Some games, though, either look beyond motion controls, or employ the use of the balance board to make them more exciting. In the former camp is a fashion-designer game in which you dress up your rabbid in articles of clothing according to hilariously arbitrary criteria such as "cool and hairy, but not funny," and then submit your design to judges. In the latter category are the dancing games that have you matching hand gestures and foot taps to licensed songs such as "ABC" and "Jungle Boogie." The balance board is less interesting in the racing games, during which you're steering with your feet (or even butt, in many cases), but for the most part it's a welcome addition that adds at least a little bit more excitement to simple minigames.
TV Party's multiplayer bears a very strong resemblance to the solo campaign, but a bit more streamlining would have made it feel like more of a party. Up to eight players (taking turns in two groups on four remotes and Nunchuks) can take part in the same games offered to solo players. Some games give the chance to play four at a time, but a disappointingly large number restrict access to a single player at once. You can decide from the outset on the scoring system and the number of days' worth of programming to play through, and the winner of each game then decides which show the players will take part in next. Unfortunately, it's a system that presents way too much downtime between games in the form of loading, menu-navigating, and other time sinks to really let the frantic nature of the gameplay shine through.
Visually, TV Party is an example of how character and outright absurdity can make up for what are only so-so graphics. There's generally enough insanity onscreen to make you look beyond the bland models and textures, while the similarly avant-garde animated cutscenes that play out before and after each game certainly don't hurt. Sound is also a plus, as the rabbid screaming goes well alongside the TV jingles to make for a fun and borderline insane experience.
Controlling vehicles with your butt while using the balance board has a strange charm to it.
Altogether, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party isn't without its charms. It's an often laugh-out-loud game that's overflowing with a quirky sense of humor. It's just unfortunate that the controls haven't aged as well as the gags in this third installment of the Raving Rabbids series in as many years. Quite simply, the rudimentary and tired motion controls have lost almost all of their luster, and consequently most challenges feel like an all-too-familiar chore rather than an exercise in chaotic excitement.