There’s some reasonably and familiar music, and if the versions aren’t original, they’re at least performed with a certain Raving Rabbid energy. A couple of the racing games are mediocre, but a downhill slalom on an upturned yak – beastie boarding, as the rabbids call it – is an entertaining skit on the SSX-style stunt racer. The game even has the sense to vary the pace a little, with less action-oriented games like Pimp My Rabbid, where you choose a costume to fulfil a set of odd requirements, offering a change from the frantic norm.
Ubisoft has also sorted out one of my biggest complaints about the first Raving Rabbids game by providing clear, step-by-step instructions on what you’re meant to be doing with the Wii remote and nunchuck. A few of the mini-games still suffer from over-complicated or over/under-sensitive controls, but in most cases they’re easy to pick up and play and the difficulty level is just about right for the average, not particularly athletic Wii owner. Ageing relatives might have to remove a jumper after the dancing competition, but they’re probably not going to have a coronary halfway through it. You couldn’t say the same about some of the athletic events in the original RRR, which had your relatively fit correspondent collapsing on the sofa.
And the series style and sense of humour remains a major selling point. Sure, those crazy rabbids aren’t quite as hilarious or anarchic as Ubisoft seems to think, but the game does a nice line in TV satire and slightly violent slapstick humour. I love the way the shooting gallery games are now cult movies being invaded by dozy rabbids in inappropriate costumes, giving the game license to dish out winking homages to zombie movies, fifties sci-fi and gangster epics. Meanwhile, who can resist a game that pulls Wii Fit and Chuck Norris together in one, exceptionally silly mini-game gag. Played on your tod it’s unlikely that you’ll find the Rabbids’ antics side-splitting, but they’re certainly a lot more amusing than the usual anodyne nonsense you’ll find in most cute mini-game collections.