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Rayman 2: The Great Escape (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

By far the best 3d platform on the PC. Rensch (203) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A brilliant leap from 2d to 3d! Arejarn (761) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The new king of platformgames! Qlberts (57) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An overall good play.......... ThE oNe (6) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (19 votes) 4.0

The Press Says

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Daily Radar
PC gamers have typically been older than their console counterparts and more focused on strategy and simulation than jumping and fighting. But players who dismiss the best another system has to offer are missing some great games. Although Rayman 2 is clearly designed as a console title, it is a spectacularly beautiful PC game that is easy and addictive. Its whimsical attitude never grows cloying, and the simple nature of the story can be rather charming. It may not appeal to the tough-guy poseur who only plays games with exit wounds, but for the rest of us, it's great fun.
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
Graphically, Rayman II is an exceptional game with an amazing gameplay. Rayman II sets a new standards on PC for this type of genre. The Rayman character is so popular that Ubi Soft will include it in a series of cartoons developed for the Television and made in SGI. The first episodes have already been made and will be available in a Deluxe Edition of the game of the DVD format to be released later in 2000. Overall, Rayman II is a must for all gamers, young or old, which is non-violent and that we would recommend to the whole family!
Minor complaints aside, Rayman 2 is a great game that takes a shopworn genre and infuses it with so much style and conspicuous creativity that it becomes new again. It's whimsical in the best possible sense, fun to play, and easy on the eyes. It makes competing games with more "mature" themes seem downright offensive by comparison, not for the iniquity of their content, but simply for their relative lack of invention.
Rayman 2 is a great game. Not just a great platform game, but a well-made, fun to play romp through an intriguing world. The graphics are beautifully artistic and the sound is groovy, but most importantly the gameplay feels fresh and engaging.
Absolute Games (
Из недр Ubisoft неожиданно извлеклась отличная аркадная игра, обладающая великолепными формами и аппетитным содержанием. Настоятельно рекомендуется личностям всех полов, возрастов и вероисповеданий. Жанровые пристрастия тоже не имеют никакого значения. Игру стоит посмотреть хотя бы из-за того, что хорошие аркады на PC стали, увы, большой редкостью. Компьютерные разработчики предпочитают более модные жанры, а львиная доля приставочных портов смотрится на нашей платформе достаточно тускло. Rayman 2 — тоже порт. Но считайте, что я вам этого не говорил, поскольку в процессе игры эта малоприятная деталь никак себя не обнаруживает.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Rayman 2 is quite simply the best platform game I have ever played. There is nothing completely novel here, but everything is so well done that the developers have clearly breathed new life into a rather stagnant genre. The only significant limitations, revolving around interface decisions concerning control settings and save game possibilities, do not dampen my unbridled enthusiasm. I therefore give it a Reviewer's Choice award without reservation.
Computer Games Magazine
Many times games are built around dazzling graphics, but at the expense of gameplay. Often story lines are trimmed to make room for action and far too often characters are given the personality of the gamepad. Ubi Soft's greatest escape may be from the shortcomings so often seen in this genre, as they have combined stunning graphics, an excellent musical score, enchanting gameplay and really interesting characters to make Rayman 2: The Great Escape a sure hit.
Power Unlimited
Rayman 2 is een game waarbij je constant moet kiezen tussen rennen voor je leven en ademloos kijken naar het schitterende landschap. Dat hebben ze goed gedaan daar bij Ubi Soft.
To cut the long story short... despite all the lows I've mentioned, Rayman's great escape is definitely one of the best games I've played this year. Nice graphics, colorful world and good story have created fantastic atmosphere and I really felt like I'm in that cartoonish universe. That's why I just couldn't feast my eyes off of this game for 3 long, looong days...
PC Games (Germany)
Von der Niedlichkeit der Figuren und den bonbonfarbenen Comic-Landschaften sollte man sich nicht täuschen lasen - bei Rayman 2 handelt es sich um ein verflixt schnelles, extrem unterhaltsames Actionpaket, für das sich nicht nur jüngere Spieler interessieren dürften. Selten habe ich so ein abgefahrenes und abwechslungsreiches Leveldesign gesehen; die zahlreichen skurrilen Charaktere verstärken den schrägen Humor noch zusätzlich - innerhalb kürzester Zeit ist einem der kleine bunte Hüpfknecht ans Herz gewachsen und man kann sich kaum noch vom Bildschirm lösen. Lediglich die Tatsache, dass man nicht jederzeit speichern kann, wurmt ein wenig und trübt den ansonsten ausgezeichneten Gesamteindruck. Ansonsten ist Rayman 2 jedem zu empfehlen, der Sinn für abgefahrenen Humor und knuffige Antihelden hat.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Dit spel is een topper in het genre en misschien kan het daardoor wat meer liefhebbers aantrekken. Vlotte actie, geweldige graphics, leuke sounds, met als enig minpunt de soms zéééér lastige stukken (trouwens ook een minpunt voor Rayman 1!) en het soms frustrerende save-systeem. Rayman 2 is al bij al een erg verfijnde titel in het platformgenre.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape succeeds where several other PC platform games have failed. How you ask? Its fun and completely engrossing for hours. Period. Be ready to devote lots of time to this beauty and enjoy all that it has to offer. Smashing darling. Completely smashing.
GameStar (Germany)
Der Sprung in die dritte Dimension ist Rayman 2 einfach großartig gelungen. Geniale Grafiken und vor allem die phantastischen Texturen gefallen dem Auge, die originellen Levels und die perfekte Steuerung dem Spielerherzen. Klar, gestandene Action- Haudegen können mit der kindgerechten Aufmachung auf den ersten Blick nicht viel anfangen. Sobald man sich aber eingespielt und die ersten Levels geschafft hat, kommt unweigerlich die Neugierde – was mögen die Entwickler sich wohl noch so alles an abgedrehten Ideen überlegt haben?
PC Player (Germany)
Rayman 2 ist der neue Maßstab im Geschicklichkeits-Genre, den zu übertreffen keine leichte Übung sein dürfte.
Letztendlich zeigt "Rayman 2", dass PC-Jump&Runs sich nicht mehr vor der Konsolen-Konkurrenz verstecken müssen. Doch die Krone im Genre gebührt immer noch Mario, Sonic und Konsorten. Auf dem PC sieht es dagegen anders aus. Bisher war Gex3D (auch von Ubi Soft) diesbezüglich der Platzhirsch. In puncto Leveldesign kann der Gecko zwar immer noch Punkten, doch in der Präsentation fällt er Lichtjahre hinter Rayman zurück. Doch wie gesagt, Anfänger seien gewarnt. Zumindest bis Tonic Trouble erscheint, erklimmt Rayman 2 so die Genrekrone.
Les développeurs français d'Ubi Soft ont fait preuve de beaucoup de talent, et d'un beau respect pour le joueur. Car s'il est plus ou moins facile de faire un très beau jeu, il est en revanche plus délicat de concilier une excellente jouabilité et un gameplay aussi poussé. Oui, Rayman 2 est un délice !
Rayman le retour tant attendu ! Vous vous souvenez du petit personnage en 2D tout mignon qui faisait des grimaces, lancer son poing sur les ennemis, voler avec ces cheveux et j’en passe… ! A l’heure actuelle, il s’est fait un super lifting et revient en 3D !! Rayman revient avec un nouveau look et tout y est : bandana rouge, baskets jaunes, cheveux blond hélicoptère, il lance son poing , il est capable à présent grâce à la 3D d’excalader les mur, de s’accricher au plafond grillagé, de nager,… et vous y retrouverez toujours les électoons devenus les Lums, qu’il doit collecter cette fois-ci pour obtenir plus d’énergie, des sauvegarde, de l’oxygène, des pouvoirs,….
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Zou Rayman schouders hebben, dan zou daar een grote last op liggen, want zijn wereld is bezet door mechanische piraten en aan Rayman de taak deze Robocops met ooglapjes te verjagen.
incite PC Gaming
With a gamepad, gumption, and a little patience, you'll enjoy playing this game again and again.
PC Gaming World
Rayman 2 is by far the better game thanks to its size and complexity. Don't let the initial childishness of this game put you off - patience pays great dividends. And the net result is a very likeable game.
PC Gamer Brasil
A migração para a tecnologia tridimensional foi realmente uma particularidade que tornou Rayman 2 um lançamento interessante. Prosseguir a idéia do primeiro jogo continua dando oportunidade aos pequenos de conduzir o personagem sem maiores dificuldades. Ao mesmo tempo, o jogo apresenta um show tecnológico e mostra que gráficos coloridos e um personagem risonho não atrai só as crianças.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Winning the “most annoying feature” category, RAYMAN 2 requires you to complete a level before you can save the game, although there are soft saves during the level. Because of this feature, you will sometimes find yourself playing just to make it to the neat Save-portal. Yeah, that’s fun. Despite its shortcomings, RAYMAN 2 manages to get a lot of things right. If you are a fan of console games, or are looking for a light, fun action game, RAYMAN 2 may be the armless, legless, neckless man for the job.