Review: Radical Rabbit Stew
Based off the frankly 100% off the wall bonkers pre-release trailer for the game I had expected Radical Rabbit Stew to be an action game, but it’s really more of an action-puzzle combination that runs the gamut from simple ‘smash and bash’ action all the way to ‘now if I hit THIS then it’ll go THERE and THAT will…’ puzzling out the scene before you make your first move.
Here’s the premise – and get ready because it’s a doozy. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a diner, home to the famous Space Chefs. One day the Rabbit Queen, tired of her tasteless vegetables and jealous of the much-vaunted fame and skill of the Space Chefs, had them kidnapped by her rabbit minions and now you – as the cleaning boy that somehow avoided capture – must free them.
I TOLD YOU IT WAS CRAZY.
So, you hop to it – sorry, that’s the only rabbit joke I’ll allow here – and head out in search of your coworkers, taking on stage after stage of increasingly complicated action. The game does a great job of teaching you to walk before expecting you to run, introducing concepts at a sensible pace – or at least as sensible as a game where you whack rabbits into cooking pots can get.
At first, you’ll simply have to line up the rabbits and give them a smack and they’ll sail away from you in a straight line and into the pot that’s conveniently sitting there. Then it gets harder, you’ll have to hit them into a bounce pad that fires them at a right angle and into the pot. Soon you’re double and triple bouncing them, using upgraded cooking spoons, a grappling hook/hand, avoiding (or deflecting) bombs and employing different attacks to achieve different ends.
Eventually, you need to worry about luring them with carrots, feeding them to make them fat and lazy, and then there are the boss battles…
I know, right? Boss battles in a puzzle game? Don’t worry, they’re super weird too! A personal favourite is where you battle a Pug in a bunny outfit, smashing his toy trains as he tries to run you over with them.
The best part?
His name is Pugs Bunny.
What I Loved:
- This story is top-tier 16-bit era stuff
- Great boss battles
- Tons of skill/equipment advancement
- Throwback graphics hit the spot
- Pugs Bunny
What I Liked:
- Versus mode for up to 4 players in same-screen play
- Create mode to expand the game on your own
What I Disliked:
- Challenge level ramped up too quickly for the kids
What I Hated:
The Final Word:
Radical Rabbit Stew is the finest action-puzzler I’ve ever played, but it’s also the only one so that’s maybe less impressive than I wanted it to sound… Great for short pick up and play sessions, but entirely capable of keeping your attention for hours if you want.