Rayman

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
...
4.2
PlayStation
85
3.9
Game Boy Advance
84
3.8
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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.

Screenshots

Rayman SEGA Saturn Title Main menu
Rayman SEGA Saturn Each finish level ends in a different transition effect/style
Rayman Game Boy Advance Loading the first scenario.
Rayman Game Boy Advance Fighting some enemies.

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 CreditsContributor (23945)
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)

Critic Reviews

myatari Jaguar Dec, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Zero Windows 1995 23 out of 25 92
4Players.de Game Boy Advance Jul 04, 2001 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Playmag Game Boy Advance Jul, 2001 17 out of 20 85
Game Revolution SEGA Saturn Jun 06, 2004 B+ 83
Video Games SEGA Saturn Oct, 1995 83 out of 100 83
GameCola.net PlayStation Feb, 2008 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
High Score DOS Jun, 1996 3 out of 5 60

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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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