Silly Rabbids, traveling in time is for kids. Well, the whole family, really. This latest installment of one of the Nintendo Wii’s most stalwart party games sees the crazy rabbits – er, rabbids – traveling through time and messing up that whole space time continuum. But their fun-loving and destructive ways shouldn’t create any real paradoxes; they should only provide a bunch of family time fun.
This fifth installment in the Rabbids series is a return to the party game roots that the series first explored on the Wii back in late 1996. This time around, developer and publisher Ubisoft has focused back upon the party game elements that made the game so fun to play with multiple people, regardless of age or gaming experience.
Thanks to a washing machine gone awry (and trans-dimensional, apparently… maybe it belonged to Einstein at one point), the mischievous Rabbids have started flitting about the space-time continuum, messing things up as they are often wont to do. Along the way they engage in their typical Rabbid mini-games, which fall in to one of the following categories: flying, bouncing, shooting, navigation and Wii MotionPlus enabled activities. That last one includes games that mimic actions like fishing, that the Wii remote is particularly capable of aping.
The time travel aspect allows for references to all kinds of things from history that the Rabbids can then dress up as. Cavemen Rabbids, Wild West Rabbids, Egyptian Rabbids, Renaissance Rabbids, fried shrimp… sorry, my inner-Bubba just came out. Everyone should love the costume changes, as much as they will love simply running around the hub world between mini-games; smashing stuff, burping and goofing off to their heart’s desire.
Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time will allow for four players to get their party on in split screen as well as online, a first for the Rabbids series. Scores and other results can also be easily posted to Facebook, as the Rabbids community goes easily online. On the whole, the experience is meant to be enjoyed with friends, and Ubisoft is trying to make sure that groups of friends, be they families or inebriated college students, get the most fun out of their Raving Rabbids experience. Prepare to f**k up history when Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time releases this November.