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Ryan Sil. (Gamer & freelance PC/Android indie dev)
- Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Rayman Raving Rabbids may have been a silly party minigame collection on the Nintendo Wii, but on the road trip, it's a whole different story. This is a full-on action-platformer like Rayman's previous adventures! The Game Boy Advance version of Raving Rabbids was also a platformer, but believe it or not, the transition to DS was not a port of that. In fact, if you have played Rayman 2, you'll be happy to know that Rayman Raving Rabbids on DS is molded in the same exact game engine, complete with the menus, font, and Rayman's old character model!
With that said, Rayman is as fluid as he was in that title. However, the game's structure is radically different: This is entirely a 2.5D affair, which is probably a good thing since the D-Pad is not exactly suited to 3D games. Oddly, Rayman Raving Rabbids plays the platforming levels very straight; all you have to do is reach the end of the level (You don't even have to worry about gathering numbers of Lums), and the stage is done. Well, part of it, anyway. You also have to deal with a brief minigame and a touch-screen-orientated segment per level.
The levels are arguably kinda simplistic in comparison to the almighty Italian plumber's offerings, but they are still fun in their own right. The Rayman 2 control feels great, and you can even shoot Lums that you collect, as well as use Rayman's fists! Speaking of, the game does a good job at constantly giving you new abilities to use for future purposes. Rayman can fly with his hair, swim, swing across via Purple Lums, and wear goofy costumes for supernatural powers.
After completing a level, you play a minigame. These minigames, unlike the ones on Wii, are utter crap; almost literally as they look like they were made in Adobe Flash in under 20 minutes. Thankfully, they don't even last a minute, and afterwards come the better touch-screen segments. These look similar to the regular platforming levels, except Rayman runs automatically, and you must manipulate obstacles to keep the limbless one moving. As these pop up, they take more advantage of Rayman's costume powers, but they are still pretty easy.
Well, really, the whole game is rather low on difficulty, but nevertheless, Rayman's only DS original is worthy of picking up if you have some platforming itches you want to scratch.