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Rabbids 3D review

The barmy bunnies return in their first proper side-scroller

Rabbids 3D review: Rabbids are going back in time again for their first 3DS game. The aim is simple in this side scrolling platformer - get your Rabbid to the end of each level, avoiding obstacles and defeating other Rabbids.

There's a fairly basic selection of moves: you can jump, sprint, attack, lift objects, and ground-pound enemies and blocks by pressing down while in mid-air.

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3D is used more subtly than in many 3DS launch titles. Paying attention to what's ahead is of vital importance, meaning it's actually a good thing all fancy visual stuff goes on in the background. The backdrops look great, and the odd clever set-pieces - a scarab beetle seemingly walking along the top of the screen, a dinosaur racing along beside you - occur enough to keep things interesting.

Each world has lots of levels, but things get a bit repetitive by the time you reach the 16th prehistoric level and realise you've only seen two environments. So it's a good job the gameplay is solid and platforming has the right 'feel' - you won't much mind the repetitive backgrounds, as you'll be too busy running and jumping to care.

Rabbids titles tend to feature loads of unlockables, and this is no different. Most entertaining by far are the various costumes. Character models are also fairly detailed, making your dolled-up Rabbid all the more amusing. Other unlockables come in the form of figures and artwork.

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This is where things get annoying, as there's no way to track your progress. You can play each level twice more after beating it - as a challenge mode (collect every item, smash every block, defeat every enemy and take no damage) and as a time trial.

The game doesn't bother to mark tasks as complete, so you can't tell if you've done them. Nor can you see which unlockables you've got.

This is a great shout if you're after a pleasant, simple platformer, and for something trickier, the extra challenges will satisfy. Just don't expect the game to thank you for it.

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  1. ledreppe Thursday 31st Mar 2011 at 09:38

    Just got my copy in the post, literally 5 mintes ago. Will play tonight! It looked good in the gameplay video I saw, and the review on ONM had some positive things to say about it despite its failings.

  2. neko paul Thursday 31st Mar 2011 at 09:39

    3D in rabbids 3D = pointless

  3. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 31st Mar 2011 at 13:40

    My neighbour has had this since last week,he said it's pretty good and worth a buy if you can get it cheap.
    I might get it,it seems fun but it looks a bit poor for a 3DS game ,more DS I say.
    The 3D in doesn't look like it'll be worth turning the slider up.
    Mind you I got a voucher from Game last week to get it for Ł24.99,So I might get.

  4. Cyberguy Thursday 31st Mar 2011 at 15:25

    Didn't think it'd be too good.

  5. Hx3 K inG Thursday 31st Mar 2011 at 20:10

    does it have streetpass connectivity at all? since i can get it for Ł25 im a little tempted...

  6. MrChewtoy Friday 1st Apr 2011 at 16:50

    Now, I know I haven't played it and so can't make a comparison, but is this really 10% better than Rayman 3D? Really?

  7. Shmilly Friday 1st Apr 2011 at 18:21

    Now, I know I haven't played it and so can't make a comparison, but is this really 10% better than Rayman 3D? Really?

    I haven't played it either, and it doesn't look really amazing, but... is it a remake of a remake? No. Purely on the fact that it's a new game it scores higher.

  8. JSupremoJ Friday 1st Apr 2011 at 20:49

    This looks like a return to form for the Rabbids, whom I have been fond of since the excellent (and criminally under-rated) Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 on Wii. But is it better than Rayman's platformer? I haven't played either game as of yet but it looks like Rayman could exact revenge on those limelight-stealing Rabbids, because his game is looking awesome.

  9. zapper01 Sunday 3rd Apr 2011 at 08:44

    Sounds better than I expected. I expected it t be a load of rubbish. Still won't be getting it, though.

  10. super yoshifan Tuesday 12th Apr 2011 at 10:41

    I haven't played it either, and it doesn't look really amazing, but... is it a remake of a remake? No. Purely on the fact that it's a new game it scores higher.

    So, by your logic, Wheelspin will automatically be better than OoT 3D?

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