, armed with nothing but your wits and your tongue, sets out on a journey to save the system. You explore vast, labyrinthine cities, office blocks and bakeries, defeat enemies and collect Planet Bits.

Play is a mix of classic platforming (running, jumping and exploring stages) and more novel physics-based interactions. You use your tongue, which you can aim and extend, to latch onto and move items to unlock new areas. Other times it's a useful grappling hook to swing across large gaps. You can even attach yourself to balloons and zip lines, or use cannons, to get around, all in service of finding enough Planet Bits to save the solar system (or use them to buy new costumes, upgrades and items to help you on your way).

In addition to exploration and collection, you fight enemies by picking things up with your tongue and throwing them - be it a rabbit in a hard hat or a dumpling with legs. Dexterity and precise movement are essential to avoid attacks, and closely studying both the enemy and the surroundings, as well as experimentation, is crucial in coming up with ambitious strategies to take down the biggest foes.

The result is a wacky mix of tough, physics-based platforming, exploration, and combat that work to create a unique game that celebrates the strange and offers an enjoyable yet still challenging game.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Rubato 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting, Platform and Simulation game with Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete. The time to beat is typically around 10-12 hours but can take a bit longer if you're unfamiliar with the genre.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to react quickly to events and actions that occur, and be able to time your actions to get to hard-to-reach areas. Some of the fights can be challenging, and being able to face frustration as you repeatedly attempt them is essential.

CostsCosts

Rubato

Steam Store PC Coming Soon
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS5, Switch and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Platform, Simulation (Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Dconn 537 (@Dconn537)


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