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POSTED 9/7/13


KUNG FU RABBIT

Neko Entertainment
Vita/PSN (also on Wii U/eStore)

It’s a little bit bunny, this feeling inside...

Yes, it’s rabbit season once more as a particularly Miyagiriffic one is faced with a mass temple exodus, as universal evil has reared its fetid head and kidnapped all of his kiddie disciples. So much for a quiet night in on the carrot juice.

This universal evil – which would sound even more nefarious if hyphenated, so we’ll do that from now on. Ahem. This universal e-vil manifests itself for the most part in blackness, a real blight on the otherwise gloriously pasteltastic, dojo-riddled world of Kung Fu Rabbit. Pits of black goop, and grimly shadowy adversaries are the go. Bleah!

Essentially, this is classic ’80s microcomputer platforming given a modern graphics overhaul. Kinda like Super Meat Boy, but nowhere near as annoying. 80 levels bound over four increasingly peril-infested levels, in which you – no snivelling, pusillanimous wimp-bunny - run and jump to save your widdle bunnywunnykinses from that aforementioned e-vil. Joystick and X button – bliss! Of course, you could use touch controls, but that’d be dumb as they’re pooey.

The collection of the species D.cartoa of the genus Daucus of the family Apiaceae of the order Apiales of the kingdom Plantae of the court of King Caractacus – or carrots - is beneficial power-wise. They can be exchanged for goods and services equating to permanent abilities and transient ones, and can be helpful. They also stay delightfully crunchy in milk.

With all of its dedicated throwbacky worship, KFR (MMMmmm... hot & spicy rabbit!) can frustrate. Very much so. Many levels follow the sortie/die/remember/restart/sortie-again/progress-more/die-again/remember-that-too formula. But it skilfully skates that just-one-more-go versus Vita-chucked-at-very-hard-surface line, and levels are bite-sized, perfect for tackling in brief moments of gameiftitude between outbreaks of supposedly important stuff like, ooh, breathing.

I hope you don’t mind if I put down in words, how funderful life is, with kung fu in our world.

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