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Publisher: Ubisoft    Genre: Arcade
Min OS X: 10.4    CPU: Intel

Rayman Raving Rabbids
June 5, 2009 | Marcus Albers

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The game that I found the most fun, though, was the "shake your booty" games. These are rhythm games in the vein of Dance Dance Revolution, where you have to hit the controller buttons at the precise time during the song. Rayman stands in the middle of the stage, dancing his little no-limbed heart out, as a steady stream of rabbids come from both sides of the stage. By hitting the left and right controller shoulder buttons (on an Xbox 360 controller, which the game supports by default) when the front-most rabbid is over the target circle, you gain points. The game even features licensed songs, including "Hip Hop Hooray" by Naughty By Nature and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. I'm a big fan of music rhythm games, so this one settled quite nicely with me.

Once you complete a game in the story mode, you can go back and play again in trial mode, which will then allow you to unlock other things, like music to listen to on the victrola in your cell, or different costumes for Rayman to wear, which can be chosen by going to the locker in your cell. Many of the games can also be enjoyed with multiple players, giving Raving Rabbids a bit of a party-game flavor. Although not all are suited for multiplayer, and thus not all can be played as such, there is are a fair amount that can, and are quite fun when enjoyed as such.

The graphics for Rayman Raving Rabbids are pretty good. They are not state of the art, and not just because this game is going on 3 years old. The Rayman series has always chosen a more simplified graphic style for its 3D games, and it fits the franchise. The one graphic choice that I do have somewhat of a problem with is the fact that the rabbids in the stands of the coliseum where you choose your games are all 2D cutouts. This probably wouldn't be such a problem, but as the rabbids are taunting you, the camera frequently passes through the crowd, and it becomes blatantly obvious as you see the pixelated rabbid cutouts up-close.

Sound is well done, with the typically quiet protagonist, and the rabbids shouting generally indecipherable things in their own silly language. Music fits nicely with the different parts of the game, particularly the songs for the Shake Your Booty game. It makes it quite a bit more fun to play through the mini-game when you know the song that you are trying to compete with.

So, is Rayman Raving Rabbids worth your hard earned plungers or should you go running away with the rabbids? There is significant time to be had going through the story mode, and enough variety in the mini-games to keep it interesting for most of the journey. And the games can always be revisited if you feel the need to shake your booty or shoot some plungers at some rabbids. For under $20, it's hard not to recommend this game, especially for those who like their gaming sessions in small doses. Rayman needs saving, so go to it!

• Fun story
• Varied mini-games
• Generally easy, pick-up-and-play style
• Recognizable music for "Shake Your Booty" game
• Lots of replayability

• Some graphic shortcuts are blatantly obvious
• Control schemes in some mini-games can be frustrating
• More multiplayer games wouldn't have gone amiss

Rayman Raving Rabbids
Mac Version: TransGaming
Publisher: Ubisoft
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