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 Windows in game
Rayman 2: The Great Escape Nintendo 64 These purple lums can be used as swings
Rayman 2: The Great Escape iPhone Grabbing onto some overhead vines
Rayman 2: The Great Escape PlayStation 2 The game's load screen. The character walking at the bottom of the screen will change

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 (1020)
The new king of platformgames! Windows Qlberts (57)
An overall good play.......... Windows ThE oNe (6)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 04, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Oct, 1999 1.25 out of 6 95
Mega Fun Dreamcast Mar, 2000 92 out of 100 92
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nintendo 64 Jan 22, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1999 86 out of 100 86
WiiDSFrance Nintendo 3DS Apr 14, 2011 7 out of 10 70
PC Gamer Brasil Windows Feb, 2000 68 out of 100 68
4Players.de Nintendo 3DS Mar 25, 2011 63 out of 100 63
Touch Arcade iPhone Mar 01, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nintendo DS Mar 30, 2005 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Character name changes

The names of a few characters changed during design of the game.

The original name of Globox was Globber.
The original name of Razorbeard was Razorface.
The original name of the Teensies was Smalbeings.
The original name of Polokus was Polochus.
And the robo-pirates were originally named the Mysterious Guild.

Development history

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.

Extras

The PSX release of Rayman 2 originally came with a digital watch.

Japanese version

In Japan, purple is the colour of death. Because of that, some characters with purple in them were changed. Rayman's body was made blue, Sssssam the snake turned into a kind of green, and Jano's hat was turned red. But the most bizarre change was made to Ly, who's body was changed from orange/purple to white/pink.

References

The purple general who sells Razorbeard the Grolgoth is also featured in Tonic Trouble's opening cinematic.

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