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Published by: Ubisoft / Genre: Platformer / Ages 3 and Over / Release date: 2006-12-08

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      12.09.2010 21:12
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      Worth a look if you're shelves aren't already loaded down with this sort of title.

      I suppose Rayman Raving Rabbids has a lot to answer for. A Wii launch title, it kicked off a new generation of gaming with a charming, bizarre and very funny collection of minigames in which the titular hero Rayman is abducted by a collective of unhinged rabbits. These insane little bunnies have trapped Rayman in an arena and force him to compete in their many events for their entertainment, day by day you leave your cell to compete in the games. These usually take the format of four varied events followed by a final round that is most often a sort of Time Crisis, arcade shooter in which you defeat the Rabbids armed only with a sink plunger gun. All the games have been designed with serious thought to the controls, a rarity for so early a release (though we didn't know it at the time.) The design work is all very effective and some time even seems to have gone into making it look nice. On top of all that, it's fun.

      There are the range of all too common waggle games here, milk a cow by flicking the controllers up and down or peddle a mine cart, the sort of thing we got sick of a few months into the Wii's life. But, the game also incorporates a lot of variety into the mix aswell, one small round involves racing boars around a small island, another has you riding a pterodactyl and snatching up pigs. By the end of Raving Rabbids I'd experience just about the width and breadth of different gameplay styles on the Wii and it really gave me high hopes for the future.

      Four years on, it's fair to say that Rayman Raving Rabbids isn't a classic. We've seen better and worse party games since and it's somewhat lost in the mix. However, it really offers a style unique to the series and a touch of humour that is hard to come by, it's also something of a looker for the Wii; due partly to an artistic touch that really tries to do something different.

      Unfortunately, it's also a pity the Raving Rabbids is to blame for the sheer abundance of terrible party games on the Wii. During the console's early days, it seemed doubtful that the Wii would find the support it has. In fact, aside from Ubisoft, few developers seem to have any faith in the console and so many only came on board when the numbers of pre-orders started rolling in. We all know how much of a success the Wii was in its first year, no studio wanted to miss out on those sort of sales, and so the many developers opted to copy one of the best selling Wii titles at the time, this one. It seemed in the Wii's first year every game had to include some dodgy party angle, and of course the sold well despite the quality. Rayman remains somewhat the reluctant instigator of the Wii's shoddy first year, despite that fact that this and all further entries in this series have been developed to the highest standard.

      If you're a Wii owner and haven't played this yet, it's a slightly hesitant recommendation from me. Some of the games here are absolutely excellent, I particularly enjoyed the dancing games and the really odd ones (bunnies don't use toothpaste springs to mind) but in the mix there are plenty of dull waggle rounds that we've all seen a thousand times. You'll also have to enjoy party games, there's not that much else to this one. As with all party games, this is a good buy for families.

      Raving Rabbids has been out a fair while now and is available at most places for less than £15, shop around a bit online and you can probably do a fair bit better. This has also recently been re-released in a triple pack with two of the sequels, this can be found for around £30 and is a good deal if you're likely to buy all three; one is probably enough for most people though.

      Enjoy.

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        28.08.2009 15:14
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        Good fun with Rabids

        Rayman Raving Rabids: Wii:

        Rayman Raving Rabids was the first 'Rabids' game for the Wii, there are two more currently, (Raving Rabids 2 and TV Party), and a third is about to be released. Rayman on the other hand has been around for about fifteen years. Rayman is a funny looking fellow with strange floating hands, feet and head. The Rabids are super cute, (in my opinion, some people hate them), fluffy white bunnies.

        The plot of Rayman Raving Rabids, (if you can call it that, it's very weak and basic), is that Rayman is captured and looked in a cell, (a bedroom really), attached to an arena of sorts. Rayman has to complete levels which each feature four mini-games and then a boss fight. To unlock the boss fight, (and therefore be able to move onto to the next level), you have to complete at least three out of the four mini-games. After each level Rayman will receive a plunger which he uses to form a stairway to escape through a window high up in his cell to escape.

        The mini-games are really simple and very short; none will take more than a couple of minutes which is a great advantage for people like me who can get bored easily playing games. My favourite game is the shooting type game when you get to shoot plungers at bunnies and strange mechanical robots. Most of the games use the Wii remote and the nunchuk but several use just the remote. Other games include shaking the remote to fire a bunny into the air and racing on the back of a warthog. We always end up laughing like crazy when we play!

        For me Rayman Raving Rabids is a 'party game', meaning that it is far more fun when played with a group of people instead of on your own. This means you can play the games you want, (either the multi-player games with up to four players), or by passing round the remote and taking turns. It gives you enough time to nip to the loo or make a cuppa without interrupting play.

        After a while the game could get boring as the games are very samey but for a bit of fun with your mates you can't beat it. Amazon currently stock new copies for £17.96 with free postage but I'm sure you could pick it up a bit cheaper either pre-owned in game shops or on eBay.

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          16.06.2009 19:59

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          A must have for every wii collection

          This game is hilarious and the best multiplayer game I have played on the wii so far. I got this for a house party and it had me and my friends in stitches and fighting for the wii remote to have a go.

          It is just so much fun, the rabbids are hilarious, the games are so silly, in fact some of them are so daft it is impossible to keep a straight face while you are playing it. It's a simple concept where Rayman is captured by the Rabbids and has to complete mini games and win plungers to eventually escape his cell.

          There is a mini game to suit everyone, be prepared to fight over the music games as they are the most fun. The best bit about the game is there are no age restrictions to it, your three year old nephew will love it as will seventy year old grandma!

          My only criticism of the game is the amount of end levels that are shooting orientated, but this is more a matter of personal preference than anything.

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          17.05.2009 00:36
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          Fun game but not something to make a night of :)

          Aaah this game is so funny :)

          It's tiring if you play it for too long and SO frustrating if you play it on your own to actually get anywhere! But it's a really good party game especially for people who aren't fond of playing computer games - through fear of being rubbish. It's also a really good game to play with children who have the attention span of a... I don't know what, something with a low attention span lol.

          In short it's a minigames game - you are rayman and you have to escape captivity of the rabbids by playing mini games in a Gladiator style scenario. They bring you out to laugh at you day by day but the better you get, the more bored of you they get until you start to become a hero. By completing the tasks you also unlock songs to listen to in your cell (completely pointless to adults but I suppose kids might find it kinda cool) and you unlock different outfits for rayman to wear.



          THE GAMES
          My favourite games are the one where you throw a cow, the sequence game where you have to repeat the sequence of strange noises the rabbids make (always makes me jump when u get it wrong and they make a loud noise at you!), and at the end of the 4 daily tasks (you only actually have to complete 3), you do a first person shooter style level - i normally slag off first person shooters but this is fun.

          I was so annoyed the other day when playing a game where had t run around hitting the rabbids with a fly swatter or something but the wiimote for some reason didn't recognise this so they were hitting me instead! The toilet door shutting game is also highly irritating as you can't always shut the door even when you know you really should be able to (it's not just me everyone I know who has played this game found it annoying too!) The other irritating game is the dance one where you shake the controllers to the beat. Tedious and goes on for FAR too long, and if you shake the controller just a little bit too hard it registers as another shake and you loose points for doing it wrong.

          REALLY fun game though, just not one to play all night, mainly because it's so tiring!

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          15.05.2009 14:44

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          A good fun party game - try it!

          I think this is a really fun game. I bought it on a rainy afternoon and spent hours playing it with my boyfriend. Its good because there is a lot of variation in the mini games - sometimes you aren't quite sure what you are meant to be doing but most games are quite straightforward. The graphics are great, and you get to dress Rayman up in lots of different costumes which is quite fun in itself. The best bit about the whole game is the mini games called Bunnies Love to Dance. This is a challenge that is set to music - you use the controller and the nunchuck and keep time with the beat to make Rayman and the bunnies dance - you can actually dance yourself while playing the game to make it more fun! To be honest we don't play the game much anymore, but I still think it was worth it for the first day of fun, and then we played the mini games for weeks afterwards before we got bored.

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          09.04.2009 17:07
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          I would definitely recommend this is as a cheap game for the whole family.

          I have always been a fan of Rayman from back in the days when it was on the PC and was definitely just a platform game! I brought this game half heartedly as it was pretty cheap and I wanted to spend some credit that I had for Gamestation so I brought this for around £12.00 very recently.

          This game is very interactive (as per most Wii games) and there are lots of game such as champagne popping etc when you have to use the Wii Remote and the Wii Nunchuk and this is definitely great for youngsters as it gets them on their feet and at least doing a little bit of exercise and interacting with the game keeps them occupied.

          There are lots of stories to the game and little trials that you have to do to entertain the Raving Rabbids that are supposedly your kidnappers!

          It's all harmless, silly fun really and I would definitely recommend this game to keep the kids entertained. My other half & I have really been enjoying working through all the stories too and it's just fun for the whole family really.

          This game is not available on general sale now so keep an eye out in your local Game or Gamestation for pre-owned or check out ebay or amazon for items in the marketplace.

          Overall I would rate this game 4/5 as it is more for children but adults can play it too and it is definitely fun for everyone.

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          16.02.2009 14:24
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          Ravin Rabbid Goodness

          I used to play Rayman on the Pc. The limbless character in a 3D platfomer.
          I had read a number of reviews and everybody raved about it so decided to get myself a copy. For some reason still thinking it was a platformer.

          Oh my goodness was I wrong.
          Oh my goodness was I happy.... this game is superb.

          I don't know if it is because it wasn't quite what I was expecting, or the superb level of homour that is in the game but I actually find myself laughing out loud when playing it.

          So, the first thing you have to do is swing a cow round around your head and see how far you can throw it, Using the Wii remote. took a bit of getting used to but it is a good start.

          Then...... Rabbits Love to Dance......

          There is one of these levels in each "trial" (basically the story goes that you have been captured by these Rabbids and have to do trials for there amusement) and they are easily my favourite.... you have to use the nunchuck and remote and "tap" them in time to the Bunnies landing on top of a podium at the front of stage. the rythm to tap to is determined by the song. So the first song is the theme to Pulp fiction (by Misirlou) which is a really good start. Other tunes that the I've had so far are (that I remember) Cyndy Lauper and OPP. Its so satisfying when get it right...

          Other highlights for me are the gunfights (Plunger fights) at the end of each trail... racing around on hog type thing and shutting the doors no a bunch of bunnies unsing the toilet (with the appropriate noises of course).

          The games in are all really well done (even down to the stance Rayman takes when he is tip toeing up to a bouncer on one of the levels) and a lot of thought has obviously gone into the games.

          I have found this game to be genuinely funny and fun to play (I have read this about other games I have purchased over the years bu this the first that actually is).

          This game doesn't seem to be on general release any more (I picked my copy up from a forum) so you should get it very cheap second hand so its well worth a pop if you need something to keep you occupied whilst recovering from a Wii Fit injury :)

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            29.11.2008 23:26

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            Great fun and soooo cute

            Yet another game that has me rolling about the floor laughing. It is so much fun and the little rabbits in this game or so cheeky you just gotta love them.
            Quite possibly the best level in this game is the disco dancing level where you have to dance to the beat to pass the level. The songs that are played are well known ones and your character Rayman does movemtns to the beat as you control him. Im useless at this level although i love it, but my son is awesome at it and i love to watch him play this level.
            There is also some fun with a milking cows level and one where your fast hand movements have you running round a beach but the faster you move the faster Rayman will run for you. Such a fun cheeky little game and you cant help thinking how cute these rabbits and Rayman are.

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            24.11.2008 20:40
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            This is a game where violence is funny

            This is one of my favorite game. Rayman series is one of the funniest game. It has funny characters which actually suitable for kids, but actually it isn't. It contains many violence in the story in the game, and not only that we are also have to simulate the violence using the wii nunchuck. This game is obviously not for kids consumption, even it is written for 3 years and older.

            Like every rayman games, we would be given games to finish, to be able to escaper from the bunnies. It is so funny how they can make bunnies, which we associate with cute kind creature, a very annoying yet very ignorant.

            I like this game because it is very funny. The bunny yells, is the trade mark of the game. And I love it so much even it is annoying sometimes. It is not so hard to finish, but the excitement is not going anywhere while you were playing this game.

            This game can be played either with one player or two player. Some items would be unlocked if you have finished certain levels in the arcade game.

            The graphic, for me is just average quality, but since the wii game is not focusing in the graphic, I didn't complain much about that. If you really want something to waste some times and if you're really boring with heavy games, this is a game which not using brain at all.

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            24.11.2008 18:00
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            A good set of minigames, fun for those who enjoy all things crazy

            What is a Rabbid? Well, according to this Rayman game, it's just what it sounds like - a rabid rabbit. A raving rabid rabbit, it would seem.

            On paper, this game seems like it could be either good or bad. I mean, the Rayman franchise is fairly well thought of, but not as universally loved as say, Mario or Sonic - I personally have never been a massive fan of the man.

            Similarly, the format of the game sounds fairly unimpressive. It's a series of minigames controlled with the Wiimote. I actually put off buying this game for a while, fearing that it was a gimmicky, Wii-release cash-in based on a less than awesome franchise.

            But that would be doing Rayman: Raving Rabbids an injustice. The minigames are riotous fun. Although none of the gameplay concepts are incredibly inventive - there's something madcap about the style and the gameplay that slaps a grin right onto your face.

            The rabbids themselves are partly responsible for this - the tiny elastic crazy rabbits are hilarious. They're nasty little beasts - they almost reminded me of a Wallace&Gromit version of the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

            The gameplay may not be incredibly inventive, especially in the light of games such as WarioWare, but it is certainly packed with variety. You will find yourself drawing, twisting, pushing, pulling... this is certainly pleasing, and the constant variation keeps things interesting.

            Unfortunately, if you've played other minigames collections such as WarioWare, none of the gameplay will be particularly new, and although a lot of the graphics and situations here are pretty entertaining, the game lacks the sense of pace and utter panic found in Wario's microgaming adventure. The minigames are longer than in this title, and as such it lacks the madcap feeling of tripping over yourself at every turn.

            Overall, Raving Rabbids is definitely a worthy title, and it's great fun to play through with friends. If you're after some crazy minigames and you've exhausted your other titles, this is certainly better than a poke in the eye!

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              02.11.2008 17:20
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              This is a really funny game that you will just love.

              Introduction
              The Rabbids are getting ready to put into motion the plot that they have been preparing for years.
              Rayman is having a lovely picnic with the baby globoxes when the Rabbids suddenly rise up from the ground, kidnap them all and imprison them.
              Rayman is thrown into an enormous arena, under the gaze of a hostile crowd of Rabbids. From this day on, and solely for their own amusement, the Rabbids are going to make Rayman go through a series of trials.
              It's up to you to win them all and free Rayman!

              Graphics
              The graphics on this game are good, it shows everything in enough detail so there is nothing to worry about where that is concerned.

              Sound
              The sound quality is great in this game, you can hear every unusual noise to come out of the rabbids mouths, even if it may make you laugh or even jump.

              My Opinion
              This game needs its own warning it may make you laugh your head off and it is also extremely addictive. This game is great to liven up any bad day you may be having, just try not to get to frustrated when you cant trace the outlines of that sausage fast enough lol.
              The game is a classic and I really wish there were more fun fast and fanatic games like this around, I really believe there should be a whole genre of games like this made. I love this first classic game, if you do enjoy all the fun mini games ( my absolute favourite is the dancing games, its like a dance mat but way more fun) then you should defiantly try the second game.

              I cannot wait for the new Rayman Raving Rabbids Tv party (for the wii fit). It looks like great fun and it can help tone those muscles too, what more can you ask for in a game. This is due to be released on the 24th of this month, I hope this is under my Christmas tree this year!

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                16.09.2008 15:22

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                One of the best games I have played on the Wii!

                When I first saw this game I was intreagued as to who these strange little creatures were! Little did I know that they could bring so much fun and entertainment! This is by far one of the best games on the Wii!

                The game revolves around Rayman playing loads of mini games where the Rabbids seem to constantly torment and tease Rayman! You will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the games, especially where you have to swing a cow above your head like a lasoo and release it at just the right time to see how far you can throw it...poor thing!! Other games include shutting toilet doors as quick as possible to stop the Rabbids escaping and round the Island races. I especially enjoyed the disco dancing where you have to move the wii remote and nunchuck in time with the music to move Rayman!

                This game is very addictive and I couldn't put it down! The graphics are bright and coulourful and the overall gameplay is great! I highly reccomend this one!

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                10.09.2008 14:33
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                Get it now

                This is the most fun game i have played in years. The characters and tasks in this game are beautifully created and give you a extremely fun gaming experience. Mini games are the thing here, you play 'rayman' which is a cute little monkey type creature that has no arms or legs.

                Navigating generally from the first person view of 'rayman' your enemy are evil little bunnies intent on bringing you down. The evil bunnies come in various costumes and in places actually make you laugh out loud at what they are doing or how they look.

                There is a great variety here of mini games and each lasting five minutes or so, the range is from using a bathroom plunger to shoot the evil bunnies to closing toilet doors to keeping the bunnies in.

                This is a really inventive fun game with tons of good gameplay, that uses the wii remotes capabilities wonderfully.

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                  15.08.2008 17:45
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                  Mini Game Madness, great in 2 player

                  RRR is a spin off from the original Rayman series and was released around about the same time as the Nintendo Wii itself. Unlike usual Rayman games (which are generally platformers) RRR consists of a whole series of mini games, races, and shoot em up levels.

                  The story mode is the main part of the game, with Rayman being thrown into a Gladiator esq arena and forced to enter 3 of 4 rooms each time to complete the mini games before the big gate opens and allows you to complete the 'boss' type level (race or first person shooter level). The mini games range from dancing, sports, to the just plain funny (like hitting rabbids on their heads as they pop up from mole hills).

                  The other game mode is Score mode which allows you to replay single or a sequence of games you have already passed. Once you've finished the main story and have everything unlocked this becomes a great feature, allowing you to replay your favourite games over and over, or challenge your mates and laugh at them as they try to pump the 2 parts of the wii remote up and down as fast as they can without going out of sequence.

                  Although this is a Rayman game, the Rabbids are for sure the stars. Ranging from the cut scene's to the FPS level's the humour is kept up, and is very funny in some moments such as when the Rabbids attack each other.

                  The controls are easy in most the games (with the most difficult thing being the physical nature of some of the games). The original copy I played of this, when it first came out (one of my friends copies I played alot), had a control problem with one mini game, which involves hitting large radios and then running over to the matching characters and hitting them by shaking the controller, in which 9 times out of 10 it would not work, when I re-purchased this game at the end of '07 it worked perfectly. Whether this was due to a bug being fixed or me just performing the action slightly differently to previously (it didn't feel like I was doing anything differently) I'm not sure.

                  The audio is very good, with the Rabbids having some very funny saying's and noise's, while the music fits perfectly with the game. Some of the more higher pitched squeals the Rabbids make, however, get pretty annoying after awhile.

                  Overall RRR is a fine addition to anyone's Wii game collection, but in my opinion it is best played with friends.

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                    28.04.2008 22:39
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                    The wackiest wii game ever

                    Rayman Ravin Rabbids is one of the wackiest games I have played, especially on the wii. It combines many, many mini games and is a very unique game. I will tell you if it will be worth buying it or not during this review.

                    Probably the best thing about having this game is the extremely entertaining multiplayer mode. All the mini games make for great multiplayer fun. Every thing in the game can be played with more than one player, making it ideal. The challenge this game is facing is that the list of great multiplayer games for the nintendo wii is growing steadily.

                    The single player mode is not as good as the multiplayer mode unfortunately, but it still does not dissapoint. You play as Rayman, who has been captured by a horde of rabbids. Rayman is then forced to become a gladiator and fight in mini games every day. Once the challanges are completed each day he is given a plunger, he decides to stick these on the wall of his prison cell to make an escape route through the window.

                    Rayman Ravin Rabbids is a brilliant new game. It was one of the first games for the wii with an extensive range of mini games. The game may not last that long though because all the mini games are quite easy to complete with only a few minor exceptions. If you are unfased by this point then the game costs around £15 because it has been around for almost a year.

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                  This new Rayman game features the funniest, zaniest, wackiest antics ever when the world of Rayman is threatened by a devastating invasion of demonic rabbits! With the help of magical creatures, Rayman must battle to save his world from the bunnies. Tame various creatures such as Sharks, Eagles, Rhinos, Spiders, and Angelfish. Each has their own unique capabilities that Rayman will be able to use to battle against the evil rabbits. Help Rayman save his world from the demonic bunny rabbits. They are nasty, mischievous, insane, and completely out of control. There are several types of rabbits and each has their own whacked-out characteristics. With huge free-roaming environments and epic landscapes that mix real and cartoon style.