Monday, June 21, 2010

Video game number one hundred and seventy one: Rayman Raving Rabbids

Video game review number one hundred and seventy one in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Rayman Raving Rabbids".

After playing the Rabbids game on the Wii the other day, I was itching to try this one out. I do like the Rabbids. Unfortunately, this game does not feature them in a starring role. Instead, they're supporting characters. I suppose I can live with that.

In this game, you play as Rayman, who is kidnapped by a giant bunny and forced to do battle (via a bunch of mini games) in a coliseum filled with a bunch of Rabbid spectators. you play the games as the spectators cheer (actually, they mostly jeer) you. A lot of the mini games involve a Rabbid in some way or another. One I played had you drawing pieces of food on the screen to feed the rabbid, another one involved running extremely fast to bring a bomb to the rabbid that gave it to you (which blows it up). There are all sorts of different games to play. My favorite so far was a DDR style game where you press the right and left triggers in time with the music. The song was the theme to Pulp Fiction (or "Pump It" by the Black Eyed Peas if you've never seen that movie).

It reminds me a bit of Mario Party, but with a ton of Rabbids.

I should mention that this game supports the Vision Camera, and since I'm one of the folks that bought one, I figured I ought to try one of the vision mini-games. An achievement unlocked for doing that, although I totally did better using just the controller. Still, playing it reminded me of all those demos I've seen of Kinect and Sony Move. This game totally recognizes my motions and I can control Rayman on screen by flailing my arms about like crazy. The future is NOW people! :-)

Overall score? 6.5/10. I don't quite like this as much as the Rabbids game on the Wii, but it's still a fun sort of "mini-game" game. I think I'll eventually come back to it and continue to play until I've beaten the basic was entertaining enough to at least give it that much.

Achievements? I only earned this one so far, but I think I'm right on the edge of some more for beating level 2 of the game:

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