A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Mini games collection involves a lot of comic mischief and mayhem. The violence is mainly directed toward the Rabbids, a group of humanoid rabbits. Players will hit and shoot the Rabbids (with toilet plungers) in many Mini games, but the violence is never graphic. The humor is usually juvenile and sometimes bathroom-humor crude, but players won't see anything that they wouldn't see in a PG-rated animated movie.
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What's it about?
RAYMAN RAVING RABBIDS' Mini games are held together by a wisp of a story: Rayman has been captured by a horde of mad bunny creatures (the titular Rabbids) and forced to entertain the masses in a gladiator-style arena. The overall flow of the game is surprisingly calm, since each challenge plays like an isolated game, although the action within individual challenges can become quite frantic. Most of the challenges involve just a few simple actions, but the charm of the game comes from the absurd nature of such activities and the lovable, cartoon-y idiocy of the Rabbid characters. Players never know which species of insanity might be lurking in the next level's challenges (Pulling worms from rotten teeth? Riding a bat? Throwing a cow?).
Is it any good?
Raving Rabbids does an admirable job of putting the Wii remote through almost every conceivable shake and spin in dozens of short (on the order of a couple minutes or less) challenges. But for all the zany fun, the single-player game requires only four to five hours to finish. And even before that point is reached, many Mini games are recycled.
Still, it's hard to deny the wacky charm of the Rabbids. They have dopey, wide-set eyes and are prone to Looney Tunes-style mayhem. Fans of slapstick antics will certainly laugh out loud more than once as they play the game. Rayman Raving Rabbids is an undeniably fun game, but the short and sometimes shallow gameplay suggest that interested gamers might want to try a rental before purchasing it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about slapstick silliness. Why is it funny to whack these bunny-like creatures over the head with hammers, or throw a cow? What keeps it from being cruel instead, or is the idea still a little cruel? What makes the laughs more kid-friendly than parent-friendly? What else would you like to see Rayman encounter in the arena? Families who play this game together can also discuss and share strategies for beating each Mini game.
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