Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini
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Rabbids Big Bang takes them wacky rabbids to outer space, drifting around planets in order to meet specific objectives. This physics-based gameplay has players launching a rabbid off of a planet, using the gravitational pull of a planet, and a jet pack to maneuver around in order to meet objectives.
It’s a funny scenario seeing one rabbid launching the other rabbid into oblivion by smacking him with a baseball bat, but the objectives are rather dull and repetitive, which makes for a less-than-exciting gaming session. I can only travel so many miles, collect so many coins and orbs, and perform so many laps around certain planets before I must stop. The game does offer a number of different galaxies, which change the situations around them by having planets with stronger gravitational pull and more planets to navigate around. That’s nice, at least.
What makes Rabbids Big Bang challenging is that players must complete the objectives as soon as possible in order to earn all three rabbid heads (stars), of which there are three per stage. So when players are forced to collect items, they must navigate the gravitational pull and use the jetpack wisely in order to successfully meet the objective in the required time. Collecting heads allows players to unlock more galaxies, so it does become challenging in some of the later stages.
Another part of the strategy for players to make note of is that the jetpack has limited gas, meaning they need to collect orbs or use in-game money to buy more gas if they run out. If done right, stages can be beaten without ever needing to purchase more gas but that can be a difficult task to accomplish.
As players progress and earn coins they’ll be able to upgrade their bat and jetpack. It doesn’t affect the gameplay in any way, but at least it's refreshing to get whacked with a plunger instead of a bat and surf around with a soda can instead of a jetpack. Players can also purchase items to dress up their rabbids, such as sunglasses and hats.
My biggest complaint with Rabbids Big Bang is that players can’t see too far ahead of them. If players are tasked with collecting coins or orbs, or to land on another planet, they need to pause the game to see where these items are located before taking off. Once in flight, they need to pause again in order to make sure they're lined up correctly. At least there is an arrow that points in the direction that the player needs to go. It works, but it’s not ideal.
Rabbids Big Bang does offer a lot of content for those who can look past all the familiar objectives that take place in each galaxy. It’s certainly not a bad game by any means, but it does nothing to really inspire the player. It's the wacky charm that will entertain players the most while blasting through each level.