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Rayman (Game Boy Advance)

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Description

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.

Aside from the platforming action, the other notable feature of Rayman is its large, detailed and vibrant graphics, which have helped it to stand out from most other similar games in the genre.

Screenshots

Rayman Game Boy Advance Introduction sequence
Rayman Game Boy Advance First boss
Rayman Game Boy Advance Fighting some enemies.
Rayman Game Boy Advance Start of the first level

Alternate Titles

  • "雷曼" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Rayman Ultimate" -- Pocket PC 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 (178) unrated

The Press Says

UOL Jogos Jun 15, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpy Oct 17, 2001 93 out of 100 93
Gamezilla Jul 31, 2001 92 out of 100 92
4Players.de Jul 04, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Playmag Jul, 2001 17 out of 20 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Aug 24, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Jul, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 26, 2001 15 out of 20 75
Super Play Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Cancelled Port

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

Sales

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.

Technology

  • 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.

Awards

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    • 1995 Holiday Edition (Vol.8, No.13) - Best Jaguar Game of the Year
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Kartanym (10775) added Rayman (Game Boy Advance) on Jun 20, 2001
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