Rayman Raving Rabbids
France's biggest hero is imprisoned, and that's not even the funniest part
What if the hero didn't save the day? What if, instead, he was hoodwinked and mocked by his captors? If Rayman Raving Rabbids on the Wii is any indication, the resulting forecast would be partly innovative with a 95% chance of hilarity.
Rayman is a prisoner of the insane Rabbids - evil animals that are one part Bugs Bunny, and one part Sloth from The Goonies. He's made to compete in twisted, gladiator-style minigames that show the versatility of the Wii's controls and the sense of humor of Ubisoft's designers.
The minigames make Wario Ware seem dull by comparison: Pump the remote and nunchuk up and down to simulate milking a cow; yank worms out of a Rabbid's porous fangs; and trace what passes for food (cinder blocks, baseballs, etc.) to feed hungry bunnies. Each task takes around a minute to complete, and you can continually retry if you fail.
The percentage of crummy games is low, but a Labyrinth-style marble maze and a bathroom door-slamming marathon are among them. Thankfully, the ones you see most often - on-rails shooting with a plunger gun and rhythmic disco dancing - are among the best.