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When a villain known only as Mr. Dark appears, trouble brews in Rayman's world. Mr. Dark captures the Toons - source of light and Rayman's friends. With no more light, evil creatures begin to roam, making the world unsafe for everyone. Its up to you, as Rayman, to free your friends and put an end to Mr. Dark's dastardly schemes!

Rayman is a side-scrolling platformer starring the titular Rayman, a big-nosed chap with no arms or legs. Rayman can jump and use his hair to hover for a short period of time. He can also attack by throwing his fists, or winding up his fists for a more powerful punch. He can occasionally find special power ups that grant him unlimited flying power, giving him the ability to navigate through tricky mazes.


Rayman Game Boy Advance Start of the first level
Rayman Game Boy Advance A first power has been earned; Rayman can now punch objects and opponents.
Rayman Game Boy Advance Rayman acting funny.
Rayman Game Boy Advance Rayman take some time to pose for a picture.

Promo Images

Rayman Logo
Rayman Other
Rayman Screenshot
Rayman Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "雷曼" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Rayman Ultimate" -- Pocket PC title
  • "Rayman Classic" -- Android / iOS title
  • "Rayman Advance" -- Game Boy Advance title
  • "レイマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Pocket gaming at its best! ThE oNe (184) unrated

Critic Reviews

64 Power / big.N / N Games Jun, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
UOL Jogos Jun 15, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamezilla Jul 31, 2001 92 out of 100 92
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2001 8.75 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Jun 15, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Jul, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 (UK) Aug 24, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Jun 26, 2001 15 out of 20 75
All Game Guide 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Cancelled Port

A SEGA 32X port was going to be released, but got cancelled due to the platform's declining popularity.


Rayman has the record for number of weeks on the UK all-formats top 40 chart with 261 weeks. That's more than five years.


  • Rayman has no joints, he just has a head, body, hands and feet. The reason for this is that it was much easier to animate him that way.
  • The DOS and Windows versions stored the opening and ending animations in a very unusual format: the video is completely separate from the audio. The audio for the animations is on the CD as CD Audio tracks. So in order to watch the intro and ending, a full install of the game is necessary, since a CD-ROM drive can not access data and audio tracks at the same time.


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    • 1995 Holiday Edition (Vol.8, No.13) - Best Jaguar Game of the Year
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Kartanym (12825) added Rayman (Game Boy Advance) on Jun 20, 2001
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