Easter is this weekend! Before you start preparing, perhaps heading to church or getting Easter egg hunts or baskets ready for kids, take some time to get reacquainted with some of the better video games released starring rabbits.
Rabbits aren’t portrayed as protagonists (or villains) very often anymore, but back in the good old days of gaming they were often the stars. Players would join characters like Bugs Bunny, Jazz Jackrabbit, Usagi Yojimbo and others on wild adventures through castles, outer space, ancient Japan and more.
Gamertell’s put together a list of 10 rabbit games to help you celebrate Easter and remember the days of retro gaming. Happy Easter!
- Bucky O’Hare (NES, 1992):
An older game from Konami that was based on a cartoon and comic series of the same name. Bucky is a green, alien rabbit who has to save his crew/friends that have been kidnapped by the Toad Empire. It’s not the best platformer, but if you like Mega Man games you should be fine. Plus, you can play as Bucky’s crew once you’ve rescued them.
- Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (GB, 1990):
The Crazy Castle games had a number of “stars,” including Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit and Woody Woodpecker, but most of the games in the series released in North America starred Bugs Bunny. He’s in a huge castle, and you have to help him collect carrots from each level. However, other Looney Tune characters are also present in the level to try and keep him from getting the carrots, so you have to plot out routes to take to avoid them.
- Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout (NES, 1990): An action game where you are a mallet wielding Bugs Bunny trying to get to his 50th birthday party. However, the other Looney Tunes are mad because Bugs is always the star and is getting this huge party, so they appear as a bosses in each of the six levels to stop him. It’s a lot like Super Mario Brothers.
- Cave Story (Wii, 2010):
An action game that’s available in a freeware PC version or now as a downloadable WiiWare game. Technically, there are no rabbits in Cave Story, but the Mimigas are so rabbit-like that I think they qualify. You play as a robot named Quote in this Castlevania/Mega Man style game and try to help save and protect the Mimigas from an evil scientist.
- Jazz Jackrabbit (PC, 1994):
A platformer where you help a green, alien jackrabbit named Jazz Jackrabbit on a quest to rescue princess Eva Earlong from the tortoise leader Devan Shell. Jazz has to go to different planets to try and find out where Eva is being kept in this Super Mario Bros/Mega Man style platformer.
- Petz Bunnyz (DS, 2008):
Most credible pet stores and animal shelters won’t allow you to purchase or adopt pet rabbits around Easter, so instead pick up this DS pet simulation and raise a virtual bunny instead.
- Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo (1988, Commodore 64):
This is a video game based on the comic book series Usagi Yojimbo and is basically a side-scrolling action game. You help Miyamoto Usagi fight other animal warriors, and choose which paths he will take on his adventure. Usagi can gamble to earn money for food. He also has a karma gauge which is affected by his actions, and if you make him do bad things he’ll commit seppuki.
- Tiny Toon Adventures (NES, 1991):
I know not everyone loved this game, but it’s one of my favorite NES titles so here it is. This was the first Konami Tiny Toons game released. It’s a platformer starring Buster Bunny, where you set off to save Babs, who has been kidnapped by Montana Max. You also can choose a partner character (Plucky the Duck, Furball the cat, Dizzy the Tasmanian Devil) for Buster before each level and switch off to use their unique abilities to help you on your way.
- Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (PS2 and Xbox, 2005):
It’s probably not the best movie-to-game adaptation out there, but those who liked the movie should be pleased. You help Wallace and his dog Gromit hunt down and defeat the Were-Rabbit that is stealing from everyone’s gardens in this action game from Konami.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (NES, 1989): This is one of the better video games based on a movie. You play detective Eddie Valiant and are tasked with protecting Roger Rabbit and discovering, of course, who framed him. So in each level you have to talk to people and find items that will allow you to complete the level and clear Roger’s name. There’s some fighting, but it’s really more of an adventure game.
- Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii, 2006): This is the game that introduced the Rabbids to the world. Rayman and the Globox have been kidnapped by the Rabbids, and Rayman must earn his freedom and save the Globox by participating in the Rabbids in a selection of mini-games.
- Rabbids Go Home (DS and Wii, 2009): All the Rabbids want to do is go to the moon. Of course, they decide to do so in the most ridiculous way possible – by building a mountain of junk which they can climb to reach the moon! You go around with the rabbids in their shopping cart, helping them collect junk and large objects for their junk pile.
Editor’s Note: This story was update at 12:28pm CST on April 2, 2010 to include two Rabbids games.