Rayman Raving Rabbids
|Rayman: Raving Rabbids|
|Gameplay mode||Single player/Multi-player|
|Platforms||Nintendo Wii, PC, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance|
Rayman: Raving Rabbids is the first video game of a spin-off series based on the Rayman series. It was released for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 2, PC, and the Game Boy Advance in 2006, followed by ports for the Nintendo DS and the Microsoft Xbox 360 in 2007.
Rayman and the Baby Globoxes are having a picnic in a forest when three Rabbids erupt from the ground, capturing the Baby Globoxes. Rayman tries to offer them food, but then Serguei comes and grabs Rayman. The Rabbids take Rayman and the Baby Globoxes to their coliseum and keep them in jail cells.
In order to escape, Rayman must collect plungers to build a ladder up to the window so he can jump out. He does this by taking part in trials to entertain the Rabbids. After trials, Rayman is rewarded with a plunger and is taken back to his jail cell to get some rest for the next day's lot of trials. As he goes on, Rayman's cell is decorated to look nicer and he wins more costumes and songs. After every day, he goes to the ladder of plungers, looking at the window hoping to escape, but a bird always comes and poops on him. After fifteen days, Rayman finally collects enough plungers and escapes, getting his revenge on the annoying bird on the way. Back at the forest, Rayman sees sheep eating the remains of the picnic and remembers he forgot the Baby Globoxes. He tries to go back through a hole in which they were captured through but ends up stuck.
Rayman and the Rabbids are the main stars of this game. Also included are the Baby Globoxes, the only returning characters, the Rabbids henchmen, strange creatures that look like a cross between rhinos and elephants and some animals, who only serve as fillers.
Rayman: Rayman was taken by surprise by this invasion from within. What do the Rabbids intend to do? It's hard to say. But now they're everywhere and their atypical psyches make them formidable and unpredictable opponents.
A Few Rabbids...
Pink: Pink is mute and timid. Yet, with just a little patience you can easily learn the basics of his method of communication and understand what he says. For example, "Hey mate!! What's up?" is translated, in his language, by firing a heat-seaking missile. (It is true that, long term, you could say that all he really knows how to say is "Hey mate!! What's up?").
Serguei: Serguei is a softy. Out of pure coquetry, he wears a delightful, finely worked metal muzzle. His joie de vivre and his strong sense of repartee make him a very pleasant companion. He's always ready to keep things light and lively with little tricks, such as grinding phalanxes, switching your clavicles, or even playing "this little piggy" with your toes.
Professor Barranco: Professor Barranco is a scientist. He is currently writing a very complex thesis on thermodynamics and the resistance of certain materials. For the moment, he is accumulating certain certain experimental data, firstly, on their resistance of cranial bones to the impact of a bludgeon, and secondly, the resistance to high temperatures generated by the explosion of booby-trapped gifts.
The frog-rabbids: The frog-Rabbids are part of the elite commando team. They are formidable combatants. They are systematically sent out on the most dangerous missions, such as assaults on carrot juice bars, infiltrating a popular chorus or even maintaining the peace in front of the toilets.
Clark: Clark is not a Rabbid like the others. His Super-powers enable him to accomplish feats that gain him respect and admiration from everyone. He is the inventor and the undisputed champion of a new kind of biathlon (the consecutive combo: Descending Flight + Vertical Subterranean Race). His personal record: 2300 DF + 47cm VSR
Rayman Raving Rabbids was first announced at E3 2006. It was shown to be a completely different game: an action-platformer which would be Rayman 4, and it would include the minigames as bonuses. Michel Ancel was originally in charge of this game, but after he'd done the important parts, he let the rest of team carry on so he could start on some other projects. While he was gone, the team, for some reason, decided to ditch the whole platformer part and just include the minigames.
The official description is this: Beware of the Rabbids! In Rayman’s world, there once lived sweet little cute rabbits that were constantly victimized by more ferocious animals. One day, they disappeared from the Earth’s surface, secretly planning their massive invasion. Armed with enormous war machines, they have now returned to enslave Rayman’s world and get their final revenge!
Combat the Ultra-Crazed Evil Rabbits - Take control of Rayman and his knack for attack to help save his world from the Raving Rabbids. They are mischievous, insane and completely out of control. There are several types of Rabbids each with its own mischievous characteristics.
Master and Ride Creatures - Tame and control various creatures such as sharks, eagles, rhinos, spiders and angelfish. Rayman can master each animal's unique capabilities to help in his battle against the devious rabbits.
Dress to Impress - Customize and disguise Rayman. Go punk, pop, rock or hip hop to infiltrate the bunnies and foil their devious plans.
Explore the Colorful Fantastic World of Rayman - Explore amazing free-roaming environments and beautiful epic landscapes that mix real and fantastical styles to create a visually stunning experience.
These poor little creatures have become deceitful, uncontrollable and completely psychotic. Our hero and his friends have been kidnapped by these diabolical rodents and have become their slaves. Like a gladiator, Rayman must endure a series of trials for their amusement. But will he manage to gain enough popularity to save his world and his friends from this veritable Invasion of the Rabbids?
Not much is known about Rayman 4, but there are some things that were hinted or confirmed:
- Lums would be back
- Globox, Ly, Murfy, and the Teensies would return
- Andre would return and make an alliance with Rayman
- Rayman had to save his girlfriend, his old enemy and his old enemy's girlfriend, Razorbeard.
- Ly would be Rayman's girlfriend
- From the screenshots, you can tell that all the worlds would have been dark
- There was going to be ten worlds
- The Rabbids had been planning the invasion since the events of Rayman 1
There had been brief gameplay clips of the original Rayman 4 prior to the change shown, and it could be seen that costumes would've been used similarly to the powers seen in Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc. Some of the concepts seen were applied to Rayman Raving Rabbids as well. For example, in one minigame in Rayman Raving Rabbids, Rayman must throw a cow attached to a chain a certain distance by spinning in place in a circular motion. The Rock Costume in the original Rayman 4 was seen to also have Rayman swinging a chain in a circular motion as in the minigame, though using it as an attack instead.
Some fans hope that Ubisoft will one day release this version but with different enemies instead of the Rabbids. The Rabbids have gained a somewhat negative look with veterans of the series due to the focus on the sub-series without another Rayman action title in the near future.