They're Baaaaack! The Rabbids are back! Take your friends and family
and hide, those mischievous Raving Rabbids have now invaded the XBox
360 Kinect with Ubisoft latest Rabbids title, RAVING RABBIDS: ALIVE
So, for the uninitiated or for those that haven't seen the whacky
game trailers on Impulse Gamer or YouTube, a rabbid is some kind of
naughty rabbit gone bad...Yup... it's a mad scientist's experiment.
And unfortunately for you, these vermin have invaded the real world
and your goal is simple, remove these pests from the streets using
any means possible!
Similar to the Wii version, Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking is a
collection of mini-games for the XBox 360 Kinect and just like all
titles that feature a collection of mini-games, some work and some
Using the controllerless technology of the Kinect with some
augmented reality, this game is not only weird but there is actually
something endearing about the entire premise. Given that, Raving
Rabbits: Alive & Kicking is quite a politically incorrect game at
times and although some of the humour is childish, crude and
sometimes embarrassingly bad, there are times that will you busting
out a laugh due to the strange cinema, concept or mini-game that you
As this is a Kinect game, the title requires the player to use their
body to navigate the game by moving their arms to perform some weird
mini-game like licking cake or punching and slapping these horrible
The Kinect device works relatively well with most of the games, even
though some of the concepts are a bit of a hit and miss but the
Kinect is still not 100% accurate. With that said, there is
sometimes a slight delay between your actions interacting with the
game but fortunately this does not hamper the gameplay too much. The
game can be played in single-player but it's definitely more
entertaining if you have a few friends over (up to four players).
favourite mini-game in this release was the air guitar which
basically amalgamates Guitar Hero with real-life air guitar and
creates this really embarrassing Kinect mini-game that was a hoot to
This game is so good because Kinect works so well with it as you
pretend to hold a guitar as you strum to make the music play. There
is even a version of Lemmings (for those older gamers) that requires
the gamer to navigate the Rabbids through dangerous obstacle course.
With almost 40 games, including a Rabbid remake of Pong which was
cool, not all the games are perfect and there are a few average
games that are reminiscent of the EyeToy from the PlayStation 2
which requires you to hit and smash things on the screen. But hey...
if you want to slap things, this game even has that included... poor
little cows. It should also be noted that the augmented reality
games are actually rather impressive and are almost on par with the
EyePet on PS3.
terms of replay value, the game does reward you with money which is
actually toilet paper that can be used to purchase additional items
for your Rabbids and their environments like hats and cows. Also,
achievements can be unlocked for just doing weird and politically
incorrect things which is a fun highlight because you can never
guess how the game will reward you. It's also amusing to see the
game take random photos of your efforts as your standing in some
weird positions or pulling a face that you never thought you do...
Graphics & Audio
Graphically, Rabbids on the Kinect looks like some strange
psychedelic dream from the 60's due to its larger than life colours
and environments. It's a cartoon gone bad on some illegal substance
that somehow brings their world into your living room thanks to the
augmented reality. It's actually quite impressive as generally
you're watching your living room filled with these critters.
Musically on the other hand, the game contains a whacky and over the
top soundtrack that suits this premise perfectly. Sound effects are
equally as clichéd but somehow it all comes together with the
gameplay and the graphics. Weird!
With around 40 mini-games included Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking,
the biggest highlight of this game is how well some of these games
work, especially with the Kinect controller which has copped some
flack over the last year. Even though this looks like a game
designed for kids, it can be played by all gamers, provided you like
standing on your feet. Gamers from all walks of live will have a
ball playing this, especially if you're having a party and unlike a
karaoke or dancing games for the 360, this definitely brings out the
naughty child inside everyone.