REVIEW: Rabbids Land for WiiU
Rabbids Land might not be "The Perfect Party Game", it is, however, a great game to play with your kids or your younger siblings.
Rabbids decide to take over our beloved amusement park and they plan to make the most of their day out by invading all the attractions! They don’t intend to queue like everyone else or stay seated during the whole journey! As Rabbids will always be Rabbids, you’ll see them misusing the rides, going bwaaah at a souvenir shop before stopping in an overpriced themed restaurant.
So whether it’s a sunny or rainy day, just grab your WiiU tablet and roll the dice to join them!
In a nutshell, this is a four player digital board game. The goal is to go around the board collecting trophies by answering quizzes or by winning mini-games. The first player with a set amount of trophies to make it to the center of the board wins. Of course, there are items and events that can either help or hinder you in your race to the finish. Completing board game rounds will unlock the mini-games in Free Play. Completing the games in Free Play as well as Board Game trophy races will unlock extra content like Rabbids mini videos which are all sorts of silly hilariousness.
The mini games are a two player event; you can either play with a friend or against the computer. When playing with a friend, one will use the Gamepad alone, the other, the Wiimote, nunchuck and television. The mini-games system does mean a lot of downtime and spectating. The Board Game takes up to four players which means that there will be two players going head to head in a mini-game while the other two watch and wait their turn. The upside to this system is that you do not need four Wiimotes to play this game: just the Gamepad, a Wiimote plus and a nunchuck.
There is a good variety of mini-games. I found them simple yet challenging, a bit like a cup-and-ball. Since they are all quite different, your triumphs and defeats will greatly depend on your skills. I found myself succeeding with great ease at a certain mini-game, only to know a crushing defeat at the following one.
One could make the argument that there is no need to purchase an extra party game since the system already came with Nintendo Land. That's fine. I personally like the humoristic style of Rabbids Land better and find myself reaching for it instead of Nintendo Land when settling down for a casual gaming session with friends.
I know a lot of people gravitate towards the Wii and the WiiU because it is a very family friendly console. So if you're looking for a game that you can play with the little tikes that will also tickle your inner child and make you giggle, I suggest you look into Rabbids Land. You won't even need four Wiimotes to get a family gaming session going.
Rabbids Land is available for WiiU. Previous Rabbids title available for different plateforms. Visit ubisoft.com for more details.