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Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2

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Naughty rabbits return, more Mini game mischief.
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Positive messages

Lots of crude kid humor, including belching, farting, and hocking loogies into coffee cups. However, the mood is usually playful and fun and rarely cruel.

Violence & scariness

There is plenty of odd, cartoonish violence. One game involves shooting rubber plungers, while another sees the player take on the role of an anesthesiologist who uses a stick to whack his patient into unconsciousness.

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Consumerism

This game is the second in the Rayman: Raving Rabbids party game franchise, which is itself an offshoot of the Rayman adventure video game franchise. Also, note that some of the mini-games and rabbit costumes lampoon well known brands, including Star Wars, Spider-Man, and the Oakland Raiders. However, no actual names or logos are ever shown.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is full of rude and crude rabbits engaged in socially unacceptable shenanigans. They burp loud enough to blow out windows and lean over railings to spit into other characters' coffee cups. However, none of the behavior appears motivated by spite or anger, and their actions seem to have no lasting, negative consequences, which keeps the mood playful. Even the bonus shooting games are innocuous, thanks largely to red toilet plungers serving as ammunition, which knock out but don't kill the targeted rabbits.

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What's it about?

Like its predecessor, Rayman Raving Rabbids, this collection of Mini games flaunts a sense of humor certain to appeal to the young and mischievous (and the mischievous and young at heart). The primary characters in RAYMAN: RAVING RABBIDS 2 are a bunch of bug-eyed rabbits that look like a third-grader's drawings come to life. One game has players drinking soda on a rooftop before letting out a belch that flattens several city blocks, while another sees you chowing down on a big vat of beans before using the power of farts to fly through a long desert canyon.

Less lewd (but still wonderfully silly) challenges include one in which you balance a series of impossibly tall sandwiches while serving them, and another that requires you to pump your remote and nunchuk up and down to outrun a massive boulder. One even has you disciplining a carload of misbehaving rabbits by smacking each of the bunnies' noses whenever they act up.

Is it any good?

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These games are vulgar and immature, no question, yet the atmosphere always remains playful and lighthearted. But while the franchise's signature juvenile wit is intact, something about this sequel doesn't feel quite right. Part of the problem is that all of the activities have been designed so that up to four players can play at the same time. Many enjoyable single-player challenges seen in the first game, like using the Wii remote to draw food shapes, have no equivalent in this sequel.

Another problem is presentation: Aside from a fun little opening movie, the player is provided with no context for anything that takes place. The game begins with the player in a mall selecting a vacation, which will determine which Mini games will be played. It makes no sense, and there is no story to provide context. If you haven't played the original, we recommend it over this follow-up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the rude rabbits' antics are funny within the context of the game, but how they wouldn't be in the real world. If your family has played the original, you can talk about the differences between the two games, particularly whether the shift in focus from single player to multiplayer is a good or bad thing.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 15, 2007
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humour

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Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2013

meh

This game has a ton of slapstick and crude humor. Warning the only mild word is pi-- gets boring after a while plus the bad graphics
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 9 years old July 12, 2012

Cool

This will crack-up your kids. I once went to someone's house for Thanksgiving, and played it there. There was this burp level when you need to make your guy drink soda and then it'll burp and destroy a whole city.
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Too much violence
Easy to play/use
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Kid, 11 years old December 12, 2011

Good Job Rabbids!

The second installment in the Rayman Rabbids series is definitely a keeper in my book. The whole family loves it! Though be warned, the rabbids are a bit violent and naughty, but nothing a 8 year old and up can't handle.
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Too much violence

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