Rabbids Land takes Ubisoft’s questionably popular Rabbids characters, and drops them into a Mario Party-style scenario, complete with board game setup, with some mini-games thrown in between rounds for good measure.
You start by painting your Rabbid one of the colors of the rainbow, and then you’re dropped onto a game board with three other Rabbids, competing for trophies (ten or twenty) before making your way back to the center of the board to win.
You obtain these trophies by winning mini-games (three apiece), answering questions (two per correct answer) or from various bonuses provided by landing on special spaces on the game board.
The standard board game gameplay is rather bland. Think Mario Party but without the fun. The mini-games can provide small doses of entertainment, and use the Wii U Gamepad in interesting ways, but the effects are short-lived, both because all mini-games are limited to two players (despite this being a four-player party game), and also because their are only a handful of mini-games to begin with. You can honestly play a single round of Rabbids Land and see most of the mini-games the title has to offer within minutes.
The character animations can be fun, with the Rabid’s cartoonish antics providing some comedy that will especially be appreciated by younger audiences. But character animations aside, the game doesn’t do much to show off the Wii U’s graphical capabilities.
Rabbids Land may provide a small sampling of fun for a round or two, but the sheer lack of variety in mini-games and the lack of depth in the rest of the package will all but ensure your visit to Rabbids Land will be short-lived.