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Academy of Champions
Year: 2009
Developer: Ubisoft Vancouver
Platform: Wii
Sales: 100,000
Metacritic Score: 64

Description: Soccer game set in a magical soccer academy. Obvious Harry Potter influence. Features original characters, real-world soccer players, and characters from other Ubisoft properties like Raving Rabbids and Prince of Persia.


Best Friends Tonight
Year: 2010
Developer: Unknown
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: 30,000
Metacritic Score: N/A

Description: Make contestants on a fictional TV show be friends? There's very little information about this game online.


Big Bond Theory
Year: 2011
Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: iOS
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic Score: N/A

Description: A puzzle game about bonding atoms to form molecules.


Bloody Good Time
Year: 2010
Developer: Outerlight, Ltd.
Platform: XBLA, PC
Sales: Unknown (Wikipedia calls sales “weak.”)
Metacritic Score: PC – 73, XBLA - 55

Description: A bright and cheery multiplayer first-person shooter that takes place on the set of a snuff film. Spiritual successor to The Ship.


Boot Camp Academy
Year: 2010
Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Wii
Sales: 30,000
Metacritic Score: N/A

Description: Boot camp-themed minigames. Cartoony.


Classic Word Games
Year: 2009
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platform: Nintendo DS, iOS
Sales: 500,000
Metacritic Score: N/A

Description: Hangman, crossword puzzles, word searches, and the like.


Cloudberry Kingdom
Year: coming 2013
Developer: Pwnee Studios
Platform: Mac, XBLA, PSN (PS3), PC, 3DS eShop, Wii U eShop, PSN (Vita)
Sales: N/A
Metacritic Score: N/A

Description: A 2D platformer with randomly generated levels. Funded through Kickstarter.


C.O.P.: The Recruit
Year: 2007
Developer: VD-Dev
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: 70,000
Metacritic: 55

Description: Grand Theft Auto clone. Full 3D open world on DS. In an interview, a developer said it was intended to be the first in a franchise, but no sequel was ever formally announced. Fun fact: “C.O.P.” stands for “Criminal Overturn Program.”


Cover Girl
Year: 2012
Developer: Unknown
Platform: PSP
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Look at shoes, take personality quizzes, and learn how to be sexy for the boys with this interactive take on Cosmo-style magazines.


Cubic Ninja 3D
Year: 20111
Developer: AQ Interactive, Inc.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Sales: 30,000
Metacritic: 51

Description: Twist and turn the 3DS to drop a tiny ninja through dangerous environments. An early 3DS game that misguidedly tried to sell itself on the 3D effect despite requiring large, frequent motions.


Curling DS
Year: 2008
Developer: Rocket Company
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Curling on the DS. First released in Japan by another company, and may be based on an official Japanese curling association, although my research was inconclusive. Ubisoft's curling game is generically branded.


Emergency Heroes
Year: 2008
Developer: Ubisoft Barcelona, Ubisoft Reflections
Platform: Wii
Sales: 460,000
Metacritic: 41

Description: A driving game that seems to be based on objective-based tricks, like making specific jumps, ramming targets, and spraying fires.


Enchanted Arms
Year: 2006
Developer: From Software, Edgeworks, Polygon Magic, TOSE, Imageepoch
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Sales: 410,000
Metacritic: Xbox – 69, PS3 – 64

Description: A by-the-numbers JRPG.


Fairyland Melody Magic
Year: 2009
Developer: Ubisoft Shanghai, 37 Entertainment
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic Score: N/A

Description: A music and rhythm game about a fairy princess defeating a witch. Comes with a magic wand-shaped stylus.


Field Commander
Year: 2006
Developer: Mind Control Software
Platform: PSP
Sales: 160,000
Metacritic: 77

Description: A military strategy game in the vein of Advance Wars with a more serious tone and an advanced level editor.


Fighters Uncaged
Year: 2010
Developer: AMA Studios
Platform: Xbox 360
Sales: 55,000
Metacritic: 32

Description: A martial arts fighting game with Kinect motion controls.


Firefighter Command: Raging Inferno
Year: 2005
Developer: Kudosoft Interactive
Platform: PC
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A firefighting RTS.


Fit in Six
Year: 2011
Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: PlayStation 3, Wii
Sales: 20,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Fitness training software.


FLOW: Urban Dance Uprising
Year: 2005
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Platform: PlayStation 2
Sales: 40,000
Metacritic: 65

Description: A Dance Dance Revolution clone.


From Dust
Year: 2011
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier Studios
Platform: XBLA, PSN, PC
Sales: over 500,000
Metacritic: PC – 76, PS3 – 81, Xbox – 80

Description: Play as a god who manipulates geography to protect a tribe. Received a lot of positive press because it was created by Another World-creator Eric Chahi after a long hiatus. Received a lot of negative press after release because it was saddled with restrictive DRM. Around the time of its release, Chahi said he had no desire to make a sequel, but he wasn't opposed to creating additional downloadable content, although there have been any official announcements or releases.


Funky Barn 3D
Year: 2012
Developer: Tantalus Media
Platform: 3DS (Enhanced port on Wii U by 505 Games)
Sales: 50,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A farming sim game. Funkiness debatable.


Gourmet Chef: Cook Your Way To Fame
Year: 2008
Developer: 505 Games, Creative Patterns
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: 130,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A Cooking Mama clone.


GripShift (Europe only)
Year: 2005
Developer: Sidhe Interactive
Platform: PSP (XBLA and PSN versions not published by Ubisoft)
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: PSP – 70

Description: Car driving on abstracted obstacle course tracks. Comparable to Super Monkey Ball.


Haze
Year: 2008
Developer: Free Radical, Crytek UK, Sonic Mayhem
Platform: PlayStation 3
Sales: 940,000
Metacritic: 55

Description: A near-future military first-person shooter. The box art gives away the major plot twist.


I Am Alive
Year: 2012
Developer: Ubisoft Shanghai Studios, Darkworks SA
Platform: XBLA, PSN, PC
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: XBLA – 69, PSN – 75, PC – 66

Description: Third-person action/survival horror game in a post-apocalyptic city. Ubisoft was disappointed with sales.


James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3D
Year: 2011
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Studios
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Sales: 90,000
Metacritic: 60

Description: Solve logic puzzles in a fictional game show to solve crimes. Something like that. A very poor man's Professor Layton.


Last Remnant
Year: 2008
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PC (Australia, Nordics) (Other versions and releases not published by Ubisoft)
Sales: 10,000
Metacritic: 66

Description: Fantasy strategy RPG.


Mad Riders
Year: 2012
Developer: TechLand
Platform: Xbox Live Marketplace, PSN, PC
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: Xbox – 64, PSN – 71, PC – N/A

Description: ATV racing. An additional map pack was released.


Master All Classics
Year: 2009
Developer: Unknown
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: 510,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Public domain board, card, and paper games on your DS. At a glance, indistinguishable from dozens of other similar DS games.


Maths Play
Year: 2007
Developer: Equal Card Association (Published in the US by Natsume)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: 30,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A brain-training game.


Mind Quiz
Year: 2006
Developer: Sega, Take-Two
Platform: DS, PSP, PC
Sales: 160,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A brain-training game explicitly based on Dr. Kawashima's concept of Brain Age. Released after Nintendo's Brain Age.


Monster Burner
Year: 2011
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Studios
Platform: iOS, Windows Phone
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: 85

Description: Shoot fireballs at incoming monsters. Get bonuses for hitting lots of monsters with a single fireball. Buy upgrades using in-game currency or real-world money.


Nitrobike
Year: 2008
Developer: Left Field Productions
Platform: PlayStation 2, Wii
Sales: 130,000
Metacritic: Wii – 49, PS2 – N/A

Description: A dirt bike game from the developers of similar dirt bike games like Excitebike 64, MTX Mototrax, and Dave Mirra BMX.


No Surrender: Battle of the Bulge
Year: 2005
Developer: Intex Publishing GmbH & Co., KG
Platform: PC
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A World War II RTS.


Outland
Year: 2011
Developer: Housemarque
Platform: XBLA, PSN
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: XBLA – 84, PSN – 83

Description: A side-scrolling platformer with an Ikaruga-style polarity system.


Paradise
Year: 2007
Developer: White Birds
Platform: PC
Sales: Unknown
Matacritic: 57

Description: A graphic adventure from the creator of Syberia.


Payuta & The Ice God HD
Year: 2011
Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: iOS
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: An interactive storybook. Originally released in 1994. Seems to have been re-released at least two other times, in 1999 and 2001.


Pet Adoption Center
Year: 2008
Developer: Unknown
Platform: Ubisoft
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Take care of pets. Presumably, this is unique in the Ubisoft pantheon because you are not being asked to “Imagine” taking care of “Petz.” Sold exclusively at Toys'R'Us.


PowerUP Heroes
Year: 2011
Developer: Longtail Studios
Platform: Xbox 360
Sales: 240,000
Metacritic: 61

Description: A super hero fighting game with Kinect controls.


Pure Futbol
Year: 2010
Developer: Ubisoft Vancouver
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Sales: 360,000
Metacritic: Xbox – 38, PS3 – 46

Description: Rough and tumble arcade-y soccer.


Quick Yoga Training
Year: 2008
Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Nintendo DS
Sales: 120,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Yoga training in minutes a day. The phrase “in minutes a day” appears on the box, just like Brain Age.


R.U.S.E.
Year: 2010
Developer: Eugen Systems, Ubisoft
Platform: Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Sales: 840,000
Metacritic: PC – 76, PS3 – 76, Xbox – 78

Description: An RTS set in World War II. Had a DLC expansion, also released on disc.


Self-Defense Training Camp
Year: 2011
Developer: AMA Studios
Platform: Xbox 360
Sales: 80,000
Metacritic: 21

Description: Kinect-based self-defense tutor.


TERA
Year: 2012
Developer: Bluehole Studio
Platform: PC (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
Sales: 130,000
Metacritic: 77

Description: A free-to-play fantasy MMORPG.


The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
Year: coming 2013
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Studios
Platform: PC
Sales: N/A
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A Diablo-style action-RPG. Like, it straight-up has a blue mana orb thing and a red health orb thing.


Voodoo Dice
Year: 2010
Developer: Exkee
Platform: XBLA, PSN, WiiWare, iOS
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: Xbox – 61

Description: An action/puzzle/racing game where you play as an ordinary six-sided die. Looks neat, but somewhat difficult to explain, and therefore difficult to sell.


War World: Tactical Combat
Year: 2008
Developer: Third Wave Games
Platform: Xbox Live Marketplace, PC
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: Xbox – 45, PC – 74

Description: Third-person death-match shooter with mechs.


We Dare
Year: 2011
Developer:
Platform: PlayStation 3, Wii
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Mildly sexually suggestive minigame collection, known for it's tremendously awkward trailer.


Wordfish
Year: 2008
Developer:
Platform: Nintendo DS, Android, iOS
Sales: 70,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: A variety of word games, like unscrambling letters and building words out of falling blocks of letters.


World in Conflict
Year: 2007
Developer: Ubisoft Massive
Platform: PC
Sales: 50,000 (including the Complete Edition, which came with the expansion)
Metacritic: 89 (72 for Soviet Assault expansion)

Description: Alternate history RTS where the Soviet Union attacks and causes World War III to break out in 1989.


Zeit²
Year: 2011
Developer: Brightside Games
Platform: PC, Xbox Live Marketplace
Sales: Unknown
Metacritic: PC – 72, XBLA – 71

Description: A side-scrolling space shooter with time manipulation. Grew out of a successful student game.


Zombi U
Year: 2012
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier Studios, Ubisoft Bucharest
Platform: Wii U
Sales: 470,000
Metacritic: 77

Description: An inventive survival horror first-person shooter with some roguelike elements. Filled with clever uses for unique Wii U features. Has a dumb name and marketing tended to focus on portraying it as a violent zombie game (which it is) despite the video game market being saturated with violent zombie games, while failing to make its unique traits look like anything more than gimmicks. Drew unflattering comparisons to the first Red Steel before its release. Buggy, which could be related to the push to get it out in time for the Wii U launch. There's strong evidence that a sequel was planned, although it nothing was formally announced. The poster child for why Ubisoft is scaling back Wii U support and giving up on games without major franchising potential.


Zoo Resort 3D
Year: 2011
Developer: AQ Interactive
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Sales: 170,000
Metacritic: N/A

Description: Like a virtual pet game, only instead of a pet, it's a whole zoo filled with zoo animals.


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