Review: Radical Rabbit Stew (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4K HDR

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Radical Rabbit Stew
Format: PSN (447.9 MB)
Release Date: July 16, 2020
Publisher: Sold Out
Developer: Pugstorm
Original MSRP: $15.99 (USD)
ESRB Rating: E
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
There are those games that you play simply with purpose of experiencing their sheer madness. Radical Rabbit Stew is one of those games.

I mean, look at the title of the game.

It’s called Radical Rabbit Stew. Oh, sure. It’s not the first “food-based” game that dares to mix the world of cooking with electronic, interactive media. But these rabbits are radical.

They are cute as hell, but they are the bad guys, sent by an evil queen who didn’t get her way at a local “space” café. As the only survivor of her onslaught, it’s up to you to whack and pitch her minions into a boiling pot of stew. Her minions are adorable white bunnies. But they’re radical. And they want your hide.

Don’t pity them. They deserve this end.

It’s clear that Radical Rabbit Stew is meant to be played with friends, but that doesn’t mean the single player experience is shallow, though it certainly starts that way. I learned quickly that the game was simply teaching me the basics, as I launched bunnies into the pot in the center of the screen with little challenge.

It’s not always a direct hit that sends them to their death, and thus the puzzle aspect of the game begins. Using bouncing mechanisms, you can bank bunnies against walls, and time hits to send them spinning into the pot. The further you progress, the more challenging the process becomes, and soon you find yourself not only trying to murder bunnies, but avoiding death yourself.

It’s here where I found the most enjoyment in the game. Things get pretty hectic and you have to plan how you’re doing to whack the bunnies, and when and where. If you’re into the Bomberman series, you’ll appreciate the gameplay here.

Just when I thought things were getting repetitive a new stage would introduce updated challenges.

This is a a game that can be enjoyed in short spurts and truly serves that purpose.

Visuals:
Retro-infused style fills Radical Rabbit Stew with life. But, it hearkens back to 8-bit over the current obsession with 16-bit. It’s as colorful as can be expected from a purposefully limited pallet. Explosive pixelated particles and mayhem bring it into the current century.

Audio:
The electronic music is a little outside of its retro style, but it’s perfect while accompanying this frantic gameplay.

Online/Multiplayer:
Due to our current pandemic, I could only play multiplayer with my wife, and we had a blast. It’s clear this game’s core fun lies in multiplayer. Sure, we were working together to kill bunnies, but there is a friendly competition going on to determine who eradicated the highest number of cute, adorable, fluffy Oryctolagus cuniculus.

You can set your own rules of honor, because you can bump each other into the pot, so it’s your call whether or not you want to remain on your own side of the map, or be a radical jerk (like the bunnies) and visit your friend’s side to steal some kills. But once that line is crossed, a friendly co-op game can turn into a war on three fronts.

Conclusion:
There’s a lot of fun to be had with this little game, but my highest enjoyment came from same-couch multiplayer. Thus, if you are self-quarantined, Radical Rabbit Stew might not resonate as much in terms of longevity in enjoyment. But if you are trying to entertain some kids, or are simply sharing an apartment with a friend or relative, you might lose track of time playing this one.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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