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Xbox Live Arcade Review: Boogie Bunnies

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Boogie Bunnies is stupid. Here we have a game where multi-colored pastel rabbit looking things stupidly march forward to their deaths unless matched up in threes. Oh, and their goal is to reach Hollywood to show the big execs they dance.

Riiight.

That said, for a stupid game, it’s stupidly addictive. Taking the best parts of Columns and something like Astropop, the gimmick here is that players can not only shoot one of those rabbit thingies from the bottom of the screen, but from the sides as well. This creates a more open, varied puzzle title and as odd as it sounds, there’s really nothing else like it.

Working the sides of the board opens up another section to shoot the bunnies onto, and better yet, they never move once placed like others. If a string of the same colored bunnies works their way down and create a section of three next to the one on the side, they disappear from the playfield. It’s advantageous to toss junk bunnies at random to create an unexpected match, which could act as a lifesaver late in the game.

Boogie Bunnies other advantage is co-op. Two players can work the playfield together, tossing rabbits at the oncoming horde. It takes an extra level of communication and teamwork for this to come together in sync. Players cannot pass or cross paths with each other, and bumping into one another stops the bunnies cold. It’s another unique dynamic from this stupid little game you can’t stop playing.

Boogie Bunnies runs into a few problems on its quest for domination of your time. Matching up a specific colored bunny causes the full roster of rabbits to burst into dance. Even when played in full 1080p (which makes this the only Live Arcade game to date to fully support the resolution), it’s almost impossible to see where you’re about to place a bunny as they continue to dance their hearts out for double points. Later stages dress the brain dead rabbits up in costumes, making it hard to distinguish certain colors.

No one is going to mistake this for a $10 title. The modes of play are basic, and the mechanics are as generic as they could without someone being sued. However, there’s something oddly appealing about the “match three” genre. Boogies Bunnies has that going for it, stupid or not. For puzzle fanatics, this is stupidly worth it.

Boogie Bunnies is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB and has no Content Descriptors because it’s stupid. This game can also be found on: PC.


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Matt Paprocki has critiqued home media and video games for 13 years and is the reviews editor for Pulp365.com. His current passion project is the technically minded DoBlu.com. You can read Matt's body of work via his personal WordPress blog, and follow him on Twitter @Matt_Paprocki.