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Rayman Raving Rabbids Package Art
GENRE
Platformer
DEVELOPER
Ubisoft Casablanca
PUBLISHER
Ubisoft
LOCAL WIRELESS
MULTI-PLAY
No
Wi-Fi/GLOBAL ONLINE
MULTI-PLAY
No
MICROPHONE
Yes
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Rayman Raving Rabbids

Rayman Raving Rabbids for Wii was a generally well-received game, praised for the over-the-top Rabbids (new rabbit-like characters) that tried to thwart Rayman in his adventures. Ubisoft decided to bring the zany Rabbids to DS, and their handheld translation isn't that bad.

visuals

Ubisoft's high standards for three-dimensional design were, unfortunately, not followed for this game. Every single object and background is static, blurry, blocky and dull. Enemies lack variety and look grainy or sometimes plain ugly. Rayman looks okay, but our limbless hero suffers from framerate issues and chops up onscreen, along with everything else.

The many different levels are the one good thing that Ubisoft Casablanca threw in. If only these levels were prettier and the overall 3D more fleshed out, the graphics would not be an issue. Sometimes the visuals in Rabbids can be hard to play with, but they're bearable most of the time.

audio

Rayman Raving Rabbids takes some of the best party and dance music from the last forty years and incorporates some original material to create a truly unique soundtrack. Popular songs like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "La Bamba" are sped up to create a more intense platforming experience, and the original stuff puts the game in perspective. The songs sound pretty silly on DS, but they work just fine at getting you involved in the level. The sound effects, like Rayman grunting or the Rabbids shooting toilet plungers at you (which is pretty funny), are average. All in all, Ubisoft did a good job of presenting an audio package that flows well with the zany action and characters of the game.

gameplay

Rabbids employs both a traditional control method and a touch-enabled method. The main story is controlled by using the d-pad and face buttons to move Rayman and make him perform certain actions, like jumping and throwing. At the end of each story section Rayman will acquire a new suit to help him get through certain situations (in similar fashion to Link's different suits in the Zelda series). After beating a certain amount of levels, Rayman gains access to a touch screen controlled area that is amazingly fun.

These areas have you grabbing all the trophies, while a UFO ship filled with Rabbids shoots lasers at you. All the skills and suits that you earn in the main levels are put to full use in the trophy stages and work exceptionally well. It may take a few tries to fully grasp how to control Rayman, but once you get it, it becomes seamless. This seems to be the case with the regular platforming levels as well, where jumping can be frustrating at first, but once understood is a simple task.

The big problem with the gameplay has to do with the graphics. The slowdown and choppiness that appears in some areas can effect how the game plays; fortunately, this is only in isolated places. Overall, nothing is quite like the angry Rabbids shooting random objects at you while you run around a dangerous level.

multiplayer

N/A

overall

Rayman Raving Rabbids for DS is a fun and energetic game that works well as a platformer, but horribly as a showcase. The game controls well, but has many graphical problems. If you can overlook the graphics and have an interest in losing yourself for a few hours, Rabbids is worthy of your purchase.

final score 6.9/10





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