Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii)

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RaymanRayman started many years ago on the 3DO as, at the time, a revolutionary platform game. An armless and legless main character by the name of Rayman (duh!) with beautiful butterflies flying in the background and luscious green grass was what this game was all about. Ubisoft have taken this game in a whole new direction thanks to the Wii’s new capabilities. Gone are the platforming we became accustomed to and in are the most sadistic mini-games I have yet witnessed in my life.

Mini-game madness

This game is made up of a compilation of over 70 mini-games that makes full use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. As mentioned above, the game is exceptionally sadistic with little bunny wabbits (named rabbids in this game) causing havoc. They have taken Rayman’s frog friends and he has to rescue them from their grubby little sneaky paws. Simple? Yes it is, but it is so much fun!

Rayman throwing a cowBelow are some examples of how these games work:

Bunnies Don’t Know What to Do with Cows

Use the Wii Remote to swing a cow (like hammer throw) by rotating your arm in a circle motion next to your head increasing the speed as the cow swings faster and press the “A” or “B” button to let go of it.

Bunnies Can’t Play Soccer

Very quickly shake your Wii Remote and Nunchuck up and down alternatively as if you are running and then press the “A” button to kick the ball. Point the Wii Remote at the TV to guide your bunny into the net past the goalie.

Bunnies Never Close Doors

In this case the Rabbids have gone to the loo and have left a terrible smell. Each time they open the door you must close it. Point your Wii Remote at the door that needs to be shut and close it by flicking the Nunchuck in a downwards motion.

Plunger shooting action in Bunny Hunt

Everybody loves Rayman

These quirky animated Rabbids will make you laugh, especially because human beings love laughing at someone’s misfortunes. Ubisoft has put enough effort into those Rabbids to remain in my memory for years to come. Let me use the “Bunnies Can’t Play Soccer” above as an example. You run up to kick the ball, with a bunny representing the ref right next to it, into the goals, however, you end up kicking the bunny instead. Even worse, the bunny you have just kicked has bandages all over so times have been hard for him. Hilarious!

The bunnies have some classic voice samples as they scream and shout like mad hooligans every time they see you as a threat. The music in the game often reminds me of Hawaii – don’t ask me why, it just does. Graphically it is actually quite a pretty looking game and looks good for an early Wii launch title.

Frog-Rabbids assaulting carrot juice bar

There is, however, a little problem in this game and that is the length of the game. One sitting can finish the entire game. It will take you about four to five hours or so and you’ll be done. Also, the multiplayer aspect of the game does not work as well as one would expect and as a party game it is a bit of a bummer. If the can improve on these two aspects of the game in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 then we are gonna have one hell of a game on our hands.

Rayman gets his groove onAll and all this is a solid launch title and is loads of fun, get ready for a sore stomach the next day as the Rabbids will have you in stitches.

Pros: The humour in the game is very sadistic but very funny; one can see that it was developed with the Wii at mind.
Cons: Very short; arms can get very tired.