Rayman Raving Rabbids Updated Hands-On

Ubisoft's recent Wii showcase in Paris gave us a further opportunity to try out some more of the minigames featured in Rayman Raving Rabbids.

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Following on from our previous hands-on with the game, we recently had the opportunity to try out some more of Rayman's minigames. Rayman Raving Rabbids, which deviates quite some way from the franchise's arcade-platform roots, doesn't feature much in the way of an overall story arc, or even an adventure. Even so, the game does a good job of not getting tied down by any single set of controls, instead varying them from minigame to minigame.

Soon you'll be able to use your Wiimote to toss cows.

The plot in the game is fairly simple--the rabbids have taken over, imprisoned Rayman's friends, and locked him in a gladiatorial cell. Every day for 15 days Rayman must face four challenges and entertain the crowd. Success will unlock various goodies, such as new clothing and music, and eventually your aim is to have Rayman hailed as a hero. But while we didn't get to see any more of the story mode in action other than those few details, we did get to play a few more of the 70-plus minigames that will form the challenges.

The first was a cow-tossing game in which Rayman must spin a cow around and try and throw it as far as possible. The basic principle is similar to the hammer throw in athletics, and this lasso motion is replicated by using the Wiimote. By whirling it around as quickly as possible you'll build up momentum, and when you're up to speed you need to release the cow at just the right time. This is accomplished by pressing the Wiimote's trigger, but timing is essential or else you'll end up sending the cow in the wrong direction. Which is funny, sure, but won't get you many points.

Another of the minigames we played was a variation of the playground game known in France as 'One Two Three Stop!', in which players must try to creep up on a person but remain perfectly still if that person turns around. In Rayman you need to pump both controllers up and down in a running motion, and then thrust the Wiimote out in front of you, aiming it at a circle that will move around the screen. You need to keep aiming within the circle as it moves, or else you'll be caught and it's game over. After about six rounds of this you should reach your target, but progress made in each round depends on how fast you can pump your arms to move.

All of the 70-plus minigames appear to have one thing in common, a large dose of crazy.

A third minigame we tried out involved something like a cross between Indiana Jones and ski-jumping, and required us to jump a mine cart from a mineshaft track and off the edge of a small cliff, trying to get as much distance as possible before landing. The actions for this game were much simpler, with just enough pumping of the arms to get up to speed before the jump, and using a single boost button to give you some extra power. It's one of the simpler games in terms of controls, but it's also one of the most intensely active.

Finally, there were some more details on customisation, with a few of the possible costumes that Rayman can wear. Sunglasses, hairstyles, jumpers, and trousers can all be changed, with a number of styles available, including granny and gangsta. We'll have more details on how the other minigames play out, as well as how the game comes together as a whole, in the coming weeks.

Discussion

71 comments
zemognavi
zemognavi

It looks really childish........but still fun..........I'll make sure to check it out.

shawnd0517
shawnd0517

This game looks hilarious! I love the trailer. Hopefully the gameplay is comfortable and smooth, so I can make sure to get it during the holidays.

-supercharged-
-supercharged-

Good luck pumping your arms for this one :lol: Cause I won't be near it.

Rayterd
Rayterd

So many good looking games coming out for Wii.... Man, I really wish I had pre-ordered now. There's no way I can get them all at Christmas!

shadow310
shadow310

Dang thats awesome, even the song, Misirlou, for the trailer ads humor to it, im definitly getting this.... omg

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'm worried that this game will be too fun and me and my wife will forget that we have a daughter to look after.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

hmmm sounds a lot like Monkey Ball except this has no story arch, but more minigames and more customization...does n e one know how the multiplayer works?

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

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jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Don't know wheter i'l get this game or not...

joespimpin
joespimpin

This is my most anticipated Wii game outside of zelda. What I like about this game is the bold use of zanny humor and willingness to just have fun with the title and not worry about rather people in the masses will except it. I hand it to ubisoft for going all out in this game. I strongly recommend everyone play this game even if you don't buy it first.

LucasAW
LucasAW

Looks good I guess.. still not convinced - i'll remain skeptic on this game, until I give it a go first hand.

Turisman4
Turisman4

I never thought I'd say this about any Rayman game, but this might be one of the must-have titles to get for the Wii.

Itstm1635
Itstm1635

This game was the main reason i wanted to buy a Wii .Now that i've looked into the Wii specs more deeply i'm quite sure the Wii Will Rock My Socks off :)

TheSilverDragon
TheSilverDragon

PolishPunisher said: "Probably better on the 360 and PS3 " Huh? Is it even on the 360 and PS3? lol, this game is built for the wii controls... duh.

Deathraith
Deathraith

looks great with a good amount of humor thrown in

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

I want to buy this game so badly. It's in my top 3 games to get for the Wii on launch day.

toru12
toru12

I want to buy my wii in order to play this game :)

kails
kails

Can't wait to buy it

XGustaX
XGustaX

Wow this game looks great!

marty352
marty352

ye i no already read it lol

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

Rayman rules. I wonder if there will be unlockable characters

shoeman12
shoeman12

this game will be sweet. i preordered it with my wii.

Nawras
Nawras

This sounds hilarious LMAO

Shad_Zero
Shad_Zero

this game loks winning very points for wii... wii rule again...:D

anik786
anik786

This looks CRAZYYYYYYYYYYYY!

jalmodov
jalmodov

The look on the faces of those "rabbids" really cracks me up. I bet this is going to be really funny.

marty352
marty352

I am proper lovin the looks of this game. U haters can think and say wot u want ur obviously playstation or xbox owners with no idea 4 originality. This is goin on my list amongst red steel, zelda, mario n metroid. Wii will rule! WHOS WIV ME!? LOL

komdosina
komdosina

"chinesehaohot Wii is going to be a Mini-game machine...with its gamecube graphic it has to make games that even 3 year kids can master otherwise it is pointless. " Games like Red Steel, Exite Truck, Legend of Zelda, Metroid Prime, Mario Galaxy, Day of Crisis, Sonic ect, make your dumb comments pointless get a life hater. "iscGuru101 The screen shots are from the 360 it looks like. -So here is a chance for the Wii-mote game play to sell itself. " Sorry to dissapoint you doubter, but those are Wii screens and the graphics are that good. This is a timed exclusive so all screenshots you are seeing until its release this November 19 are Wii screenshots.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

The screen shots are from the 360 it looks like. -So here is a chance for the Wii-mote game play to sell itself.

chinesehaohot
chinesehaohot

Wii is going to be a Mini-game machine...with its gamecube graphic it has to make games that even 3 year kids can master otherwise it is pointless.

Rockinplayer
Rockinplayer

Sounds cool and fun but I think it just "sounds", it will board the player with 2 weeks of playing... Anyway give it a try

Undugrownd
Undugrownd

I must get this game along with Wario Ware. MUST!

animaldude
animaldude

I might have to add this to my list of wii games to get!

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

This is an oddly interesting game. I can't seem to make up my mind about it though...

tysse23
tysse23

Looks crazy...i like that, I might buy it :D

DFTricks
DFTricks

The minigames look soo cool XP, On my list now!

joespimpin
joespimpin

I think this is going to be the warioware of launch. Looks like the studio has gone all out with making the game silly and entertaining while staying true to the rayman universe.

Gingtin
Gingtin

tossing cows aaay......all good

DarthMalak98
DarthMalak98

Should be good. Got it pre-ordered so I hope it is good. I have enjoyed all the previous Rayman games, so I know this one will be good :)

_Sam_
_Sam_

I've liked most of the precious Rayman games, so I hope this one is good too

wooooode
wooooode

I am sure it will bring lot of laughs to your home just like every Rayman before it has.

ax23000
ax23000

I think people should keep in mind that this is the first Rayman game since Rayman 2 that Michel Ancel has worked on. This is the guy who not only created Rayman, but also Beyond Good and Evil. His worst game was probably King Kong, and even that wasn't awful (and considering he didn't get to creat the concept there, which he seems to do best, we probably shouldn't be too suprised). This man was knighted in France right next to Shigeru Miyamoto himself. My point is this is not just a random spinoff. This game is the next Rayman game, from the mind of the man who created Rayman. Have faith people. Have faith.