What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rabbids Land is a collection of mini-games meant for up to four people. As with previous games in this series, most activities are accompanied by a very basic brand of bathroom humor -- expect tame gags about burping, cow bums, and throwing up -- likely to be enjoyed most by tweens. The cartoonish, dopey rabbids don't display many behaviors that parents would want their kids to emulate, but their antics can make for a positive, laugh-filled social gaming experience among the right players.
What's it about?
Like its predecessors, RABBIDS LAND for Wii U offers up a collection of humorous mini-games featuring Ubisoft's dumb, but strangely adorable, rabbids. This time out, the cartoonish, rabbit-like creatures have invaded a theme park with a big board game hub. Players take turns rolling a die and moving from space to space around a wheel-like playing area as they attempt to collect trophies by winning mini-games, stealing them from friends, and setting up secret sabotage squares. It's a bit like a Mario Party game, only with more belching and vomiting (the rough-around-the-edges rabbids aren't exactly known for proper decorum). Outside the main game players can practice mini-games at their own pace, earning coins with which they can unlock extras including dozens of CGI shorts featuring the rabbids getting into various sorts of trouble.
Is it any good?
It's not quite on par with the Wii U's other theme park party game, Nintendo Land, but Rabbids Land is still a fair bit of fun. It puts the system's touch-screen equipped GamePad controller to good use most of the time, typically employing it as a dedicated display for one of the game's players. One person will focus on the tablet to, say, trace pictures, tilt a platform to roll a pair of marbles around, or guide thieves through a security maze, while a second player watches the TV screen and takes on an opposing role from a different perspective using a Wii remote and nunchuk.
Just keep in mind that most mini-games generally involve just two players selected at the start of the turn. That means you can expect to spend a fair bit of time just sitting and watching other people play. Plus, a few of the mini-games are somewhat uninspired, such as a quiz show focusing on random disgusting facts that most players will simply guess at, including how much snot the average person swallows in a given day (something you really don't need or probably want to know). Still, the board game makes for good multiplayer fun in short bursts.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about social gaming. What makes playing with friends fun? Does it matter much whether you win or lose? Would you rather play a game like this with your family or your pals?
Families can also discuss potty humor. Why do you think people -- often kids -- can't help but laugh at jokes about subjects like flatulence and belching? Do you think giggling about things we normally wouldn't openly discuss makes us slightly more comfortable with our bodily functions?