If you think rabbits are just another cute animal with long, floppy ears who are exceptionally good at breeding, you’re wrong. Without the White Rabbit, Alice would have never made it to Wonderland. Bambi might not have learned what flowers were. And delicious, oversized chocolate bunnies wouldn’t exist come Easter time. Can you imagine such a world? Horrible, I know. The rabbits out there would be pretty hopping mad if we didn’t dedicate some kind of list to them, so without further ado, Gameranx presents seven video games that let you play as a rabbit. As always, if there are any games we’ve skipped, let us know.
1. Bugs Bunny, Atari 2600
For Elmer Fudd, this wisecracking rabbit represents a whole lot of missed opportunities. Whether he was looking for gold or trying his luck at hunting, Bugs Bunny always managed to outsmart him. Apart from Looney Tunes, Bugs starred in a whole series of games and made his debut in Bugs Bunny, the single-screen 8-bit adventure for the Atari 2600. Believe it or not, although Bugs Bunny was developed in the early 1980s, it was actually published (and available to the public) in 2002. Talk about a time jump.
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Game Boy
Before Adam Sandler dreamed up Pixels, before Enchanted gave us a happily ever after, and before Space Jam helped rejuvenate Michael Jordan’s basketball career, there was Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Originally a live-action animated flick, Who Framed Roger Rabbit had video game spinoffs for DOS, Apple II, Commodore 64, and eventually Game Boy in 1991. It tasked players with defeating Judge Doom in a top-down voyage through Toontown.
3. Jazz Jackrabbit, DOS (PC)
The brainchild of Arjan Brussee (Guerrilla Games) and Cliff Bleszinski (Boss Key Productions), Jazz Jackrabbit is an energetic 2D platformer with a protagonist who’s coloured the most unforgettable shade of green. It’s not quite Ninja Turtles and just escapes from being neon, so yes, I think it’s safe to rule out green fluorescent protein. Technically, Jazz is a hare. But since the title of the game says otherwise we’ll go with that. Your mission is to weave through levels, defeating terrible turtles on your way to save the beloved Princess Eva Earlong. Play Jazz Jackrabbit here.
4. Cream the Rabbit, Sonic Advance 2 (GBA)
Like its prequel Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2 was all about trying to stop Doctor Eggman from carrying out his nefarious plans. It featured the same supersonic movement, chequered loop de loops, and chaos emerald hunting, but introduced a new character in the form of Cream the Rabbit. Like Knuckles and Amy Rose, Cream was an unlockable character, but was always accompanied by a chao named Cheese. Team Cream Cheese might sound strange, but don’t forget this game’s villain is literally named after eggs.
5. Bunnyz, Nintendo DS
One of the many titles in the Petz series for Nintendo DS, Bunnyz is a virtual pet training game that’s almost a decade old. Players could select a bunny from up to five different breeds, brushing, cleaning, and feeding their floppy eared friend so it grew up happy and healthy. You could even teach your bunny different greetings and phrases through the power of the DS touchpad.
6. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle looks like a chaotic turn-based tactics medley that fuses the best of two franchises together. Sure, Mario’s gigs in Super Mario Run and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe were pretty great, but when Ubisoft approached him with the opportunity to battle it out against mischievous rabbids, he just couldn’t say no. Together with Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and a few good guy Rabbids, Mario needs to save Mushroom Kingdom from becoming a Rabbid paradise.
7. Clive ‘N’ Wrench, multi-platform
In development since 2011, Clive ‘N’ Wrench is a mascot platformer that really harkens back to the golden age of 3D classics like Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Jak and Daxter. For a while, 3D platformers went through a bit of a dry spell. But thanks to an almighty powerful wave of nostalgia, games got rebooted (Ratchet & Clank), remastered (Crash Bandicoot) and spiritually reborn (Yooka-Laylee). The flame was suddenly burning again. Clive ‘N’ Wrench joins the ever expanding arena with anthropomorphic duo Clive and Wrench, who must travel through time and defeat the evil Dr Daucus.
More lists in our 7 Games series:
- 7 Games That Let You Play as a Cat
- 7 Games That Let You Play as a Dog
- 7 Games That Let You Play as a Mouse
- 7 Games That Let You Play as a Fox