Rabbids Go Phone brings hijinks to Windows Phone 7, won't run on 8

Today’s Xbox Windows Phone 8 release, Rayman Jungle Run might have left gamers who are stuck with Windows Phone 7 feeling left out in the cold. Hey, things aren’t as grim as they seem, old phone users! As it turns out, a second Xbox game came out today: Rabbids Go Phone. That’s right, two Ubisoft games in one day!

Rabbids Go Phone might make Windows Phone 7 users smile, but not the rest of us. For reasons unknown to science, Rabbids won’t run on Windows Phone 8. Considering that Microsoft’s new mobile OS has been available since November last year, it’s pretty silly to release an incompatible game at this point in time. Especially a really simplistic game like Rabbids.

Phone rabies

The rabbit-like Rabbid characters debuted in Rayman: Raving Rabbids on Wii and have gone on to star in their own generally mediocre spin-off games. The latest spin-off Go Phone is more of a humorous app than an actual game, but considering how cheap it sells for, we won’t complain.

The bulk of Rabbids Go Phone involves interacting with your very own virtual Rabbid. You can pull his ears and let them snap, tickle his tummy, swipe his legs to make him run in place, flip your phone to make him bang into walls, and lots more. In total there are 60 different moves to discover.

The Achievements mostly revolve around unlocking new toys for your Rabbid. See, if you leave him alone for a while he’ll pull out one of 19 random objects. Each of these objects has 1-4 moves associated with it. Discover all of the moves and you’ll unlock the ability to play with the toy at any time.

Here are a few toy-based moves to get you started:

  • Microphone: Tap the mic, swipe up on it
  • Cell phone: Answer the call, reject the call, tap the Rabbid instead of answering
  • Mousetrap: Tap the trap, swipe up on it
  • Boom box: Tap the box, swipe up on Rabbid

Besides searching for moves, you can also put the Rabbid in different outfits or change the room he occupies. The game even has built in support to play songs from your music library, which unlocks an Achievement and inspires the Rabbid to dance.

More zaniness

Rabbids Go Phone for Windows Phone

Players can also pause and take a picture of the game at any time. Even better, use the phone’s camera to take an augmented reality picture of the Rabbid, just like in Kinectimals. The pictures come out at a meager 234 x 391 resolution and you can’t use the flash, but it’s a nice idea all the same.

Rabbids Go Phone also includes a decent assortment of bonus content to justify its one dollar price. You’ll find lots of wallpapers, links to seven YouTube videos, 8 comic strips, and five ringtones that no self-respecting adult would ever want to use.

Make your phone Rabbid

Okay, so Rabbids Go Phone is very much aimed at kids. But Achievement hunters and the young at heart will enjoy messing it for a few minutes as well. Too bad we can’t install it on Windows Phone 8 devices.

Rabbids Go Phone – Windows Phone 7 only – 124 MB – 99 cents – Store Link

Thanks to Jonathan Dollison for the tip!

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • "This app uses features your phone doesn't have"
    Yeah ok and there was me thinking my WP8 had all the WP7 features and then some!
  • feel it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now you can understand us!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WP7.x YEAH! 
  • You can probably get a used WP7 on eBay for 50 bucks and enjoy the few games not on 8. Or cry why your Xbox 360 cant play NES cartridges.
  • Good for WP7 users.
  • Wha, no PPC 2003 support, fail! :)
  • I lol'd :P
    *still using WM6.1*
  • Good to see they're not forgetting about WP7, it'd be better if it was available on both WP7 and WP8 though.
  • This would be like someone making an app for the iPhone 2 and submitting it to iTunes today. Dumb, dumb, dumb
  • Hahaha... This is way different, knowing that Nokia's flagship was running WP7 'till november last year
  • No, this is completely and utterly different. This is more like releasing on Gingerbread and not ICS, with ICS users complaining even though a large chunk of android devices are still running GB.
  • Except that if I want it on ICS, then I'll have to do is download it from google search it will work just fine for free. #btwnotatroll
  • Depending on your phone/tablet and how tech literate you are...
  • And it's reasons like these I kept my WP7.
  • I'm sick of these games & apps only working on WP7... I'm throwing my WP8 in the gutter and buying an iPhone and an Android. WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH
  • Don't do it,,!!! I'll take it..L0L
  • OMG! The deviation! My irony-meter just exploded. :P
  • Somebody figure out all of the toilet brush and pop gun moves, please.
  • For the toilet brush: Circle under left (either one may work) armpit, tap on ears to clean, and back and forth L-R to brush teeth, swipe up on brush to dust.
    For the cork gun: Tap on the gun to shoot, U-D to drop gun, held my finger on the screen and went D-U a couple of times to shoot eye.
    I am missing one of the rabbid moves for the last achievement, and that is really annoying me.  I keep getting the hold ear and speak sign (assuming this is the one I am missing) which I do but it doesn't register (the blowing one worked fine). Nevermind, just got it.  Had to scream BWAAAH while holding rabbid's ear.
  • Thanks man! Got it. :)
  • Not for my beautiful Nokia 920, looks like it's time to get my Samsung Focus out of the shoe box...
  • The exact same reason I kept mine!
  • Wish I could do this...lol
    Mine KOed itself...
  • Lets just have one Microsoft operating system already
  • WHAT THE.... No love for WP8? Seriously I am so pissed-off :/
  • Nice dig on us WP7 users with shiny L900s that are only a year old. Glad the game developers are still supporting us even though WP Central constantly berates us :-)
  • We love you all, unless you complain about WP8-specific games, that is. ;)
  • ^ This
  • "..old phone users" LMAO! That's hilarious.
  • And here I thought only Rich was the only one who bashed WP7-only games. I can never understand why devs release WP8 only apps when we WP7 users are still half or over half of the user base, but WPC never bashes them about that.
  • ok after all this waiting they bring a paid game to wp8, and one that works on wp7, it is clear that microsoft is trying to buy some time because i think they will release a lot of apps and games in this blue update, if not, then they should cancel the wp8 cause they dont care about making it better...
  • They release at least 1 game a week.
  • Whats with the turtle in the picture. I love turtles
  • Wow, sounds stupid.  I usually buy all the $1 games, but this sounds dumber than Pocket God, which I also found to be awful.
  • Its basically for children. Which is a shame because my kid would love it. But yeah, if your not a child or have one, it should be easy to stay away.
  • This does look boring, but might be worth it for easy achievements (assuming they aren't glitchy or too time consuming)
  • 30 minutes or less if you use a guide.
  • To be fair us WP8 users got Rayman Jungle Run so it's good to see WP7 users get something for once. Would be nice to see Ubisoft bring both games to both WP8 and 7.x though.
  • Hi Paul, Rabbids Go Phone is 124MB in my store. You have written that it's 49MB.
  • Thanks man; fixed it.
  • Does anyone know the actions for the shield? It's the only one I can't finish. It's doing my head in.
  • One hard one was swiping up-left from the center of the shield. There's a guide in progress at TrueAchievements if you need more help.
  • Thanks. I'll give it a shot!