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Rayman (PlayStation)

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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 PlayStation Riding on a mosquito.
Rayman PlayStation While dodging giant drumsticks, a flute shoots lightning at Rayman.
Rayman PlayStation In every level, Rayman has to find and open six of these cages.
Rayman PlayStation World map

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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The Press Says

Retrogaming History Oct 18, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Player One Oct, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Christ Centered Game Reviews Feb 21, 2007 9.25 out of 10 92
GamePro (US) Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Coming Soon Magazine Jul, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1995 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Players Oct, 1995 82 out of 100 82
GameCola.net Feb, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN Nov 25, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2007 6.75 out of 10 68

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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

  • Game Players
    • 1995 Holiday Edition (Vol.8, No.13) - Best Jaguar Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Kabushi, Qlberts, samsam12 and Satoshi Kunsai.

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Adam Baratz (1352) added Rayman (PlayStation) on Apr 16, 2001
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