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Funny at times, but lacking in much substance
on December 29, 2006
I bought Rayman: Raving Rabbids over Super Monkey Ball because of the reviews I saw here on Amazon. I wanted a party game that would entertain myself and a few family members during the holiday season. I'm afraid I made the wrong choice.
The other reviews here make some points.
1) It is very funny at times.
2) Some of the minigames are a lot of fun.
The problem is that once you get by these 2 points, there's not much left to the game. I am not a hardcore gamer yet I still beat the single-player story mode in about 4-5 hrs. That was ok with me because I really just wanted to unlock the games to play with some other people. Problem is, there are only maybe 3-4 games worth playing again.
Let me address the 2 points many have made.
1) It's funny. Yes it is...the first couple times you see it. Then it's not funny any more. It's like hearing the same joke for the 5th time, it's not like the first time you heard it. In other words, it doesn't save the game.
2) Some games are fun. Yes, maybe 3-4 of them. Only 2-3 would I play in multiplayer more than once...the bunny hunt, dancing, and the warthog racing. We played each of the others once or twice, laughed a little, but then everyone says, "What other games does it have?" i.e. I'm bored with that now.
Even the best games got old very quickly though. Bunny Hunt is too easy and we were ready to be done with it after playing it for an hour...and it is exactly the same every time, no variation or AI at all. Warthog racing is cute the first couple times, but leaves you thinking, "Is that it?" The dancing game is quite a bit of fun in multiplayer but is not worth the $50 price tag on its own. The ice sliding game similar to curling is an ok game too.
The games are clever in that they do think of interesting ways to use the Wiimote. However, I think too much thought went into thinking of clever ways to use it rather than thinking about how fun each game would actually be. There is almost no replay value whatsoever.
Bottom line: I have had the game 3 days now, have beaten it (which is unusual for me), and am bored with it. I am wishing I could trade it back in for Super Monkey Ball now, but I know the store will give me nothing for it.
I give it 3 stars overall because there are some good qualities and I did have some fun playing it the first day. I would recommend renting it before you buy it though because you'll be wishing you had the $50 back after playing it for a few days. You'll be thumbing through the menus wondering "Is that it?" and "Have I missed something?".
EDIT: Turns out Super Monkey Ball was not any better! Perhaps even worse overall considering the awful control schemes....