Rabbids Land

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Rabbids Land
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Developer(s) Ubisoft Paris
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Series Raving Rabbids
Platform(s) Wii U
Release
  • NA: November 18, 2012[1]
  • EU: November 30, 2012
  • AU: November 30, 2012
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Rabbids Land is a Wii U game that was announced by Ubisoft at E3 2012.[2] It is the seventh installment of the Raving Rabbids series, not including handheld adaptations or the iPhone application, "Rabbids Go Phone".

Plot[edit]

Still on Earth, the Rabbids find themselves taking over an amusement park. Two Rabbids are attempting to go on one of the rides (not in disguise the first time, in disguise the second time as a dinosaur and in disguise the third time as a tall man), but are thrown out by an unseen person. One of the Rabbids contact the Rabbid spaceship through an iPhone-like device. He tries to call the Rabbid in the spaceship, but the Rabbid in the spaceship is too busy playing with the Wii U Gamepad. Unaware of the consequences, the Rabbid in the spaceship continues to play with the Gamepad, which was actually controlling the whole ship. The Rabbid turns the Gamepad upside down, which causes the ship to land in the amusement park.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay is similar to the Mario Party series. It features a board game-like scenario. The player will have to roll a die with the Wii U Gamepad and depending on the number the die lands, the Rabbid will move to the corresponding square. These squares trigger a different feature and can be easily told apart just by looking at the symbol drawn on the square. Your primary goal is to win the board game by winning trophies, which can be collected by playing and winning minigames. Once a player has collected all trophies needed, you need to get to the center. Once you get to the center, the game is over and the player can win prizes.

Although up to four players can take turns in the main game, only two players can play the minigames at a time.

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Jennifer Kes Remington. A 17-song soundtrack is available on the iTunes Music Store, and is based on the minigames played. Similar of the dance called Here Comes The Hotstepper by The Hit Crew from Just Dance 2, the game also includes licensed songs such as Make the Party (Don't Stop) by BunnyBeatsTV, Dance All Nite and Crazy Little Thing by ANJA.

Reception[edit]

Rabbids Land received mixed reviews, mostly because of its board game style of play. Metacritic gives it an aggregate score of 52.[3]

IGN gave it a 5 out of 10, calling it "a mediocre party game mini-game collection."[4] IGN praised it for some amusing mini-games and good use of hardware but disliked the other mini-games, tired setup and terrible multiplayer setup.

Nintendo Life gave Rabbids Land a positive review, giving it a 7 out of 10.[5] Nintendo Life praised its fun mini-games and amazing graphics and said, "if you don't mind the one-to one restriction of the mini-games, there's a lot of fun to be had here." Nintendo Life disliked a few mini-games saying "It's a few you can go without." They noted that the lack of attractions is disappointing.

GameInformer gave Rabbids Land a 4 calling the Rabbids "party poopers".[6] GameInformer disliked the tired infused board game concept and low replay value. They also stated that the animation was great, but overall the graphics weren't impressive, claiming that the game still could have been a Wii game.

"Nintendo World Report" gave it a 7 out of 10 score,[7] praising its fun couch multi-player, Off-TV Play and well-designed style, but criticizing its low levels of difficulty, lack of creativity and disliked that only two players could play at a time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher, JC (September 26, 2012). "Wii U launch supported by 23 day-one releases in North America". Joystiq. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Conditt, Jessica (June 23, 2012). "Rabbids Land E3 trailer plays with a Wii U in an amusement park". Joystiq. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rabbids Land". Metacritic. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dyer, Mitch (November 21, 2012). "Rabbids Land Review". IGN. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sleeper, Morgan (November 25, 2012). "Review: Rabbids Land (Wii U)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Reeves, Ben (November 19, 2012). "Rabbids Land Review – Ubisoft's Rabbids Are Party Poopers". Game Informer. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ruff, Ariel (November 23, 2012). "Rabbids Land Review – Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved December 10, 2012.