Written on: 29/01/2007 by Takahiro (35 reviews written)
Mini-games make great use of the Wii remote
The Rabbids are hilarious
Multiplayer is mostly based on taking-turns, instead of simultaneous play
Would have been so much better with a proper adventure mode
Rayman Raving Rabbids on the PS2 is yet another mini-game collection, however the Wii version, although essentially the same, is a completely different beast due to the sheer difference in the way it's played which just brings it to life.
The entire idea is that Rayman is kidnapped by the evil Bunnies, or 'Rabbids' who are intent on taking over the world, and for entertainment value put poor Rayman into an arena where he must endure a series of tasks - if he succeeds he is rewarded with a sink plunger. Bizarre, but so is the rest of the game, but it's always so funny and genuinely laugh-out-loud. Rayman starts using the plungers to create a ladder up to a window high in his jail cell and ultimately to freedom, that's more-or-less the entire story. Unfortunately the single player mode quickly starts to get boring, as although the game boasts dozens of mini-games you'll quickly notice they do repeat themselves with only slightly different versions, you'll be disco-dancing and plunger-shooting an awful lot. Some of the games are brilliant though. Whether you're hammer throwing cows or sketching objects for a Rabbid to eat all of the games are completely bonkers and the antics the Rabbids get up to are down-right hysterical. Unfortunately not all the games are good - the one where you have to slam doors shut as they gradually open is funny but very fiddly and quickly becomes annoying if you keep failing. And as it's supposed to be a party game it's a little odd that very few games actually have you playing at the same time - instead you usually end up taking turns watching somebody make a fool of themselves. Although there are a lot of games, because so many are repeats there isn't as many different ones as you think, and ultimately it all feels a little shallow - had there been a full adventure with these games merged in this would have been something brilliant, instead it's simply another party game, but on the Wii at least it offers some amusement thanks to the controls but it still isn't enough.
The graphics aren't too bad, but they still look far too much like the PS2 version, the Wii is never going to be able to pull off XBox 360 graphics but it can do a lot better than this. However the graphics are good whatever system you play it on because of the great art design, the Rabbids are fantastic and most of the games show great imagination and the hilarious animations are enough to make up for the lazily ported graphics.
There's not an awful lot more to say about the game, despite seeming simple enough it does take annoyingly long to load, it could have benefited from some more game modes as it feels a little shallow and the way the mini-games are laid-out once you've unlocked them is confusing, which leads to another downside, you must have played a mini-game in single player before you can play it on multiplayer. This means you can't just dive straight into a multiplayer party like the game's supposed to be, instead you have to slug through the single player mode which will annoy some gamers who just want a multiplayer game.
However despite it's shortcomings, it is fun to play in short bursts, is a great introduction to party games on the Wii and is one of the funniest games I've played in a long time - just don't place your expectations too high. Warioware is another party style game that despite some similar problems, is more fun and more likely to keep your attention for longer.