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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 Android Entering Picture city
Rayman Android Final boss, phase 2 (out of 4)
Rayman Android Mr. Stone defeated. Each boss has a funny animation after defeat for some reason
Rayman DOS World Map

Promo Images

Rayman Screenshot
Rayman Screenshot
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

Everything about this game is good, it's only too hard. DOS Rensch (218)
Rayman, a good game Windows scott beane (2)
More colours than your eye can register. SEGA Saturn リカルド・フィリペ (114457)
Pocket gaming at its best! Game Boy Advance ThE oNe (184)
Rayman, Rayman, Rayman, & RAYMAN!!! Windows Jim Fun (252)
interesting but very difficult platform game DOS Xa4 (311)
One of the best 2-D platformers I've ever played. SEGA Saturn Weston Sharpensteen (32)

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Game Boy Advance Jun 15, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Retrogaming History PlayStation Oct 18, 2008 10 out of 10 100
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 18, 2010 5.5 out of 6 92
Game Zero Windows 1995 23 out of 25 92
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Sep, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Electric Playground Jaguar Jan 02, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Nov, 1995 87 out of 100 87
CD Player PlayStation 1996 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jaguar Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80 DOS Sep 06, 2008 7 out of 10 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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