Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking Review
Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Ubisoft Montpellier
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: November 8, 2011
Players: 1-4
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.

Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking Screenshot

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.

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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.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
AR visuals are seamless and animation quality is top-notch.
4.0
Control
Kinect control works perfectly, as long as you stay in the recommended play area (which is smaller than the standard Kinect play area).
4.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Soundtrack and effects are minimal, which is perfect for a game intended for parties and large groups.
4.0
Play Value
There are plenty of games to explore, and the virtual pet mode gives players plenty of reason to return.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Rabbids Come to Life – Rabbids become real, emerge from the floor, and interact with players in unique experiences and augmented reality.
  • Rabbids Take Control – Swim, jump, dance, roll and slap freely, all in the hope to halt the Rabbids from invading. Square off with them in the craziest mini-games, in the most insane situations ever imagined!
  • Rabbids Redefine – The party game genre has been redefined with the ability to play with up to four players simultaneously; a first on the Kinect. Time to turn the living room upside down with friends and family with an abundance of customizable game types.
  • Join the Rabbids Community! – Capture and share online photos, accomplishments, and high scores with friends and family.

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