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One of the more fun uses of the Wii balance board, although you can play without it too, is Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, where you play through a variety of mini games that make fun of everything TV - shows, films and tacky adverts alike - with the same, insane sense of humour previous Rabbid's games have brought us. I love their original French name - 'Les Lapins Cretins', moronic rabbits, although it kinds loses something in translation don't you think? So in English we have Rabbids. I'd quite like to know what Ubisoft feed to their employees to come up with some of these ideas!
The Wii has always had minigames and the Rabbids have been leading the charge with their insane, and insanely infectious, screaming. In their third outing (released way back in 2008), the Rabbids have ended up trapped in a TV set and are running rampant in the shows... Well maybe there will finally be something on TV! The plot, well what little plot there is, is told though a few short cutscenes spaced out as you play.
The TV format defines the way the story mode is set out. Each minigame is a stand alone show, and you decide what show goes on the air. You can choose a minigame to fit into a timeslot and completing that show opens up more slots and more games to play.
There was one thing that drew me to the game. One piece of the advertising. One tiny little line... 'the first video game you can play with your butt.' Yes I am THAT much of a child. Don't judge me. You know you'd want to! So the first thing I had to do, find and play this minigame... and I didn't stop laughing for hours.
Unfortunately, most of the minigames are the same run of the mill games you get in any game of this genre, and not all the Rabbids or toilet humour in the world can hide that - point and shoot, shaking both controllers frantically in a racing type game, titling the controller to turn in a different racing type game etc. And it really doesn't help that the controls are not the most responsive. Some games work great and the Wii balance board has been nicely fitted in to make a few different challenges and livening up old ones, but for the majority of the time you'll be scratching your head wondering why, when you're doing exactly what the instructions told you to do, you're not completing the objective of that particular minigame.
For a TV Party there's not much in the way of a Party mode. You can have up to eight players playing, switching round controllers and Nunchuks, but there are a large number of games that restrict to one at a time, leading to boredom as you wait for your seven friends to finish the challenge. You can also be subjected to long load screens and fiddly menu navigation, detracting from the chaotic madness that the game should be.
TV Party, being a Wii game doesn't have the greatest graphics, but most of the time there's more than enough insanity on the screen to make you look beyond boring textures, or a poorly rendered cut scene.
Overall Raving Rabbids TV Party has brilliant laugh out loud moments from its quirky sense of humour. But the controls are frustratingly unresponsive sometimes and the minigames themselves haven't aged as well as the Rabbids IP has, putting a real downer on the mad fun going on in the game.
It wasn't until late last year that I jumped on the Wii fad. My friend loves it and every time I would go round her house we would end up playing this very game in the front room. The fact that I frequented it so much should've been a big tell tale sign that I would eventually get a Wii and this game to boot, but I guess I was just a little too blasé to realise at the time. Eventually my family joined in, which every other family in the country seemed to be doing, and purchased a Nintendo Wii and then later I got this game too.
Rayman is a weird little orange floating body with head and white trainers for feet that sit on the ground seemingly attached without any legs. Its actually a pretty popular game so I hear, but I never bothered to play it, despite it being out as a franchise since 1995. In some of the other Raving Rabbids game, Rayman the character has actually appeared, or even been the main character of the game, and the rabbids have in turn appeared in some of 'his' previous games also. So, despite being called 'Rayman Raving Rabbids', Rayman doesn't actually appear all that often (other than as a kind of 'plot' wherein he is running away from the little Rabbid creatures) but I digress, this stems from his previous appearances in some of the other games and his short cameo-esque involvement here. The Rabbids are just a spin off from the original platform game and yet this time they dictate the action and you play as them instead.
Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party was released in 2008. The game supports the Wii Balance Board accessory, however I don't own this so I play without. From my friends experience, I hear this does add an interesting component to the game, but for someone like me who is pretty clumsy and awkward, I don't think I'd get as much enjoyment out of the game if I did play with one. Several games support the use of the balance board and involve the use of your whole body to play. It requires use of the wii remote as well as the nun-chuck so it great in a sense for improving coordination. When you first begin to play (if you're like me) you can feel a little overwhelmed at the pace of some of the games, but thats what makes it so entertaining as it really does challenge you.
The name sums up the game in that it really is a TV party. It features mini games which you can choose by clicking on a particular 'channel'. Each channel is pretty distinctive and entertains very different themes for that particular mini game, such as snow boarding, boxing and playing as part of a Rabbids band. Lightning transports the Rabbids through different channels, and acts as the 'thing' that stops them from chasing Rayman as they suddenly become distracted by it.
Other options for things to do for fun include the 'Pimp My Rabbid' section. Here you can dress up and paint your Rabbid character in any way you want and then send it off for fun via your Wii. A website dedicated to the Raving Rabbids Tv Party hosts a Hall of Fame for characters created, and this would probably be a fun activity for children to go through, to see all the weird and wonderful creations of other gamers. I'm pretty boring and my Rabbid character is very plain with only a squid on his head!
I bought mine secondhand from Game for about £10 and you can grab yourself one from Amazon for about that price also. Due to its age it isn't all that expensive for a Wii game, which brand new can be expensive as £40! The price range from what I've seen tends to be between £7-15 which is very reasonable in my opinion.
This is an excellent game for kids and big kids, who want to get the most out of their Wii and enjoy the full Wii experience. It really does involve the use of your whole body and you feel as though you're getting a little work out as you do it, or at least if you're unfit like me you do! It can get very competitive in multiplayer which is always fun, and the games are challenging without being too difficult at the same time. For a game most likely aimed at kids, its more weird than childlike, with the Rabbids speaking in gibberish and their favourite thing to say being "bwaaah". This is definitely a game I would recommend.
Rayman Rabbids TV Party was one of the first games my family ever bought on the Wii, probably as we were just looking for a fun looking game all of us could play, and the rabbids on the front cover of the game just looked so cute and weird. The fact that we could use it with the Balance Board was a great plus as we had got that with the Wii to and wanted a game besides the Wii Fit to use it with.
The game is rated for seven plus, and this is probably most likely down to the "violence" (basically rabbids hitting each other in various parts of the minigame) that is supposed to be included within this game. Although I'd say overall this game is probably better for seven and up, some younger children may be able to play the easier games such as the ones that include using the balance board. As long as you have 4 wii remotes and nunchucks, you can play with up to eight people, either with friends or family.
The graphics are well designed throughout all of them, being clear and well detailed. The team who have made this have stuck to the Rayman look, making all the characters as cute and weird as they possibly can be. Many of the rabbids each have their own distinct look and some have some crazy costume choices, adding to the humorous side of the game.
The "plot" of this game basically revolves around the rabbids invading Rayman's television and messing up all the channels on his television. You basically play as the rabbids invading the different channels on his television, with really fun minigames based on this so called invasion.
There is a single player option, to follow this plot of the game, and play through each of the games involved within this plot. There are 3 save slots, really helpful if you have family members that use games randomly when you're not around like mine! Even playing this game alone was fun, as I was constantly trying to beat the high scores to get new outfits for my rabbid. Although I did complete it within a couple of hours from playing straight through, trying to beat these high scores took more hours than expected and made me keep wanting to play.
This game however is better to play multiplayer, as it makes the overall experience much more challenging. You can play with eight people, which is more than I have ever seen in a Wii game, which makes this game just perfect for parties. It's always a challenge playing against someone, whether its in the Normal mode, Rabbid mode or Car Boot Sale mode. I love playing this game against people as the games are so different, funny and have a wide variety of games that it never gets too repetitive or boring.
If you like a particular game, and just want to get straight to playing them without having to go through the TV guide, there is also the option of Free Play. This was great if I didn't have too long to be playing the Wii, as I could just pick a few of these games to play, as they are quite short. There is also a small online option called World Contest, where after unlocking enough costume pieces, you can enter your Rabbid into Pimp my Rabbid - however this is a pretty pointless feature.
The games themselves are some of the best minigames I have played on the Wii. There is a real variety between them with each having different charm and humour between them. From the Pimp My Rabbid game where you can dress up your rabbid to be voted for by the rabbid audience, to the dancing games where you must follow the dance moves on screen and also the great racing games forcing you to use your bum on the Balance Board to control the rabbid and their transport. Having such a great variety of games makes time fly when your playing.
Overall, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV party is a great game everyone should own. Whether it be on single or multiplayer, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV party never gets boring with a variety of fun games each with that added element of humour that is lacking in most Wii games.
I'm a huge fan of the raving rabbids series and the third installment TV party doesnt dissapoint. It continues with the wacky and very funny mini games as seen in the two previous games.
The game brings back the music mini game with songs such as toxic and another one bites the dust. It also includes games such as wrestling, walking up the catwalk and dancing. In my opinion the best mini game has to be Duds Army where you have to shave, spray, brush your teeth or clean your ears depending on what you are told to do. This can end up being extremely funy as you watch a rabbid clean out their ear with a toothbrush! So as you can tell its definately as crazy as the others.
I'm really not a fan of using the wii balance board with this game - purely because it works best as a party game and as soon as you involve the board you start having to take turns playing. Even though you can sabotage another players turn (for example during the boarding game you throw snowballs) it does end up getting boring by the time the 4th person starts playing.
The box states that there are over 50 mini games but alot of them are very similar. The racing games in paticular are very repetative and for anyone who has played the raving rabbids series before knows that the music game is the same just with different songs. This is also the same with the dancing mini game.
The problem with this game is that no matter how repetative some of the games are you cant hate it! You can pick and choose your games to avoid anything you dont really like but when the competition with other players starts its easy to forget any issues and just get involved in winning!
If you thought Rayman had dispensed with those pesky rabid bunnies, you were wrong. Rayman has been brainwashed by them in this strange, but mostly fun, if overly simple game for the Wii. It's worth noting that Rayman isn't as present in this game as you might expect, but he's still the focus.
This is a game that thrives from its multiplayer; eight players can play together at once (sharing four controllers), and the game therefore benefits from simple controls so it doesn't get confusing or messy. The mini-games are quite fun and inventive, but they are a bit more repetitive than I would have liked, and while the game has well over fifty mini-games, a lot of them are simply different versions of the same game.
Visually, there's not much to shout home about. The textures are a touch bland at times, and everything feels "built in" to the floor and quite flat; not popping and protruding like it should. The Rabbids, however, do look appropriately menacing and hilariously demented, while not being scary enough to make the game inappropriate for the kids. Aurally, the game fares a lot better, and there are a few famous songs that have been covered, with the Rabbids actually singing along, which is quite hilarious!
If you enjoyed the previous games in the series, you'll no doubt get a kick out of this, and the cutely designed (if mental) Rabbids makes this a game that kids will definitely enjoy. It's great with friends but not so fun on your own. It's quite cheap now, so I say buy it if you want a diverting, if rather simplistic bit of fun that delivers the basic goods.
Raving rabbids was originally a fun and entertaining series now dumbed down to pointlessness. This game tells you it has 50 minigames on the case though this is not strictly true.
Most of the minigames are the same type. In rabbids 1 and 2 at least half of the minigames were completley different where as with tv party there are bout 10 dancing minigames, 10 music minigames, 6 lottery minigames, 5 racing minigames, 6 shooting minigames. etc
This results in a very low amount of unique minigames and makes the game seem very repetitive as most of the games you have played before just on a different level/song/track.
The minigames there are quite fun though the racing minigame was not simultaneous multiplayer which was quite dissapointing though the shooting minigames were quite fun.
When I had the game I did not currently have a wii balance board which may add some enjoyment to the game. All round I found this game very dissapointing as I had enjoyed the original 2 games but I would still give it a try.
"The first videogame that you can control with your butt" who can resist a marketing pitch like that? Certainly not me. Cash duly handed over and I emerged from the store victorious clutching possibly the daftest sounding video game ever. It certainly hasn't disappointed.
Downhill sledging on a wildebeast whilst balancing on your bum has to be one of the funniest things ever made far more complicated by the sabotaging actions of the other players. Its a fabulous game and there are another 49 with similarly ludicrous concepts on the disc. Its beyond daft but fabulously entertaining. Leave your dignity firmly elsewhere whilst you race to shampoo your hair, apply underarm deodorant, shave your face and clean your teeth without screwing up and shaving your rabbids head or putting toothpaste in your rabbids armpits. Its beyond silly and thats what makes it so much fun!
The rabbids are customisable and theres a weekly themed on-line Pimp My Rabbid Rabbid-Tuning contest which has kept my OH amused for considerably longer than I'd have thought possible.
Oh my god I absolutely LOVE this game!! Sat and played this from 6pm til 4am one night and did not even realise the time that had passed!!
This game has lots of fun, quirky and different mini games that use lots of different features on the Wii. You can even sit on the Wii Balance Board for some of them and play by moving your bum! You can play in single player mode or with your friends which is MUCH more fun! Cue hours of laughs.
The Raving Rabbids has taken over the TV airwaves and are broadcasting their own shows! You choose a minigame to play which fills a timeslot. When you get the points needed playing that game, that timeslot will be filled and the next one will open. You get more games than timeslots too so if you're good at certain games and worse at others, pick the ones you're best at first as you may not need to play the others. Once you fill all the timeslots in every day of the week to finish the game. The channels all have tv type genres - from Extreme Sports to Music to Movies. The minigames themselves can be played with or without the Balance Board (choose as you go along) but a lot do require a Nunchuck. And as I said they are much more fun in multiplayer mode.
For those who have played the previous games in the series you'll know all about those pesky Rabbids, but for those who don't they are very funny strange little creatures! Their wacky laughter comes up at the weirdest of times, weird little squeaks from them whilst you're playing the game, and even during some games you get AD BREAK flash up - where you have to hit a certain button and you play a mini game within the mini game to win extra points! All very bizarre but very amusing when there's 4 of you playing together, all banging your remotes to get to the Ad Break first!! The whole game is so funny you'll be laughing all the time!
Some of the games include moving your remote and nunchuck in time with the music to create a song - i.e. Toxic by Britney comes up - you choose to be the voice, the drums or the bass line etc. Then just tap in time to the symbols on the screen. Great fun when playing it 4 player and you're all doing this at once! The Dance game involves holding the nunchuck and remote and matching hand gestures and foot movements from the screen in time - you can also use the balance board for this - which actually makes it quite a workout! Theres a shootout/ghost hunt minigame, a game where you have to dress up the Rabbid as per the instructions given, for example 'cool and hairy but definitely not funny". The Rabbid screams and yelps as you put the right (and wrong) items on him. Racing games let you use your feet and sometimes bum to steer including a snowboarding game. All these games have such funny and animated graphics that they are all fun as one another. Once you've played and unlocked the mini games you can go back to the main screen and play them one at a time, not to win anything but just to play them again. I'm forever re-playing the music and dance games!!
All in all this is a brilliant game. Its great for teenagers, some family fun, or really for anyone. Its so brilliantly weird and full of character that it just makes you smile for the whole time you're playing it. Great for if you're having a get together at your house as its better in multiplayer mode. Money well spent on this game if you ask me - mine is always in the Wii!!
Rayman Raving Rabids TV Party:
Back in June I was at a friend's birthday weekend and we played Rayman Raving Rabids on his Wii. It was a good laugh and a party game that was fun for a group of us to play together. When we got home I decided to get it and also rent the other two Rabids games available and I have just been playing my favourite one; Rayman Raving Rabids TV Party.
Rayman is an old character by Ubisoft that has been around since the days of the Atari Jaguar but now he is joined by, (or rather being plagued by), the cute little Raving Rabids. Rayman himself is vaguely human shaped but with gaps between his body, his legs, his arms and his head. He is weird looking. The Rabids look like white rabbits but have a somewhat 'crazy' look to them as well. I think the Rabids are cute but maybe that's a girl thing.
The plot, (such as it is), is that these pesky Rabids are chasing Rayman round before getting stuck in his TV where they take over all the channels much to Rayman's annoyance. After unplugging the TV to get some peace Rayman discovers that it makes no difference and the Rabids schedule continues. The game is split into days with timeslots for which you can choose a mini-game. At the end of each day Rayman abuses his TV in some way cracking the screen a little more each time.
The mini-games are quite varied and include a game where you get to dance along with a tune following the 'coach', (a stickman), on screen, a game where you have to play along with the song using the Wii remote and the nunchuk, a game where you get to ride a Yak down a slope jumping and pulling tricks as you go and a shooting type game where you get to blast Rabids with sink plungers as well as lot's of others. All the games are simple to learn but hard to master and provide plenty of laughs along the way.
Some games utilize the Wii balance board but if you haven't got one, (or can't be bothered to get it out because it weighs so much), you can play these games with the Wii remote and nunchuk. Some of the games can be played sat down but a lot of them are better when you stand up and play. We found that the games definitely give us a bit of a work out and get our heart rates and temperatures up a bit.
One downside is that the songs used for the dancing and playing along games while being well known are limited and you will probably end up playing the same song several times before you complete the game. In fact the sound track in general is kind of annoying after a while.
Unlike the other two games I actually enjoy playing TV party on my own as well as with mates but having people round and either playing in multi-player mode or just passing the remote round does make it more fun. The Wii is actually good for party type games and games where you are more active.
Kids would love this game but I think the real appeal lies with adults to be honest and now I have sent the game back to Tesco I will buying it as soon as possible. It is a really fun game but I can imagine some people hating it as it's very silly and a lot of the humour is quite childish and relates to bodily functions!
Currently Amazon sells it for around £16.50 with free delivery and at that price I think it's a good buy for the amount of fun you'll get out of it.
I am always trying to find better games that you can play with a few mates around and this is a good one. It also utilizes the Wii balance board that I was sure I would never use again after the Wii Fit Game.
The premise behind the game is that Rabbid's who are chasing Rayman at the time get struck by lightning and are mysteriously transported in to the Television where they begin their monopoly of every channel which is on air. This results in some good, sometimes hilarious, minigames.
You get to choose the minigames you and up to 8 of your friends play. There is musical round when your rabbid will sing or play along with a well known tune, a dance round where you mimic the stickmen shown on your screen, a game when you slide down a hill on a yak doing jumps and tricks on your way, a game where you shoot plungers at characters on your screen and many more including one which you cook steaks for a walrus thing. It is also probably the first game which allows you to control a character with your bottom (using the balance board).
If you like your games to be methodical and to have a clear storyline then this is probably not for you. If you want quick snippets of fun then this game is a laugh which is perfect for parties as there are ample opportunities to slip out and get drinks inbetween games.
Having already played the previous two raving rabbids games I couldn't wait to get my hands on the third in the series especially with the new feature of using the wii fit board on the games.
The story that surrounds the game is good with the rabbids stuck inside rayman's television. The mini games have really picked up with the use of the wii fit mat too. However beware as they are much more difficult when you play with the mat as opposed to just using the remote.
Like the second game in the series, this game is slightly more restrictive than the first in terms of its gameplay as the same type of mini games appears in every round which can get a bit repetitive at times. You can also get quite stuck later in the game when only a couple of games are unlocked on a level but with a few of you playing you can normally get through okay.
I definitely recommend this game if you already have a wii fit board gathering dust that needs to be put to good use.
The latest game in the Rayman Raving Rabbids series is great fun to play either on your own or with up to 8 people.
Well I thought that this was different from the other Raving Rabbids and was shocked when I first started playing it. i thought it was hard to start with to get use to the controls. using the Wii fit board was the hardest trying to turn corners and stuff sitting on your bum its harder that it looks.
There are songs to keep time to as in previous games. A few more up to date titles such as Britneys Toxic and Amy W's you know that I'm no good.
There are lots of mini games to work through and by getting high scores you are given more items to pimp your rabbid. The games are not too easy either it takes a while to get onto the scoreboard
Rayman raving rabbids TV party is the latest in the series of the crazy rayman mini games games. The rayman rabbid games are short and sweet 'party games' ideal for those non serious gamers, wanting to have a bit of fun with their friends. i would recommend these mainly for older people, parents on younger children may not be too happy to walk in to find their children taking part in burping competitions, or trying to carry a burger whilst drunk! his isnt a series of games for those who want to complete the game or collct points as they go. Rayman ravin rabbids is one of the most fun multi player games I've ever played on and really is ideal for getting a group of friends round and all having a giggle. The series of games have been set up for interactive gaming, shaking the remote etc, however this latest version takes that to the new level, as it is compatible with the wii fit board. The amazing thing about this game is that it can be played with or without the wii fit board.
This is a fun game, similar to the first two. The incorporation of the balance board gives the game the edge over the previous Rabbid games, but the minigames involving the Wii board are not very good for multiplayer (the first player does their game, then the second player...and so on. So it can get a bit dull watching the fourth player playing the game YET again. The new 'dance' minigames are quite good fun - gets you off the sofa and moving about (make sure you have space!) The Wii board games take a bit of practise - especially the ones where you sit on the board - the board is really sensitive to a weight shift! Overall it is a great game for Rabbid lovers, and there are enough minigames to keep you amused for hours, however if you want a good game for parties or multiplayer I would recommend Rayman Rabbids 2.
I truly believe games programmers are losing their sanity! No one in their right mind would produce a piece of mind warped lunacy such as this. One question though. Is it fun or is it any good?
Hmm, it seems I can't count either!
Well, fun most certainly. My nephews and nieces soon engaged in a most fiercesome contest where they wandered along some zombie filled graveyard trying to protect two rabbits from...Chickens! This is no ordinary game. You shoot the chickens as the aim of this game is to enhance the viewers experience. Bonkers!
Then another game is a sing a long...maybe that should be zing a long! Imagine an Amy Winehouse song being ruined by chipmunk voices and you'll have an idea of what's going on. This part reminds me a bit of Wii music but is much more fun as you have to shake your wiremote/nunchuck along with the prompts on screen. My only complaint is that they tackled one of my favourite bands songs in Another One Bites the Dust. How could they ? :D
These are just two games from a whole host of offerings on here and it certainly is a blast.
Is it any good?
Well I would have to say yes. However, you would need a goodly amount of people to join in with you. Also, the price is pretty damn cheap and you will have fun. I would certainly recommend to a younger audience rather than those looking for something more of a cerebral nature.
I'd give this a four star rating and it's well worth a look in my humble opinion.
The bizarre bunnies are back once again in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party with another collection of sanity-defying mini-games. This time theyÆve taken over a TV station with the intention of turning the game's hero, Rayman, mad as heÆs forced to watch them.