Jan 16, 2008
Boogie Bunnies has little to do with dancing or bunnies, it seems. This game is titled entirely by the random ideas used to cover up the fact that it’s a by-the-numbers puzzle game for the Live Arcade service. But no matter how predictable, a good puzzle game is a good puzzle game. So is this a good puzzle game? Read on.
In Boogie Bunnies, your little furry friends march inexorably down the screen towards some sort of imminent doom. Your job is to launch a colored bunny into groups of like-colored bunnies, creating groups of at least three. Groups of three or more will cheer and disappear, keeping them from suffering a grisly - but no doubt cute - bunny death.
And if this game is anything, it’s cute. Disgustingly so. These pastel-colored rodents seem so happy on their death march, and even wave and congratulate you as you play. It’s the definition of eye candy. Oh, and if you play really well, they have a dance party... while they’re marching to their death.
There’s nothing terribly original going on here, but the basic mechanics of the game are so tried and true that you can’t help but have a bit of fun while playing. The one original bit is that you’re not confined to the top of the screen, but can also move your shootin’-bunny up the right and left hand sides of the playfield as well, to complete those almost-out-of-reach combos. The trick here is that any bunny fired and left on the side of the screen won’t continue the march, so he’s stuck there until he meets up with two same-colored friends.
The three different play modes available differ only by the fact that two are played under a time limit and the other isn’t. And the game does have some control issues - namely that it’s difficult to tell which column you’re aiming at sometimes.
Other than those issues, though, there’s not much to complain about here. Boogie Bunnies doesn’t stand out next to the best puzzlers on Live Arcade - Bejeweled, Puzzle Fighter, Zuma, etc. - but it is a solid title with something to offer.