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Rabbids Go Home review

AT A GLANCE
  • Great art style and bright, colourful environments
  • Varied, fun and pleasantly ridiculous gameplay
  • Witty dialogue
  • Many of its ideas are only skin-deep
  • Some will find Rabbids annoying
  • Occasional camera problems

Have you ever stopped to think about what’s in your Wii remote? You might sensibly think it’s batteries, or circuit boards, or jam, or whatever witchcraft it takes to make Nintendo’s motion magic work, but it’s not. Put the remote close to your ear and you should hear something unusual: “BWAAAAAAAHHHHH!”

There’s a Rabbid in your remote. But don’t panic, he’s harmless. Well, so long as you think that pushing people down elevator shafts, bouncing on the infirm, riding a jet engine round an airport or indulging in insane amounts of kleptomania is harmless. We don’t quite know how he got there, but after playing the manic, bizarre, clever and funny Rabbids Go Home, you’ll be inclined to let the toothy creature stay.

This is the fourth Rabbids game in as many years, and we’ll totally understand if you’re sick of Ubisoft’s rabbity mascots by now. Go Home, however, is an entirely different experience from their previous outings. It’s not a minigame collection and it has no multiplayer; it’s a fully fledged 3D platform game, albeit the strangest one we’ve ever played.

Like cheese, the tides and Scientologists, Rabbids originate from the moon. Or they at least think they do. One day, while Rabbiding about in the Earth junkyard where they currently live, they decide to go home, so they start building a tower in order to reach the moon.

Playing as a trio of critters – one pushing a shopping cart, one riding inside it, while the third clatters around in the Wii remote’s innards – you’re tasked with popping into the nearby city to collect objects to dump on top of your teetering mound. Virtually no item is off-limits. In addition to picking up detritus from the ground (traffic cones, bottles of pop, dogs) you can shake the remote to make peoples’ clothes fall off, then shove the clothes inside your cart and trundle off.

The goal in each area is to collect as many small (or ‘XS’) objects as possible, and then navigate your way to the end. There, an ‘XL’ item awaits – like a cow or a car – and a marching band of Rabbids stand by a filthy toilet, waiting to flush everything you’ve hoarded back to the junkyard.

More Info

Release date: Nov 01 2009 - DS, Wii (US)
Nov 05 2009 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS, Wii
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Ubisoft Montpelier
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Use of Tobacco, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
7+

9 comments

  • vigeoman - November 8, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    agree with jeffrey3133 assassins creed is crap i hate the game alot although the second one looks decent
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - November 7, 2009 5:48 p.m.

    I don't hate the Rabbids, but I didn't like their party games. This game does look decent but I don't think I'll be getting it. What I want is a Rayman 4. And I want it on the PS3. @jeffrey3133 watch your fucking langauge.
  • jeffrey3133 - November 7, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    dirty1996 assassins creed looks like a peice of SH*T to me it don't interest me so go suck on your cock
  • dirty1996 - November 3, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    This looks like a game. Impressive ubisoft. You make a game like assasin's creed, and then give us a bunch of crappy party games. Hope this doesn't disappoint. Maybe i'll get off my pc to actually try this on my wii
  • conchking - November 2, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    I might get it or rent it but good way to keep moving forward with the rabbids, but rayman needs to come back. ReCaptcha: grouchy Charles My name lol
  • Hobojedi - November 2, 2009 5:47 a.m.

    I'm glad they finally took this direction with the rabbid games, I think we've all been getting sick of their party games.
  • aion7 - November 1, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    Can they be done with rabbids and come out with a Rayman HD Remix already?
  • TheIronMaiden - November 1, 2009 8:03 p.m.

    As much as I love the Rabbid series, lets hope that they move on to something new. I'll give this one a shot, but this will be my last run for the rabbids.
  • SilverWerewolf - November 1, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    First. I'm glad that Ubisoft finally gave us a platformer rather than another poor party game. But still, Ubisoft, stop teasing us and give us Rayman 4 instead of these demented rabbits. That's what the Wii needs right now. Actually, in my opinion, the designers should start working on another enemy for Rayman. Since the Rabbids were the original enemy Rayman was facing, and because we now know that the Rabbids have next to no gray matter under the ears, it would feel more like you're playing as a bully or street cleaner rather than a hero. Again, Ubisoft, please start working on the next Rayman.

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