A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rabbids Invasion is an irreverent social game with occasional examples of mischief and comic violence, including references to vomit and flatulence, and the ability to set other Rabbids on fire. Players can decorate their avatar to look like the rabbid is dipping its hand into a pile of poo on the ground. The game is free to play but players can spend real world money to speed up quests and unlock exclusive items.
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What's it about?
The Raving Rabbids are back, and this time they've invaded Facebook itself in the franchise's first foray into social gaming. RABBIDS INVASION is a spoof on popular social games like FarmVille and CityVille, the premise being that instead of building a homestead or city from the ground up, Rabbids "invade" other players' farms and towns by taking over buildings and decorations one by one, thereby transforming the landscape into a garish caricature that reflect the Rabbids' warped sense of style. Players gradually unlock more and more territory, and can expand to new terrains.
Is it any good?
Its cheeky premise aside, Rabbids Invasion basically follows the same conventions as the social games it's meant to be lampooning. Instead of growing conventional crops, players plant things like roast chickens in the ground and wait for them to "mature." Quirky quests ask players to do things like scare cute animals out of town rather than rescue them, "bug friends" (ask for items on friends' walls), or toggle the sound on and off five times. The animations are wonderful, and players will be treated to scenes of Rabbids playing bumper cars, diving off conveyor belts into giant vats of mud, attending a giant marshmallow roast, and more. Like most Facebook games, Rabbids Invasion is still carefully engineered to entice players into spending real-world cash and spam their friends, but the Rabbids bring their own unique sense of fun and mischief to the genre.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Facebook's privacy settings, and why it's important not to give strangers full access to your Facebook profile, wall, and photos.
Families can also talk about satire and in what ways Rabbids Invasion pokes fun at traditional social game genre conventions.