Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party for Nintendo Wii
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Bunnies vol. III - humility at the hands of seven-year olds.
Mar 24, 2008 (Updated Mar 24, 2008)
Review by SpookyMonkey
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Brilliant multiplayer options, amusing and unique gameplay, pervasive humor and style.
Cons:Limited single-player lifespan.
The Bottom Line: The best belching, parping, coughing, snorting, hacking, barfing, screaming maniacal bunny game I've ever played. (Author's note: I've played two)
You have an unhealthy obsession with bunnies.
Recommend this product?
No, I have a healthy and perfectly natural obsession with juvenile humor and gastrointestinally harmonic lagomorphs.
That's code for belching and farting, right?
That it is. And coupled with the fact that the Nintendo Wii currently has a very small catalogue of intriguing games considering two years on the market, it was inevitable that this game would be part of my collection. Not to mention the now-appealing $20 price tag.
I'm surprised you're even allowed near the Wii at all. Especially after all those horrible letters you wrote to Nintendo with your 'concept' add-ons.
Well excuse me if I think that a Wiinis add-on for a Leisure Suit Larry game would sell well. I've even drawn up the appropriate belt attachment!
Those blueprints you drew up are banned in several states , I hear.
The gyrating imagery I illustrated caused seizures in small children. I'm not even that good an artist. Who was to know?
Let's abruptly change the subject and never speak of this again.
Ok. Rayman: Ravin' Rabbids is a bunch of mini-games rolled into one game. Using the nunchuk and Wiimote, you control Rayman, prisoner of the 'Rabbids' - which are nothing more than highly animated and mostly psychotic rabbity things. Your goal is to save these... thingies imprisoned by said Rabbids and gain your own freedom. Or something like that. The plotline is irrelevant for the most part. Steps to your liberation are gained through the completion of various skill and speed challenges, ranging from assailing bunny hordes with toilet plungers to hurling chained cows x amount of feet to keeping bunnies locked in beach toilet stalls for x amount of time.
Charming. And thus we see why rabbits commit suicide.
The creator of this game must have been a very sick individual. The rabbids scream. A lot. They dance. They fall over and make obscene gestures. Imagine giving a five year old as much candy as they can stomach and then let them loose in a puppy-and-pizza farm (Note: puppies not being made from pizza for the duration of the example) and you'll begin to understand the extent of the hyperactivity. All in all, a cornucopia of loud, strange noises and creepy gestures.
The game is nothing more than a series of smaller adventures into directly or indirectly mauling cartoon rabbits. The violence is presented in a Loony Tunes fashion - there's no blood and gore, but there's splattering and battering and quirky collision noises.
So clearly this is the cutting edge of innovation.
The mini-games themselves are nothing new and were it not for the format and cartoonish detail they were presented in, there would be nothing outstanding here. But such an eye to detail was given where it could have easily been detected. There's a lot going on in each screen. While you're pounding out a beat to the latest song in whatever realm it is that bunnies live in, back-up bunny dancers break it down in their own...
Yes, Monty. Idiom. They do everything from the electric slide to the worm. Hilarious to watch.
Well since this is the Wii and nothing outstanding has really hit the market yet, it's on par with everything else on the system to date. But considering the cartoon medium, it serves its purpose. Plus no one really wants to see exceptional detail of bunnies crapping.
How do you know?
Well I don't. And this is my review so I'm thrusting my opinion upon the masses with wanton violence and lackadaisical concern for reality.
Bu--buu---buuut Spookymonkey! My precious little snowflakes should not be exposed to violence! This game is bad for their development! I am offended by farting and bodily emissions of all kinds!
Then put them in sterilized bubbles and punt them into the confines of deep space. Considering the violence inherent in many video games today, this game is merely camp. Shooting games rely on toilet plungers and water pistols. Your child isn't going to blow up their school if they play this game. But I can't guarantee they'll fart less. The rabbids are imitable and endearing. But mostly gross.
And prepare for your children to be far, far better at this game than you. I've noticed a pervasive trend among Wii games - small children dominate. This is no exception. If you have children, they and the army of bunnies they recruit along the way will mock you mercilessly with every cow thrown, every anvil eaten, every pig stolen and especially with every loss you are handed.
The single player missions progress quickly and after a while, they do become repetitive. After four levels, you'll have a race or a shooting mission. You'll get stuff. A new outfit for Rayman. A new song. Other quirks. But the storyline will take you less than a week of casual gameplay to finish. The minigames aren't overly difficult even for unskilled players. A great deal of physical activity is involved (prepare for freaky-sized biceps to make an appearance in your future) but it can be mastered by all age groups.
But the greatest part of this, like most Wii games, is the multiplayer capacity. Once mission sets are completed, they are available in multiplayer mode. Up to four players can get together and try to out-gross each other in their bunny-torture methods. With no real learning curve and amusing scenery, it is the ideal game for a group of five-to-seven year olds or a heavily sedated and mostly drunk group of eighteen-to-thirty year olds. Honestly, even a group of pill-chugging geriatrics could get in on the rabbit abuse, albeit amid moaning and whining about how much tougher rabbits were in the day.
So justify your final ranking.
Four stars. Highly amusing, easy to learn, gross (which appeals to me), simulated-albeit-highly-amusing violence, average graphics, somewhat repetitive gameplay, brilliant multiplayer capability. Juvenile humor galore. Anyone can play this game and anyone will.
Have you ever played this game sober?
I didn't even write this review sober.
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