Ubisoft's Casual Smorgasbord

Though they garnered a good bit of attention, swords, snowboards, and supersonic jets weren't the only things on display at UbiDays. New titles in the Imagine series were on hand, as well as a handful of other titles that venture outside of the traditional video game demographic. Whether you're...

Though they garnered a good bit of attention, swords, snowboards, and supersonic jets weren't the only things on display at UbiDays. New titles in the Imagine series were on hand, as well as a handful of other titles that venture outside of the traditional video game demographic. Whether you're looking to lose weight, hide secrets from your friends, or put a sombrero on a labrador, Ubi's got your game. Intrepid reporter Don Francis and I ventured into this uncharted territory and brought back tidbits on each game for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Imagine Teacher (DS)

Have you ever wanted to be a new teacher at a new high school? If so, Imagine Teacher fulfills that dream for you. You can plan your week, teach lessons, and correct homework via the DS touchscreen. The best part is the better you do, the better your students do. One day Cindy will grow up to be a physicist and she will thank you. You can then thank Imagine Teacher for getting you started on the path to elementary school instruction.

My Secret World (DS)

What secrets lurk within the hearts of tweens (children between the ages of 8-12)? My Secret World for the DS will know some later this year when DS owners of all ages can create their own personal record that blends the best parts of diaries, daily organizers, and scrapbooking. Also included are minigames for your friends to play to try and learn more about you and for you to find out more juicy tidbits about them! Once and for all you can determine if Jen and Betsy can ever truly get along or if you will just have to pick one of them.

My Fashion Studio (DS)

You are an up-and-coming assistant at the premiere fashion studio. You can create outfits with a wide variety of fabrics, designs, and minigames. As you rise from neophyte to empress of the garment industry in the main storyline you will meet new characters, take on jobs for customers, and have a great time designing, cutting, sewing, ironing, and assembling a wide range of clothing. Your performance will be graded on Speed, Style, and Tailoring, so be sure to bring your best ideas to satisfy some outlandish requests.

My Weight Loss Coach (DS)

The title ships with tracking data for meals, exercise, and many other metrics to help you take care of your body. Also, you can select five minigames: Classic Quiz, Intruder (a hangman-like test), True/false quizzes, Round quiz ( a variation of the preceding three options), and an assortment of health-related tips and facts. My Weight Loss Coach even comes with your own pedometer. It can go from your hip into the GBA slot of your DS. The pedometer's data is used to upload your activity to help you defend those calories you consumed. Don't cheat, because the best way to improve your health and wellness with My Weight Loss Coach is to be honest.

Imagine Rock Star (DS)

Being a rock star is about more than just the music, it's about the image. Imagine Rock Star is bringing both these aspects of music stardom to the DS with rhythm-based music challenges and enough wardrobe customization to satisfy even the most fashion-conscious young starlets. Form a band with up to three other friends through wireless multicard play and jam out to a variety of pop, rock, and funk songs on the guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. Get your look just right by tweaking your outfit, makeup, and instrument, and take the show on the road to multiple venues in your quest for rock stardom.

Babyz Party (Wii)

Ain't no party like a Babyz party, 'cuz a Babyz party takes naps! As the lone babysitter in a day care center full of babies, it's up to you to keep them entertained with the 30 minigames contained herein. The games are divided into play (Red Light, Green Light!) and care (no such example revealed to us, but we're hoping diaper-changing does not make an appearance), and change depending on the current season. Customize your wee lass or laddie and compete with up to three other friends to see who is king of the playpen.

Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking (DS)

This entry in Ubisoft's health and wellness game catalog was developed in close collaboration with the folks behind the well-established Easyway method. The method targets 14 reasons why people smoke, then logically breaks them down in so that you no longer have any reason to smoke. Once you create your profile and choose your coach, you'll tackle each reason through text accompanied by a minigame. We tackled the "it's a social prop" reason with a cute, simple game that challenged us to keep our stick figure on the dance floor with his buddies while a cigarette we were chained to pulled at us from outside. No wacky mic functionality was on display, but it did seem like a clever way to present this famous method for quitting smoking.

Dogz 2008 (working title) (Wii)

Finally, a pet dog that doesn't run away when you try to put a fedora, suit, and handlebar mustache on it! Aside from the downright silly outfits, Dogz lets you play with your furry friend and teach it up to 24 neat tricks. Once you've had your fill of that, it's off to the races as you take your pet through a series of competitions ranging from your local street to the national stage. With 36 races and 18 breeds, there's plenty of room for you and your friends to get a whole doggie play group together.

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LordAndrew
LordAndrew

It's not Nintendo's fault. This was an Ubisoft event featuring Ubisoft games.

q_oats
q_oats

i want to be a teacher

Wildboy124
Wildboy124

Aaaahhh... You gotta love it when Nintendo hits the bottle and releases Previews for games that sound rubbish. If someone from Nintendo is reading this (I honestly hope SOMEONE is), get back to work on Guitar Hero: On Tour, or at least a sequel to The World Ends With You, hell even another Metroid game. Don't waste our lives away with filler, fill it with more thriller!

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

well I have to say this... Notice the name of the post is games for casual gamers, and ever one of them are on Nintendo products.

TristanH12
TristanH12

So who is this Allen Carr? Imagine Teacher seems a bit interesting, maybe up for a rent at least.

paullywog
paullywog

why anyone would buy any one of these is beyond me.

Chris_Watters
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Though they garnered a good bit of attention, swords, snowboards, and supersonic jets weren't the only things on display at UbiDays. New titles in the Imagine series were on hand, as well as a handful of other titles that venture outside of the traditional video game demographic. Whether you're looking to lose weight, hide secrets from your friends, or put a sombrero on a labrador, Ubi's got your game. Intrepid reporter Don Francis and I ventured into this uncharted territory and brought back tidbits on each game for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Imagine Teacher (DS)

Have you ever wanted to be a new teacher at a new high school? If so, Imagine Teacher fulfills that dream for you. You can plan your week, teach lessons, and correct homework via the DS touchscreen. The best part is the better you do, the better your students do. One day Cindy will grow up to be a physicist and she will thank you. You can then thank Imagine Teacher for getting you started on the path to elementary school instruction.

My Secret World (DS)

What secrets lurk within the hearts of tweens (children between the ages of 8-12)? My Secret World for the DS will know some later this year when DS owners of all ages can create their own personal record that blends the best parts of diaries, daily organizers, and scrapbooking. Also included are minigames for your friends to play to try and learn more about you and for you to find out more juicy tidbits about them! Once and for all you can determine if Jen and Betsy can ever truly get along or if you will just have to pick one of them.

My Fashion Studio (DS)

You are an up-and-coming assistant at the premiere fashion studio. You can create outfits with a wide variety of fabrics, designs, and minigames. As you rise from neophyte to empress of the garment industry in the main storyline you will meet new characters, take on jobs for customers, and have a great time designing, cutting, sewing, ironing, and assembling a wide range of clothing. Your performance will be graded on Speed, Style, and Tailoring, so be sure to bring your best ideas to satisfy some outlandish requests.

My Weight Loss Coach (DS)

The title ships with tracking data for meals, exercise, and many other metrics to help you take care of your body. Also, you can select five minigames: Classic Quiz, Intruder (a hangman-like test), True/false quizzes, Round quiz ( a variation of the preceding three options), and an assortment of health-related tips and facts. My Weight Loss Coach even comes with your own pedometer. It can go from your hip into the GBA slot of your DS. The pedometer's data is used to upload your activity to help you defend those calories you consumed. Don't cheat, because the best way to improve your health and wellness with My Weight Loss Coach is to be honest.

Imagine Rock Star (DS)

Being a rock star is about more than just the music, it's about the image. Imagine Rock Star is bringing both these aspects of music stardom to the DS with rhythm-based music challenges and enough wardrobe customization to satisfy even the most fashion-conscious young starlets. Form a band with up to three other friends through wireless multicard play and jam out to a variety of pop, rock, and funk songs on the guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. Get your look just right by tweaking your outfit, makeup, and instrument, and take the show on the road to multiple venues in your quest for rock stardom.

Babyz Party (Wii)

Ain't no party like a Babyz party, 'cuz a Babyz party takes naps! As the lone babysitter in a day care center full of babies, it's up to you to keep them entertained with the 30 minigames contained herein. The games are divided into play (Red Light, Green Light!) and care (no such example revealed to us, but we're hoping diaper-changing does not make an appearance), and change depending on the current season. Customize your wee lass or laddie and compete with up to three other friends to see who is king of the playpen.

Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking (DS)

This entry in Ubisoft's health and wellness game catalog was developed in close collaboration with the folks behind the well-established Easyway method. The method targets 14 reasons why people smoke, then logically breaks them down in so that you no longer have any reason to smoke. Once you create your profile and choose your coach, you'll tackle each reason through text accompanied by a minigame. We tackled the "it's a social prop" reason with a cute, simple game that challenged us to keep our stick figure on the dance floor with his buddies while a cigarette we were chained to pulled at us from outside. No wacky mic functionality was on display, but it did seem like a clever way to present this famous method for quitting smoking.

Dogz 2008 (working title) (Wii)

Finally, a pet dog that doesn't run away when you try to put a fedora, suit, and handlebar mustache on it! Aside from the downright silly outfits, Dogz lets you play with your furry friend and teach it up to 24 neat tricks. Once you've had your fill of that, it's off to the races as you take your pet through a series of competitions ranging from your local street to the national stage. With 36 races and 18 breeds, there's plenty of room for you and your friends to get a whole doggie play group together.