A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while Rabbids Go Home is a creative and ultimately very fun action game, it contains a great deal of bawdy bathroom humor. This is bawdiness on a level that would not even merit a PG rating were this a film, but the frequency of it certainly merits mention. It's probably no coincidence that the rabbids ride around in speeding shopping carts, a trademark of the all-too-human pranksters from the Jackass TV show and movies. Like the Jackass guys, the rabbids flaunt authority, make fart jokes, and cause damage in the name of a good laugh.
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What's it about?
The rabbids, the psychotic, rabbit-like, alien villains from the last three Rayman games, get their own starring roles in RABBIDS GO HOME. After living in an earth junkyard for the past few years, they want to go back home to the moon. Their plan: Steal enough stuff from earthlings to create a junkpile high enough to reach the moon. To achieve their goal, they attack shopping malls, office buildings, hospitals and the like, filling their carts with every loose object they can get their hands on -- and scaring humans for fun along the way.
Is it any good?
The gameplay of Rabbids Go Home -- barrelling through crowded environments, scooping up anything smaller than you, and building it into a giant pile -- is strangely similar to that of the Katamari games. And like those games, Rabbids offers up a lot of fast-paced fun. The humor may be incredibly lowbrow, but the rabbids themselves are undeniably funny. The ability to alter their appearances -- and make the already goofy-looking creatures even more hilarious by adding tattoos, clothing, mustaches, etc. -- is a great bonus. The evil little things are just such horrible role models; it makes enjoying the game a bit of a guilty pleasure. But it is mightily enjoyable.
Online interaction: Players can modify and share their rabbids online. The customization process is wide enough to allow for words or pictures to be drawn on the rabbids heads or bodies. Potential exists for children to be exposed to a vulgarly decorated rabbid.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the nature of comedy, specifically lowbrow comedy. The rabbids are wretched creatures that anyone would despise in real life, but in the game, we enjoy their horrible behavior. Is it okay to laugh along with bad behavior? What is and isn't acceptable as comedy?
Parents can also discuss product placement with their kids. Why was Capri Sun featured so specifically in this game? Does the product's appearance in the game really say anything about the product itself?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
- Price: $29.99–$49.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 3, 2009
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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