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Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party

2 Ratings: 5.0
Compilation, Dance, Music, and Skill video game by Nintendo for the Nintendo Wii

Turn your living room into a fitness gym for your whole family with the Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party and Wii Fit! Now you can get fit with over 40 activities and exercises, including strength training, aerobics, yoga and balance games. Challenge your … see full wiki

Release Date: Q4, 2006
1 review about Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party

Bunnies don't milk cows... but they can dance!

  • Nov 23, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Great for all ages, absolutely hilarious, cute fuzzy bunnies with glowing eyes

Cons: Bunnies that jump out at you during the jump rope minigame

The Bottom Line: This is a definite must-have game, especially on the Nintendo Wii system.

This is my official nomination for video game of the year.

Alright, maybe I’m a little biased.... I’m a sucker for anything with bunnies, and Rayman Raving Rabbids has just about the cutest hare-brained (pun intended) bunch of bunnies there is! I’m currently playing the version for the Nintendo Wii system, and I just can’t put it down.

The idea is simple. Your main hero, Rayman, has been abducted and is being held captive by a group of crazy rabbits - otherwise known as “rabbids”. I can’t figure out exactly WHY, but it honestly doesn’t matter. These funky little bunnies, who bear a striking resemblance to the Pillsbury Doughboy, have lost their little minds, and Rayman has to complete a series of ridiculous tasks to earn his freedom.

What kind of tasks, you ask? Well, how about flinging cows, shot put style? Or perhaps entrancing the bunnies by dancing with them? Or how about making sure they have their bathroom doors closed? Nope, I’m not kidding, and you’ll love every second of it.

The story mode is the one player side of the story. In it, you’ll have to complete 40 mini games (games lasting no more than two minutes each) and a series of boss battles - master fights against swarms of rabbids. After each series of four mini games, such as the ones mentioned above, you’ll go head to head with hundreds of bunnies, shooting them with plungers to take them out.

Some of the mini games you’ll witness are:
Bunny dancing - the rabbids are weak to the powers of music! There are special mini games where you shake the controller in time to the music, like a maraca, to keep the bunnies dancing. Rabbids become “normal” when hypnotized by music. There is a wide variety of versions, including salsa, rock, and disco.

Cow flinging - Spinning your controller in circles allows you to gain momentum of a swinging cow on a chain. Release it at the right second, and it’ll go flying across a corn field.

Jump rope - Rayman has to jump a chain rope and gain a minimum score. Only problem? Those pesky rabbids jump in front of the screen while you’re trying to keep time! They’re just so cute though, that I would start laughing, and it took me a good two hours to make it through the game.

Bunnies don’t close doors - the rabbids are in the potty, but they keep forgetting to close the door to the stalls! You have to slam the doors on them quick before they shoot a plunger at you.

I really don’t want to ruin the game for anyone by revealing the rest of the mini games, as unlocking them was half the fun! You’ll never guess what the bunnies are going to get into next.

There is also a challenge mode, where you can replay the mini games you’ve completed in story mode to try to gain the highest ranking, arcade style. Games are only available as they are completed in the single player mode, so it pays to play the story first.

The multiplayer mode will allow you to go head to head against up to three other people (four players total) in the mini games to see who can rake in the most points. All objectives are basically identical to that of the single player, although playing with friends really does make for more laughs.

The Nintendo Wii remote (controller) is what made me really need this game, particularly on this specific system. The controllers are wireless and motion sensitive, which makes them perfect for a game like this. For example, in the jump rope mini game, you have to make a jumping motion with the controller in the proper timing. In the cow tossing mini game, you circle the remote like you are swinging a lasso in order to gain momentum before tossing the cow. Aiming your controller like a gun allows you to shoot plungers at the bunnies in the boss battles. In other words, you really get into the game.

The sound is pretty unobtrusive - you get some background music that doesn't really rear it's head unless you are playing the rhythm/dance mini games, and that's about it. Ominous Jaws-like music plays during the boss battles. At no point did I want to mute the game or put holes in my eardrums, but nothing is sticking in my head, either. The sound effects are the best part, such as the plungers when they stick to the bunnies, and the rabbids little "aaarrrtgggghh" screams.

I can’t say enough great things about this game. The controls on the Nintendo Wii are intuitive, and easy for any age to pick up and play without much trouble, and the game controls smoothly and without lag or delays. My only complaint is that the load times can be irritating, especially if you keep losing on a mini game that is giving you a tough time. While not extensive or too long, I wish they were less frequent. The bunnies are a laugh a minute though, so you can’t help but keep playing. The game is made by Ubisoft - creators of the Tom Clancy video game franchises (Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six) among other games, and you will often see the bunnies take on “disguises” that are snuck in from their other series. Real fans of Ubisoft’s games will get a kick out of it. I am also happy that this, to me, is an all-ages game. There is a little bit of “potty humor”, but nothing offensive - I would be just as comfortable with my 6 year old niece playing it as I would my other 20-something friends.

All in all, this is one of the best game purchases I’ve made in a long time. Although the individual games are short, the replay value is high because of the humor factor and the hilarious multiplayer games. This is the game you’re going to want to show all your friends, no matter what your age.

Price: $49.99
Available at: any major retailer that carries video games
Score: 5/5 stars
Age appropriate for: all ages

Recommended:
Yes

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