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Rayman

aka: Rayman Advance, Rayman Classic, Rayman Ultimate
Moby ID: 2247
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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. It’s 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.

Spellings

  • レイマン - Japanese spelling
  • 雷曼 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Critics

Average score: 83% (based on 73 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 164 ratings with 7 reviews)

Pocket gaming at its best!

The Good
Rayman has been a huge accomplishment from Ubisoft. There have been many Rayman games, but this one stands out.

Rayman Advance truly takes the Gameboy Advance and turns it into a real blaster with graphics. RA's bright colours and textures(well...not really textures) really make the game look great.

The level layout was amazing too, as all the levels are reasonably big, and it's fun guiding (the huge) Rayman across them.

Sound was no problem, the music and sound effects are good.

The game plays very well. The controls are quick and responsive, and the controls have been mapped out nicely.

The Bad
Nothing.

The Bottom Line
Rayman delivers a well fulfilled promise of enhanced pocket gaming to it's greatest. I give Rayman Advance a well deserved 5 / 5 .

Game Boy Advance · by ThE oNe (180) · 2002

Rayman, a good game

The Good
I think the good things about this game is that you earn special abilities, unlike most games, where you start out with them and then have no challenge. I also like the fact you can punch much farther than an inch. Plus,it's darn funny, for example, fish sometimes fly outta ponds or lakes to knock you down and if you punch them they smile and their teeth crack and fall out. And last, the awesome classic backgrounds, the forests and mountains are breath-taking!

The Bad
Sometimes it's a small bit...ummm...childish. Like the first boss is a bug, which is cool but when you defeat him rayman walks up, pats him on the back, they become friends so easily, and rayman rides this bug around for the entire next level.

The Bottom Line
I'd say it's the game to look for, it's just... FUN!

Windows · by scott beane (1) · 2003

One of the best 2-D platformers I've ever played.

The Good
The graphics are cartoony and great to look at. They did show of the powers of the then new Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation very nice. GO UBISOFT!

  One way the Saturn version wins SLIGHTLY over the Playstation version is the voice acting in the intro. In the Playstation version, the little hat guy sounds light and boring. In the Saturn version, he sounds more humorous. Also when Rayman gets hit by an enemy he makes a high pitched squeal. I'm not sure if this is a good thing, but not a bad one.

 The music is fantastic. Rayman has some of the best music in gaming history. CD quality sound (in gaming) in 1995 was brand new and this was a great way to start it off.<br><br>**The Bad**<br>     Nothing really.<br><br>**The Bottom Line**<br>     Rayman is a more slow paced game. It is not like early Sonic games. Nevertheless, Rayman is just one reason to get a Sega Saturn, Playstation, or even..THE 64-BIT ATARI JAGUAR!!! HA, HA, HA!!!!


 Oh Atari Jaguar, at least you are.... uh...... 64-Bit?


 Rayman is a great game. BUY IT NOW!

SEGA Saturn · by Weston Sharpensteen (13) · 2011

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Trivia

Cancelled Ports

A SEGA 32X port was going to be released, but got cancelled due to the platform's declining popularity. A 3DO version was also planned as well, but cancelled due to technical issues.

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

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • September 1995 (Issue 74) - Game of the Month (Playstation version)
  • Game Players
    • 1995 Holiday Edition (Vol.8, No.13) - Best Jaguar Game of the Year

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Andrew Hartnett.

Wii U added by mars_rulez. PS Vita added by GTramp. Game Boy Advance added by Kartanym. Android, iPhone, iPad added by Sciere. PSP, PlayStation 3 added by Foxhack. Windows Mobile added by Kabushi. PlayStation added by Adam Baratz. SEGA Saturn added by Terok Nor. Nintendo DSi added by Ben K. Jaguar added by quizzley7.

Additional contributors: Kartanym, Unicorn Lynx, Jony Shahar, Sciere, Alaka, Kabushi, ケヴィン, DreinIX, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, Roberth Martinez.

Game added August 29, 2000. Last modified January 22, 2024.