It’s Easter! There may be a lot of other stuff going on in the world right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to celebrate the start of spring. The days are getting lighter, the weather is getting warmer, and our gardens are full baby birds and budding flowers.
In past years I’ve shared some egg-cellent characters and feathery protagonists, so what do we have lined up this time around? This post has been written in honour of the awesome Luke from Hundstrasse after he sent me a bizarre game for my PlayStation 2 last month which features an indestructible rabbit. So from creatures who want to become famous stars to others who just want to save the world, let’s take a look at some of the best bunnies in video games.
1992: Tiny Toon Adventures: Bab’s Big Break
This is probably one of the only platformers I’ve ever completed, and I did so numerous times on my Game Boy as a kid back in the early nineties. The player takes control of Buster Bunny and friends as they attempt to prevent Montana Max from thwarting Bab Bunny’s dreams of becoming a big star. The thing I remember most about the title was its mini-games and spending hours gambling gems on ‘Montana Mash’ – which probably wasn’t the most suitable pastime for a ten-year old.
1993: Sam & Max Hit the Road
Although he retains a few characteristics consistent with a bunny such as white fur and big ears, Max’s disposition is somewhat different. This ‘hyperkinetic, three-foot rabbity thing’ is unhinged and uninhibited, preferring to use violence to solve problems rather than more peaceful methods. But that’s why we love him! He shows a huge amount of enthusiasm for new experiences, isn’t afraid to jump in at the deep end and always has an energy level like a toddler on a bag of Smarties.
1994: Jazz Jackrabbit
A platformer with plenty of jumping and a story based on the tale of The Tortoise and the Hare could possibly be the best game out there for a bunny. In this title, an evil mastermind called Devan Shell starts conquering planets and kidnaps Carrotus princess Eva Earlong; so hero Jazz Jackrabbit searches for clues about her imprisonment and eventually saves his planet from the army of Turtle Terrorists. I’m not sure I can take any more bad puns so I’m going to leave this entry on the list there.
I hadn’t heard of this before Luke sent it to me but I can’t wait to try it. Let’s see if you’re as bemused by the plot overview as I was: weasel Spanx is chained to an indestructible rabbit called Remond and they must find a way to escape from an evil testing laboratory. The RSPCA, the Research Defense Society and the Police Federation of England & Wales were apparently shocked by the depictions of cruelty in animal product testing – despite the whole premise of the title as being against it.
2006: Rayman Raving Rabbids
I bet these creatures were the first you thought of when I said this was going to be a post about rabbits in video games! These wild animals like to cause a whole bunch of mayhem, speak gibberish and yell ‘BWAH!’ whenever they experience an adrenaline rush. They were originally cast as the series’ antagonists but, due to their level of popularity, they eventually became the protagonists in Rabbids Go Home three years later and feature in a whole bunch of other media. Babs Bunny would be jealous.
2014: Five Nights at Freddy’s
Now this is one rabbit you really don’t want to meet. His creator has confirmed that the character ‘does not abide by the rules of time, space or physics, even going so far as to say: ‘The original Bonnie gave me nightmares. That was the only one out of the whole series.’ He might initially come across as a purple bunny who wants to be a rock-star, but between the hours of midnight and 06:00 when he’s on free-roaming mode, Bonnie would love nothing better than to forcefully stuff you into a bear suit.
Don’t be hopping mad if your favourite rabbit character didn’t make it on to today’s list. Find yourself some-bunny to play video games with and have a great Easter Monday.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.