Radical Rabbit Stew

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Retro action/puzzler is a tasty snack-sized treat.

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Positive Messages

While there's some story plot about rescuing the chefs that rabbits have abducted, the bulk of the game's focus is to survive and fend off the space bunny invasion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though there's not much room for character development, the player's busboy character stands up to the invasion and tries to help out his fellow kitchen professionals. Also, the character (and the player) uses his smarts as well as his brawn to sort out just how to ricochet the rabbits into the waiting pots of stew.

Ease of Play

The controls are easy to pick up and play, and the beginning stages are simple to complete. The game does a great job of easing players into the gameplay, gradually increasing the difficulty while also opening up new tools and strategies to use.

Violence & Scariness

The game has a very retro pixelated style and a cartoonish, over-the-top sense of humor that helps to reduce the impact of the onscreen violence. But players are still smacking rabbits all around the stage and into stew pots. Plus, attacking rabbits can actually catch the player and devour them in a few bites.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Radical Rabbit Stew is an action/puzzle game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of a busboy at an intergalactic restaurant fending off an invasion of angry space rabbits. Violence is core to the game, with player hitting rabbits with a spoon to knock them around each stage before landing in awaiting stew pots. The rabbits can also attack and even eat the player. But the game's use of a retro and pixelated art style with no blood shown onscreen combined with its slapstick, over-the-top humor makes the violence seem more cartoonish and silly in nature.

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What's it about?

RADICAL RABBIT STEW is an offbeat, sci-fi kitchen themed, action/puzzler with a nostalgic retro flavor. Players are hard at work as a busboy in the most popular restaurant in the galaxy, a place famed for some of the most decadent and flavorful dishes to be found throughout the cosmos. Unfortunately, this gets the attention of the notorious rabbit Queen, who orders her armies to invade the restaurant and abduct all its legendary chefs. Now it's up to you, armed only with your trusty serving spoon, to teach those radical space rabbits a lesson in culinary combat. With a mighty swing of the spoon, players smack the furry invaders throughout the stage, aiming to ricochet some rabbits into stew pots just waiting for that last tasty ingredient. Players can make their way through multiple stages in solo play, or join up to three friends in frantic four player action in local multiplayer matches.

Is it any good?

Some games have deep plots with well developed characters and epic cinematic moments, while others seem like they're the result of some developer's wild, nonsensical fever dreams. Radical Rabbit Stew falls squarely in the latter category, and gamers are all the better for it. The game's insane premise and classic design combine to create an addictive experience that feels like it could easily have been pulled out of a time capsule from the 16-bit heyday of the '90s. The game's simple to pick up and play, with a lot of arcade-like action and slapstick humor that keeps players' interest. Its gradual difficulty curve also eases players of any age into the experience without ever becoming frustrating, while also changing things up along the way to make them rethink their strategies.

Radical Rabbit Stew's single-player mode is a tasty treat, but it feels more like an appetizer than an entrée. The main game can be completed from start to finish in just a few hours, and the bulk of it is basically a piece of ricocheting rabbit flavored cake. The multiplayer component helps to bulk the gameplay up a bit, and it's a fun way to bring friends in on the action. But even this can get repetitive relatively quickly. On the upside, players can also use the game's built-in level editor and craft their own unique multiplayer creations to share with friends. This all makes Radical Rabbit Stew a savory snack-sized game that's a near perfect party favor for fans with a more nostalgic palate.

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  • Families can talk about gameplay and art style. What is the appeal of modern games with a retro vibe? How can slapstick humor help to make games more entertaining?

  • How difficult is it to find the right balance between making a game too easy or too hard? What are some ways that games use to adjust difficulty to a players' skill level? 

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For kids who love fast paced puzzlers with a nostalgic flair

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