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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. 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.


Rayman Game Boy Advance A first power has been earned; Rayman can now punch objects and opponents.
Rayman Game Boy Advance Introduction sequence
Rayman Game Boy Advance First level completed.
Rayman Game Boy Advance Title screen

Promo Images

Rayman Screenshot
Rayman Other Very rare item that was sent before the game's launch.
Rayman Screenshot
Rayman Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "雷曼" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Rayman Ultimate" -- Pocket PC title
  • "Rayman Classic" -- Android / iOS title
  • "Rayman Advance" -- Game Boy Advance title
  • "レイマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Pocket gaming at its best! ThE oNe (184) unrated

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Jun 15, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpy Oct 17, 2001 93 out of 100 93
Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 91 out of 100 91 Jul 04, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Advance 2001 89 out of 100 89
Gamekult Jun 15, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2001 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Aug 24, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Jun 26, 2001 15 out of 20 75
Super Play (Sweden) Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70


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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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Kabushi, Qlberts, samsam12 and Satoshi Kunsai.

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Kartanym (12786) added Rayman (Game Boy Advance) on Jun 20, 2001
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