Through the power of a time travelling washing machine, your lonesome little Rabbid has ended up in a museum which acts as the hub for this latest loony title from Ubisoft, Raving Rabbids Travel In Time. Good to see that they are making as much sense as ever.
Which is one of the best reasons to play a Rabbid game, they are outrageously funny. And this is something that has not changed in this title, thankfully. After the excellence of Rabbids Go Home, the Rabbids have returned to their mini-game routes by offering five different mini-game types across various historical milestones. It is up to the player to choose whether they try to keep history on it’s original path, or change history forever through completing the mini-games.
It goes without saying that these games are best enjoyed with up to three friends, locally or online, but the AI does a good job should the player wish to go solo. By traveling through the museum to the main game room, the players will be able to enter, once unlocked, five different doors that will take them to five different types of games. Possibly the most interesting of these game types are the flying games, which see the Rabbid sporting a pair of wings. These games offer up races and battles. The trouble that I had with the flying games were the controls, where Wiimote and Nunchuk each controlled a wing. I should point out at this point that I am notoriously bad at flying games, but flying a Rabbid seemed more difficult than most.
Then there are the point at the screen and shoot type games. In contrast to the flying games, these proved to be the simplest and possibly the most fun, although not exactly an original idea. The team-based games in which two Rabbids are tied together with toilet paper were quite interesting, with the player having to race against another team of two to reach a finish line or collect items. The AI performs adequately, but these games offer real fun when played with another player.
Playing the platform-type games I found to be really disappointing. These 2D levels see the player jumping from platform to platform in an attempt to stay alive or gather more items than the opposition. The problem that I had was that the jump and moving mechanics seemed really vague, meaning it was taking twice as long as it should to get anywhere. The idea itself was sound, but the execution flawed. The final game type is only available to those with a motionplus controller and offers up some fishing action. I still don’t really understand why this would need the more advanced controller, other than to make you by a new controller or to reward you for having bought one. Either way, these games are not really that great so if you don’t have a motionplus controller, you are not missing much.
So there are the mini-games, bu the fun doesn’t stop there. Spread around the museum are a couple of other time-wasters that are actually worth wasting time with. There is a parody of a singing game which is absolutely hilarious and sees the player tilting the Wiimote and then hitting a button to sing at the right time. Then we have a haphazard dancing game that also goes a long way towards providing a welcome break from the mini-game action. Finally there are a selection of quizzes about a range of subjects that will have you scratching your head one minute and then giggling to yourself the next. These games are actually more enjoyable than some of the main mini-games and will offer a multitude of chuckles.
There are also a range of things for the player to collect during their time in the game. There is a collection of awards to be had, although they seem to be added as an afterthought as they are pretty much hidden and are not as big a deal as you would expect. And, of course, where would a Rabbid game be without the chance to make your Rabbid look even more daft than they already do? This time around we have a number of historical costumes to dress the Rabbids in, once they have been unlocked in the game. Being able to dress your Rabbid as a Mummy or a Native American is certainly fun and gives the player something else to strive for.
Personally I wish that the Rabbids had not returned to the mini-game formula, as the Wii market is already filled with games of this type. But as with any mini-game compilation, some games really hit the spot whilst others are not so impressive. The overall quality of the games in this package is average. They are however held together in a bright, colourful, well polished package and the humour that makes the Rabbids so much fun is still there. Raving Rabbids Travel In Time is not the best Rabbid outing available, but there is still fun to be had, and I still love those crazy Rabbids.