Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D Review
Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Ubisoft Casablanca
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: April 10, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

If you insist on playing this game, and you don't mind the repetition, Travel in Time 3D does a good job of giving you ample replay value. Each level has currencies that you can collect to earn points towards bonus levels, costume unlockables, and 3D figurines. These small rewards can seem a little superfluous after playing and replaying the same old platforming level over and over. But if you really love easy platforming, and have to get 100%, it does at least double the initial playthrough time of 4-5 hours, which is decent for a handheld. The game also features some post-game challenge modes, so if you really want to go back through each stage and improve your time or earn more points, you can. Though I wouldn't recommend it, the ability to go back through and do things a little differently is a nice option.

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D Screenshot

In a game that has 3D in its title, you would expect the 3D visuals to be at least passable. However, I am sorry to report that the 3D effect is not put to very good use in Travel in Time 3D. Though hovering platforms do "pop" against the backdrop, the effect isn't very well realized in regular play. I found myself mostly playing with the 3D functionality turned off, as it didn't add much to the gameplay. Though there are a few "gimmick" shots that use the 3D effect interestingly, these shots are too few and far between to make this game a memorable 3D experience.

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Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D isn't a bad game. However, it suffers from being almost criminally mediocre. There's no story to speak of, the humor that the series has been known for has all but evaporated, and the game's platforming format feels like a cheap knockoff rather than a fun experience. Though the platforming works, and there isn't anything really broken about the game, there's nothing here that stands out either. Sure, you could waste an afternoon playing through Travel in Time 3D, but you'd be much better off picking up a different 3DS title instead. Perhaps if there were more story, some humor, or platforming that felt fresher, this would have been a better game. But as it is, this is one that even Rabbids fans should avoid.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
Visuals don't vary much and generally stick to one template during each time period. 3D effects aren't implemented very well.
3.3
Control
Controls are easy to use and if you've ever played a platforming game, this will feel very familiar.
2.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is repetitive and sound effects are minimal.
3.0
Play Value
The game is a little bit too easy, and the level design certainly isn't very inspired. However, there are some collection quests and challenge modes if you want to go for 100% completion with this one.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The Rabbids are about to change the course of human history in their first platform-adventure game! Rabbids are bwaaack and this time they have an infallible plan to invade the human world: CONQUER HISTORY on the new Nintendo 3DS!
  • When the Rabbids stumble into a history museum and discover time travel through their Time Washing Machine, you can bet that human history is about to become a major mess. Get ready to explore and mess up history with the Rabbids in their first platform adventure game exclusively on 3DS!
  • Customize your Rabbid with close to forty wacky costumes, from Cowboy to Roman. Jump, kick enemies, and break blocks through colorful 3D jungles, deserts, and castles in over 60 levels. Play in 3D environments in the greatest moments of history.
  • Easy game to pick up and play for everyone! 2D/3D side-scrolling representation makes it easy to play for instant fun for kids and adults. Three unique game modes offer variety: story mode, time-attack, and challenge mode.

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