Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove is a new title from the folks at Natsume, the same folks that bring us the Harvest Moon and Rune Factory series. At E3, I had a chance to go hands-on with the title, and found that, while the game contains the same sort of adorable graphical look seen in Harvest Moon, that instead of a farming simulation or RPG, Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove is a mini-game title, first and foremost.
You’ll find yourself choosing different locations like a haunted forest or castle, and depending on the location you choose, your task there will change.
Two particular examples of games are a fortune teller experience and a small rhythmic tapping game. The fortune teller game places you in front of a fortune teller and allows you to shuffle tarot cards on the bottom screen with the stylus. You then choose a particular card and wait for your fortune to be read.
For the rhythm game example, you’ll be asked to tap on the screen when a small skull appears. There is an added timing element in this game, as once the skull appears, a dotted circle will begin closing in on the skull, and when it reaches the very outline of the skull, you’ll need to tap on the skull. If you’ve played Elite Beat Agents, you’ll recognize the gameplay here.
Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove is expected to release in North America sometime this fall.