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Rabid Rascals is all about race car driving bunnies who are equipped with dangerous slingshots. Created by indie developer Ender’s Fund Inc., this addicting game is fun to pick-up-and-play.
Players are taken through a quick tutorial to help them get started. Gamers play as the soapbox derby mechanic who must join in the race to take the place of the hometown’s hero to help defeat the rivalry racers. The beginning of the game really shows off the zany art style. The rabbits are fun, cute and just a little bit insane.
Gamers not only have a soapbox car, but they are also armed with a slingshot. The game puts players against real-time opponents. As players cruise down the street with an opponent, it’s vital to use the trusty slingshot to fire rocks to take them out of the game. The opposing player can also fire shots back so gamers better be fast on their feet. Instead of trying to win a race, the goal is to take out the opponent.
Along with pulling back the slingshot, it’s necessary to aim. This is achieved by tilting the iPhone left or right. It’s hard to get used to at first, but practice helps a lot.
Battles are fast, fun and a little harsh. Bunny body parts and stuffing sometimes fly across the screen. Points are earned for hitting the enemy, and special ones are awarded for things like eye pokes and head shots. Scores are used to compete in Game Center where there are two leaderboards: High Score and Win Streak. Rabid Rascals also features over 20 different achievements.
The game ends when one player ends up falling off their car. If losing starts to become an issue, gamers may wish to upgrade their weapons, purchase armor and carts and buy specialized ammo to help start a long winning streak.
Playing against real-time opponents is a lot of fun, and waiting for someone to join a game doesn’t seem to take long at all. Gamers who are willing to sink hours into it can avoid the in-app purchases, but those who are impatient may find themselves yearning to buy cash or spins on the wheel to earn upgrades. The only other disappointment that may take away from the gameplay is that it felt like the slingshot disappeared at times. I’m not sure if it’s because I pulled it down too far and too quick, but sometimes it just wasn’t registering correctly.
The best aspect about Rabid Rascals is that it’s completely free to try. It’s the perfect game to whip out for short bursts of fun, which is why it’s easily recommendable for players of all ages and types. Who can say no to a game that features maniacal racing bunnies?