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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 DOS World Map
Rayman DOS Vine Climbing
Rayman PlayStation One of the first levels
Rayman Jaguar Rayman swings from rings like a circus performer.

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

Everything about this game is good, it's only too hard. DOS Rensch (203)
Rayman, a good game Windows scott beane (2)
More colours than your eye can register. SEGA Saturn りき Hideto (21076)
Pocket gaming at its best! Game Boy Advance ThE oNe (178)
Rayman, Rayman, Rayman, & RAYMAN!!! Windows Jim Fun (222)
interesting but very difficult platform game DOS Xa4 (272)
One of the best 2-D platformers I've ever played. SEGA Saturn Weston Sharpensteen (32)

The Press Says

myatari Jaguar Dec, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 18, 2010 5.5 out of 6 92
Game Zero Windows 1995 23 out of 25 92
The DOS Spirit Windows Dec 18, 2010 5.5 out of 6 92
Christ Centered Game Reviews PlayStation Feb 21, 2007 9.25 out of 10 92
GamePro (US) PlayStation Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Electric Playground Windows Jul 26, 1996 9 out of 10 90
GameCola.net PlayStation Feb, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot DOS Jun 11, 1996 7.4 out of 10 74
GameTrip.net Windows Sep 06, 2008 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
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Kabushi, Qlberts, samsam12 and Satoshi Kunsai.

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