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Remarkably Rabid for Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party


                                            Caution: Too much Blue Star tequila will make your eyes do that.

Wii owners craving a minigame compilation have a myriad of choices. Whether the environment is a circus, carnival, theater, or island resort, there is a collection of Wiimote-flailing diversions for every taste. While a majority of these titles seem to exist solely to capitalize on the success of Nintendo’s console, one series has continually captured our interest- the Rayman Raving Rabbid games.

With Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, the developers have improved upon an already solid formula. The series has always offered the player a multitude of entertaining minigames fused together by an energetic delivery and wacky sense of humor. This game offers players 65 engaging minigames, support for the WiiFit Balance Board, and support for up to eight players.

                                                 When rowdy rabbids are involved, it’s called ‘rastling’

The title’s activities are both diversified and nearly universally interesting. Unlike many other titles with micro-sized diversions, each of the games in TV Party is well conceived and worthy of repeat play. Whereas most compilations may offer a halfhearted Rock Band imitator, this title offer a game with a bit more substance. The activity gives players a choice of four different instruments, each with a different level of difficulty. As icons drop from the top of the screen, the player must shake either the Wiimote or nunchuck accordingly. If the gamer misses a note, much like Rock Band, the sound of the instrument drops out of the sound mix. With simultaneous play for up to four gamers, this was one of our favorite events.

Another unique and remarkable minigame was entirely 2D based. Each player controlled a small rabid-sphere that jumped with a swing of the Wiimote and was guided on the horizontal axis by the analog stick of the nunchuck. As the screen would scroll from right to left, players would bounce off each other, and the platformed environment in an effort to collect to abundant supply of pellets. The game was delightfully simple, yet fiendishly competitive. 


                                         Dance your fuzzy tail off. Oops, the second from the right already did.

For the most part, the game’s use of simple Wiimote-based gestures is incredibly responsive. After seeing a number of DDR-influenced titles on the Wii flounder because of inaccurate movement sensing, we were initially cautious about the dance routines. Thankfully, TV Party operates with a bit more precision. When the title encounters an ambiguous movement, the game errs on the side of leniency, instead of penalizing the player. However, some other Rabbid minigames weren’t as compassionate, such as the one that looked for a very specific ear-cleaning movement during a hygiene drill. Once we found the specific gesture the game was looking for (in this case, a vigorous back and forth motion), frustration ceased.

For select minigames, TV Party conveniently offers the player a choice of using the Wiimote or Balance Board as a control method. While the WiiFit peripheral was an interesting novelty at first, we quickly reverted back to the more traditional control scheme for most of the racing games. Steering our rabbid by tilting the Wiimote or using the stick on the nunchuck proved much more accurate and responsive than the use of the board. For some of the games that parody WiiFit, no controls problems existed.


                                                  “Hey, buddy get a larger belt buckle, the kids are playing!”

Graphically, the game combines skillfully drawn 2D art with proficient 3D assets. The rabbids compensate for their limiting oral vocabulary with a wide range of exaggerated gestures and animations. Small touches like the sight of a character painfully brushing his teeth with an electric razor, add a dose of personality and humor absent from most minigame compilations. The only caveat we had with the title was the slightly sluggish framerate in some of the racing games; we would have preferred a snappier refresh rate over graphical luxury.

For the Wii owner who is not oversaturated with minigame collections, we can’t recommend Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party enough. While retail shelves have a number of cheaper game collections, we recommend players bypass those inferior games and pick up this title. With 65 quality diversions, a heap of unlockables, and some of the best multiplayer gameplay found on the Wii, the rabbids offer one of the best compilations found on Nintendo’s console. For Wii-owning households, we can think of no better video game that will engage the entire family.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

42 comments

  1. First!

    You guys have been reviewed the hell out of ubisoft games lately. Thats cool though.

  2. How is this for kids? I mean the challenge level.

    Great review as always, DE!

  3. Do those annoying little rabbit scream all the damn time in this one? That made me not want to play the first game.

  4. Too casual for me. But I do know some people that mike like this.

  5. This game is lots of fun with 3 other friends to play with. However by yourself… not so much.

  6. How are the plunger shooting levels, those were my favorite part of the first game.

  7. So you don’t need the balance board to play and have fun.

  8. Have you played the first two, DE? How does this compare?

  9. tired on mini-game nonsense; give me a story game, please!

  10. Its great for kids. I played with my 6 year old niece who usually isn’t into games. She got the hang of a few mini-games pretty quickly.

    Both of my nieces absolutely loved the game.

  11. No, not all. Like the review says it makes the game a bit harder to control. Still, if you’re not going for a high score and want to have fun, you might like it.

  12. True, I still had a better time that most games of this type with the second RRR.

  13. I own and have played the first two. This is easily the best in the series as it has the most content, and the gameplay is pretty refined.

  14. Your LTTP on this one. Don’t you review games at/before release anymore?

  15. So this gets the same score as Prince of Persia? Blasphemy!

  16. Much better review that the site that wrote a poem. That was lame.

  17. Looks great for a Wii game. Are all those pics from in-game?

  18. Great captions as usual, DE. And you’re review wasn’t too shabby.

  19. Another Zelda would be fine by me.

  20. This will at Gamestop for $39.99 after Christmas if you can wait.

  21. Why did you wait until Xmas eve to review this?!?!

  22. Dude, I’m a subscriber and I love the site, but you’re working on Christmas eve? No one in the industry is working right now. Take the next couple nights off, all of ya!

  23. Great review. Merry Xmas!

  24. Wow, did expect that kind of rating!

  25. LOL, I appreciate the effort.

  26. Hm…the review seemed to be missing something. I’m not terribly sure what though. I just felt like I didn’t get a good feel for the game based solely on the review. Maybe it would have been nice to hear about replayability of the game/if they minigames are really varied/etc. I’m not terribly positive though.

  27. I think that belt buckle IS appropriately placed. The shame should lay on the two of them that are not covering themselves properly 😉

  28. Awesome! Glad you guys were able to review this, I was a little hesitant after the playing the second one.

  29. I think it was addressed:

    “each of the games in TV Party is well conceived and worthy of repeat play”

  30. Awesome review!!!

  31. While it was a very good review, I wanted a bit more also. I guess you don’t want to write 1000 word reviews 🙂

  32. Nice, Got this for my daughter for Xmas. All she can talk about is using her butt on the wiifit board to move it move it.

  33. I also picked it up. I didn’t expect the game to be so much fun. Really well done.

  34. I love the series, and this game is another great edition to it.

  35. Got this for forty. Our family has played it for about six hours and we’ve only unlocked about 11%.

    Definitely worth the money!

  36. I had the first 2, they were enjoyable, but redundant, which I really have no problem with. I will probably rent this one to see how it compares. Did anyone notice how the game “Rabbids dont like carrot juice” from the first game was pretty much simulation masturbation? you shake the nunchuck up and down and shoot your carrot juice into the mouths of the rabbids, and when they catch you they scream, def. some underlying sexual inuendoes.

  37. I have yet to find out if I’ve gotten this for Christmas, but I loved the other two games. Good times were had by all.

  38. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Funniest thing ever!!!!!

  39. Ive been playing it since Christmas, and it’s my favorite non-Nintendo made Wii game!

  40. This is a great game. I would recommend it to anyone.

  41. I personally was not a huge fan of these games. They were short and shallow. Like a one night stand?

  42. Played with four three hours straight with my kids. What a great game.