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Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party - Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party
Unfortunately, what I thought would be the game's biggest draw turns out to be a bit of a turn-off. The Balance Board gets a fair bit of use in game, putting in an appearance in the dance games and a couple of the racing-style games, with the best bits being a sort of outer-space skateboarding sequence and the chance to steer your beastie board by sitting down and shifting weight around on your bum. However, the implementation isn't always perfect, with the balance board controls working erratically or the device proving either too sensitive or not sensitive enough to do the job. Once the novelty factor of using the balance board wears off, it's tempting to switch back to using the regular remote/nunchuk combination. You'll have an easier time and higher scores.
Luckily, if the Balance Board is a damp squib the game is anything but as a social game. Up to eight players can compete using up to four controllers, and while some games have to be played solo, turn-by-turn, a fair number, including the dancing and the shooting, are ideal for simultaneous play. Rounds of mini-games are punctuated by little extra games to select who gets to pick the next 'channel' and with multiple players dancing or playing in a pretend bag, there's plenty of opportunity to point and laugh at your nearest and dearest. On top of this, the game does its best to encourage ruthless streaks. At specific moments in certain solo events a quick flick of a named, inactive remote kicks in some dastardly act of sabotage, throwing up clods of snow in the beastie-boarding, for example. It doesn't have to be the season of goodwill all holiday, does it?
In the end, this is one of those games where your mileage will vary. With a good, mixed-age crowd who like the madcap antics of those Rabbids, RRRTVP is a lot of fun. On your own or with a more cynical bunch it can fall flat, and if you're already tired of mini-game compilations, this one isn't quite so fantastic that it's going to change your mind. If you bought a Wii last Christmas, however, and you're looking for something new to do with it this holiday, then RRRTVP is a much safer bet than most of the competition that has flooded the shelves in the last two months.
Not the perfect or most inspired party game, but one with a lot of entertainment value, particularly with a mixed age, family crowd.