Rabbids Travel In Time (Hands-On) (Wii) Preview

By Calum Peak 05.08.2010 7

Review for Rabbids Travel In Time (Hands-On) on Wii

The mischievous Rabbids have been around since the Wii first launched, offering multiplayer party fun with mad mini games for all the family to join in on. Since then, the Rabbids have branched out into various genres, including their own adventure two years ago which revolved around them trying to return to their home planet via some ridiculous methods. The mischievous critters are set to make a comeback later this year in Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time for the Wii. Let’s have a gander to see how it’s shaping up, shall we?

Rabbids Travel In Time is set to have the Rabbids return to formula in pure mini-game glory for up to four people. After the mini-game madness, what’s left of the story is that the Rabbids manage (somehow) to acquire a time machine in the form of a washing machine. This machine takes the Rabbids back to various points in time to have a laugh while rewriting history. After Rabbids have had their way the Mona Lisa no longer features a smiling subject, and the 1920’s Wall St. Crash becomes the result of fiddling with the stock market boards.

These scenes also serve as playable levels — the former being a Mario Kart-style race in which characters fly rather than drive. The Wii remote and Nunchuk are used in unison as a steering wheel to hurtle your Rabbid around the track. There are also plenty of weapons to hurl at your opponents, such as rockets, boosts, and even black holes that set foes back by three seconds. Initially, the controls feel a little fiddly, but once used to them you and your friends will be looking like fools in no time as you fly your Rabbids around the course.

Screenshot for Rabbids Travel In Time (Hands-On) on Wii

The second level revolves around the stock market and it’s up to you and a friend to work co-operatively/against each other in order to get as much money back into the stock market desk whist avoiding obstacles and even stealing your opponent’s collectables. Co-op really comes into play when you need to pick opponents up and carry/throw them to get them to ledges and other areas that house boxes which are worth more than most. It’s short and sweet, but it is very competitive all the same.

Travel in Time boasts an impressive hub world that is reminiscent of Super Mario 64. Here players can choose one of the many costumes — including everything from pirates to Ché Guevara — and even pick up on some co-operative mini-mini-games, such as a singing contest which features Jimmi Hendrix’s smoke on the water, albeit in the Rabbid’s wailing tones. The hub is also filled to the brim with interactive items — such as exploding fire extinguishers, moving statues, and ponds that cause your critter to emit a rather audible burp — for players to mess around with.

Travel in Time features drop-in, drop-out co-operative play, but with a twist! When new players enter the hub they are immediately attached together by a roll of toilet paper that forces them to move together in tandem. This adds a tug-o-war element as everyone tries (unsuccessfully) to run off in different directions. This not only causes utter havoc but makes mini-games all the more interesting (and ridiculous) at the same time.

Screenshot for Rabbids Travel In Time (Hands-On) on Wii

Final Thoughts

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time features numerous genres of mini-games, incentives to beat previous high scores, and extensive multiplayer options as ways of improving longevity. Mini-games will surely prove popular in party-environments, but there’s isn’t much here for the veteran gamer. What the game does provide, though, is a lot of nonstop fun and amusement that is a sure fire way to make complete buffoons of all involved with its reliance on Wii Remote-waggling in addition to the general hilarity provided by Rabbids’ starkly mad manner. Travel in Time still has some small niggles to iron out and graphics to polish up, but if you’re a fan of previous titles and/or just fancy a laugh, you might want to keep your eye on this come launch.

Developer

Ubisoft

Publisher

Ubisoft

Genre

Adventure

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10 (1 Votes)

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Comments

I've never been a big Rabbids fan, but I'm not really into party games anyway, so that's not too surprising...clearly they sell well enough, though!! isn't this the fourth or fifth game?? Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Fifth. It goes like this:
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party
Rabbids Go Home
Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time

I only own RRR2, got it given to me for nothing. Smilie

Mush123 said:
Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party

That's the one I'd forgotten about...thanks Smilie

Didn't particular enjoy the deviation from the mini-game theme (Rabbids Go Home), although I've heard many people did actually like it...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Just in case people were unaware of this... Ubisoft announced a triple pack of the first 3 Rabbids games.

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It will be released on the 10th September 2010 in the UK, unless it gets pushed back or something.

( Edited 07.08.2010 02:25 by Mush123 )

Wow, I was completely unaware of that! Talk about milking the franchise for all it's worth Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]
cnl_angus (guest) 07.08.2010#6

Jimmi Hendrix’s smoke on the water ?
I thought the original song was by Deep Purple. (released in 71, Hendrix was dead already).

Anyway, this game sounds exciting.

Pass on this one. Rayman Origins is going to be freaking amazing and 100 times better.


Mario, Mega Man and Rayman FTW!!!

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