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Rayman

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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 Checkpoint
Rayman Game Boy Advance Punch these balls to a good place to reach higher areas.
Rayman DOS It's Rayman!
Rayman Game Boy Advance Rayman take some time to pose for a picture.

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 (22070)
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

Player One PlayStation Oct, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Player One SEGA Saturn Oct, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jul 16, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Defunct Games Jaguar Mar 22, 2009 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Sep, 1995 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Nintendo DSi Dec 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Super Play Game Boy Advance Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
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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