Review by SuperMan678
"Rabbidly awesome (May contain spoilers)"
In case you haven't heard of him, Rayman is Ubisoft's official mascot and first starred in Rayman on the Atari Jaguar. But this time, instead of beating his arch-nemesis Mr. Dark, he trying to free himself after being captured by insane rabbids. Sounds wacky? That what Rayam Raving Rabbids is all about, my friend. Insanity, madness and just plain daft.
The game is split into two modes: Story and Score. The single-player Story mode is a bit weak, but the Score mode is brilliant, especially with friends. But there's a snag: There's no point playing Score mode until you've completed part of the Story mode, bevcause at the beginning no mini-games are available.
The story is quite simple. Rayman is having a lovely picnic with the baby Globoxes, when suddenly...disaster! Rayman is captured and the Globoxes have been abducted! Who by though? Is the evil Mr. Dark behind it? No, actually. Instead, he's been imprisoned by a group of rabbids! Rayman is then thrown into an arena in front of a crowd of particularly hostile rabbids. From this day onwards, Rayman will have to complete 'trials' for the Rabbids' own amusement.
Actually, the 'trials' are mini-games. Each day, Rayman is thrown into the arena and four mini-games will be available. Complete three of them to qualify for another mini-game, usually harder. Complete this and you'll win the days trials. Then Rayman wuill be returned to his prison cell with a plunger. Complete 15 days' trials to escape and complete he story mode. The annoying thing is you can only save here, once you've completed the day's trials.
The mini-games vary, from trying to tilt a ball through a maze in a time limit; finding rabbid choir members who are messing up; firing plungers at armed rabbids to throwing cows like the hammer throw in Mario & Sonic. The mini-games are insane and ridiculously fun.
The controls are quite imaginative, making full use of the Wii's motion-controls (Well, Ubisoft did design the controls round the Wii Remote). There are various twisting, turning, shaking and pointing to be done and the controls respond well.
While the single player definitely needs some beefing up, the multiplayer is where the game really shines. With four players, each with their own customizable Rayman, you can play the mini-games as you unlock them in Story mode. It's great fun. Sadly, due to glitches, it's apparently impossible to get top score and unlock some challenges.
+ Mini-games are hilarious and inventive
+ Controls are imaginative
+ Brilliant multiplayer
- Single player is weak
- Glitches make some things impossible
A great mini-game collection overall. It has more mini-games than junk like Game Party and Carnival Games and is overall more fun. Probably the best party game on the Wii.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 06/12/08, Updated 08/31/09
Game Release: Rayman Raving Rabbids (EU, 12/08/06)
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