|System: Xbox 360|
|Dev: Ubisoft Montpellier|
|Release: November 8, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor|
In addition to all the insane minigame content, Raving Rabbids has a bonus virtual pet mode where you can interact with (and abuse) your own little Rabbid. As you play through the game, you can earn in-game currency, unlocking toys, costumes, and other interactive items you can use with your Rabbid. Sure, this mode isn't as deep as something like Kinectimals, but it is a nice add-on, and younger players will love playing with and interacting with a little Rabbid. This mode also supports two people, so if you want to take turns putting the Rabbid in wacky costumes or playing "kick the Rabbid," you can.
Technically speaking, Alive & Kicking is a sound title. Visuals are nicely detailed, and the AR effects definitely have that "magical" feel. Watching Rabbids pop up outside your window or cut through the floor is an experience that can't be found anywhere else, and Alive & Kicking pulls off its many AR tricks masterfully. Sound in the game is satisfactory, with enough inoffensive tunes and sound effects to show that some effort went into the game, but not enough to be overbearing. Alive & Kicking is intended to be a party game, and a pumped-up soundtrack would probably just get in the way of what will probably be some interesting conversations.
It's easy to dismiss Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking as just another Kinect minigame compilation. However, even though Kinect owners may be tired of the minigame grind, Alive & Kicking feels fresh enough to warrant your attention. It may not be incredibly deep or meaningful, but it's incredibly fun, and its plethora of AR content is a new take on Kinect-based minigames. This fact helps separate it from the glut of content that is already out there for the Kinect and even the Wii. If you get one Kinect game this holiday season, it should probably be Dance Central 2. But if you are shopping for another Kinect game that is fun at parties with adults or for small children, I would strongly consider Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer