|Dev: Ubisoft Casablanca|
|Release: April 10, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence|
If you insist on playing this game, and you don't mind the repetition, Travel in Time 3D does a good job of giving you ample replay value. Each level has currencies that you can collect to earn points towards bonus levels, costume unlockables, and 3D figurines. These small rewards can seem a little superfluous after playing and replaying the same old platforming level over and over. But if you really love easy platforming, and have to get 100%, it does at least double the initial playthrough time of 4-5 hours, which is decent for a handheld. The game also features some post-game challenge modes, so if you really want to go back through each stage and improve your time or earn more points, you can. Though I wouldn't recommend it, the ability to go back through and do things a little differently is a nice option.
In a game that has 3D in its title, you would expect the 3D visuals to be at least passable. However, I am sorry to report that the 3D effect is not put to very good use in Travel in Time 3D. Though hovering platforms do "pop" against the backdrop, the effect isn't very well realized in regular play. I found myself mostly playing with the 3D functionality turned off, as it didn't add much to the gameplay. Though there are a few "gimmick" shots that use the 3D effect interestingly, these shots are too few and far between to make this game a memorable 3D experience.
Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D isn't a bad game. However, it suffers from being almost criminally mediocre. There's no story to speak of, the humor that the series has been known for has all but evaporated, and the game's platforming format feels like a cheap knockoff rather than a fun experience. Though the platforming works, and there isn't anything really broken about the game, there's nothing here that stands out either. Sure, you could waste an afternoon playing through Travel in Time 3D, but you'd be much better off picking up a different 3DS title instead. Perhaps if there were more story, some humor, or platforming that felt fresher, this would have been a better game. But as it is, this is one that even Rabbids fans should avoid.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer