|Dev: Ubisoft Casablanca|
|Release: April 10, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Raving Rabbids is one of those franchises that seems to have overstayed its welcome. Though it started life as a charming little one-off, the series has deteriorated into a paint-by-numbers, fill-in-the-blanks, template-fueled cash grab. That may sound harsh, but it's hard not to be disillusioned with a series that started so strong and went downhill so fast. Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D isn't the most horrible Rabbids game to ever come out. However, it is extremely derivative, covers absolutely no ground, and will feel way too familiar for most gamers to really enjoy. The game doesn't have much of a story. An opening cutscene shows Rabbids climbing into a washing machine and being transported to a prehistoric era. No real explanation is given, and there aren't any clever jokes or gags to accompany the action. In a series that is so well known for being over-the-top and goofy, it's extremely disheartening that the humor has all but evaporated from this title.
However, though I was disappointed with the lack of humor or storyline, the gameplay in Travel in Time is at least functional. The game takes the form of very simplistic platforming that works like a watered-down mash-up between Donkey Kong Country and Sonic the Hedgehog. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it sure is derivative. If you want something fresh and new, Travel in Time 3D won't be your cup of tea.
Unfortunately, the same is also true of the game's progression. Though you go through several different periods in time, each level feels like a carbon copy of the last, just with different color schemes and block designs. The levels feature the same moving platforms, the same trampolines, and even the same puzzle format. It may be an oft-repeated phrase, but this is one case where if you've played one, you really have played them all. Though running and jumping is fun for a little while, by the second hour of the game you'll be ready to put it down and never touch it again.
The only real redeeming factor between the levels is that you can change your Rabbid's costume from level to level. Unfortunately, it's really telling that this is the game's most interesting feature. Unlocking new clothes and mixing up the different historical time periods on the canvas that is your Rabbid's body is surprisingly fun, and probably the most rewarding part of the game.