Rabbids Land Review

Rabbids Land (Available exclusively on Wii U)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Number of Players: 1 to 4
Genre: Party
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Release Date: November 18th, 2012

Parent Talk: Those cute, and wonderfully wacky rabbids are at it again. Parents curious about the content of Rabbits Land need not worry. This Mario Party-inspired digital board game features cartoon violence, crude humor and not much else. In fact this is a perfect game for children and their friends. The gameplay is extremely simplistic, and the content is age-appropriate.

Plays Like: You roll a virtual dice and move your little rabbid across a game board. Occasionally you land on a mini-game square and are blasted off to take part in a mini-game. The objective is to come in first place by any means necessary, which usually means collecting as many trophies as possible by sabotaging friends or winning mini-games.

Review Basis: Played through several games until I had seen more or less everything the game had to offer.

The digital board game genre has had its ups and downs in recent years. Mario Party remains the best of the bunch, but there have been quite a few interesting newcomers that have showed the plumber isn’t the only one who knows how to throw a party. The problem here is that this one was primarily designed around two player mini-games, leaving your other guests just sitting around watching the action. Needless to say, watching a boardgame, real-life or otherwise, isn’t exactly the most exciting thing you can be doing at a party.

The Great:

Credit must be given to Ubisoft for using each and everyone of the Wii U’s abilities. Every single mini-game makes use of the Game Pad in fun and interesting ways. One player uses a Wiimote and the TV screen, while another uses the Game Pad, providing two completely different gameplay experiences. This is exactly what Nintendo was referring to when they introduced the Wii U and coined the term asymmetric gameplay.

The Good:

+ Nice variety of mini-games. From collecting different objects, to races and everything in-between, the mini-games are fun in short bursts.

+ Nice production values. The rabbids have never looked or sounded this good before. The HD visuals in particular look sharp and detailed.

+ Same crazy humor you’re used to. The rabbids are just as insane as ever, and provide more than a few laughs along the way.

The Bad:

– All the mini-games were designed with two players in mind. As such, if you pull this one out at an actual party, all the other players have to do is sit and watch. Needless to say, this isn’t going to be the life of your party.

The Ugly:

Coming off of Nintendo Land Rabbids feels dated and slow by comparison.

The Lowdown:

This genre needs a serious makeover if it hopes to gain mass market appeal again. It’s fun in short bursts, but it’s not an ideal party game if only because there’s not very much playing to be had. Instead players typically watch others, and when they finally do get the chance to play, the action is over in a matter of seconds.

If you have kids at home, they will appreciate this much more than the adults. Young kids really enjoy the wacky presentation, and the mix between the Game Pad and Wiimote gameplay.

Final Score: 5.5/10

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