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Rayman 2: The Great Escape

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Description

Admiral Razorbeard and his gang of robot pirates have enslaved all the creatures in Rayman's world, including the peaceful Teensies and the Lums, which give life to the earth. Rayman has been captured by the pirates as well and is lamenting his troubles in his prison cell, when he meets his good friend, Globox. Globox has smuggled in a silver Lum, given to him by the great fairy, Ly. With the power of the silver Lum, Rayman is able to once more shoot his fists. With his power restored, the pair escape the flying prison ship and embark on another adventure to save the entire world!

Rayman 2: The Great Escape is the sequel to Rayman, a 2D side-scrolling platform game. Unlike the previous game, Rayman 2 is entirely in free-roaming 3D environments, similar to Super Mario 64. Rayman has many unique abilities that can help him get around the world. In addition to being able to shoot his fists, he can use his hair to hover like a helicopter, and even glide on air currents in certain places. He can climb certain walls and ceilings and can even use his fists to swing from special purple Lums which are shaped like rings. Rayman also has many unique items at his disposal, such as powder kegs which can be carried or fly like jets, strange warheads with legs that he can ride and steer like bucking mules, and gigantic plums that can be thrown into the water to create new paths.

Rayman's goal is to find the four masks of the world, which allow the owner to reawaken Polokus, the spirit of the world. These masks are scattered far and wide, and are well hidden and guarded, so it is not an easy task. By gathering the yellow Lums, Rayman will gain access to new worlds, which will take him to the locations of new masks. Collecting yellow Lums also rewards him with new powers and life meter extensions.

Screenshots

Rayman 2: The Great Escape Nintendo 64 Rayman can float with his helicopter hair
Rayman 2: The Great Escape Nintendo 64 Rayman can climb along the roots here
Rayman 2: The Great Escape iPhone Main menu
Rayman 2: The Great Escape iPhone Rayman is given a silver Lum by his friend Globox

Alternate Titles

  • "Rayman: Revolution" -- European PlayStation 2 title
  • "Rayman DS" -- Nintendo DS title
  • "Rayman 3D" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "Rayman 2: הבריחה הגדולה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Rayman 2: Revolution" -- PS2 title
  • "Rayman 2: A Grande Fuga" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

By far the best 3d platform on the PC. Windows Rensch (203)
Worth a look Dreamcast jo h. (5)
A brilliant leap from 2d to 3d! Windows Arejarn (726)
The new king of platformgames! Windows Qlberts (57)
An overall good play.......... Windows ThE oNe (6)

The Press Says

Futuregamez.net Dreamcast Mar 31, 2000 95 out of 100 95
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Jan 08, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Computer Games Magazine Windows Dec 16, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Nintendo 64 Nov 24, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Dec 02, 1999 17 out of 20 85
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Dec 27, 2000 16 out of 20 80
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Armchair Empire, The Nintendo 3DS Jun 11, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65
G4 TV: X-Play Nintendo DS May 04, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
TouchGen iPhone Mar 01, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Originally, during the early development of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, it was going to be a 2D side-scroller. However, because of the new and constant usage of 3D graphics in games of that era, the original 2D design was scrapped and Ubisoft decided to make their franchise 3D as well. Details and screenshots of the original prototype can be seen here.

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