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Rayman Raving Rabbids review

France's biggest hero is imprisoned, and that's not even the funniest part

Pros

  • Jovial Rabbid hijinks
  • Crazy and innovative minigames
  • GameCube-surpassing graphics

Cons

  • Multiplayer is too tied to single player
  • A few really lame games
  • Only playable in bursts

What if the hero didn't save the day? What if, instead, he was hoodwinked and mocked by his captors? If Rayman Raving Rabbids on the Wii is any indication, the resulting forecast would be partly innovative with a 95% chance of hilarity.

Rayman is a prisoner of the insane Rabbids - evil animals that are one part Bugs Bunny, and one part Sloth from The Goonies. He's made to compete in twisted, gladiator-style minigames that show the versatility of the Wii's controls and the sense of humor of Ubisoft's designers.

The minigames make Wario Ware seem dull by comparison: Pump the remote and nunchuk up and down to simulate milking a cow; yank worms out of a Rabbid's porous fangs; and trace what passes for food (cinder blocks, baseballs, etc.) to feed hungry bunnies. Each task takes around a minute to complete, and you can continually retry if you fail.

The percentage of crummy games is low, but a Labyrinth-style marble maze and a bathroom door-slamming marathon are among them. Thankfully, the ones you see most often - on-rails shooting with a plunger gun and rhythmic disco dancing - are among the best.

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionIt's the mascot with no limbs against a bunch of bunnies with bloodlust in Rayman's fourth outing.
PlatformPS3, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, DS, GameCube, PS2
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)