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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 PlayStation One of the first levels
Rayman Game Boy Advance Fighting some enemies.
Rayman Game Boy Advance First boss
Rayman DOS Just out of reach

Promo Images

Rayman Screenshot
Rayman Other
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Rayman Logo


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

Everything about this game is good, it's only too hard. DOS Rensch (216)
Rayman, a good game Windows scott beane (2)
More colours than your eye can register. SEGA Saturn Rik Hideto (390301)
Pocket gaming at its best! Game Boy Advance ThE oNe (184)
Rayman, Rayman, Rayman, & RAYMAN!!! Windows Jim Fun (243)
interesting but very difficult platform game DOS Xa4 (311)
One of the best 2-D platformers I've ever played. SEGA Saturn Weston Sharpensteen (32)

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit Windows Dec 18, 2010 5.5 out of 6 92
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 18, 2010 5.5 out of 6 92
GamePro (US) PlayStation Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Defunct Games Jaguar Mar 22, 2009 90 out of 100 90 PlayStation Feb, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN Nintendo DSi Dec 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Jun 11, 1996 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
All Game Guide Game Boy Advance 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn May 15, 2009 C- 42


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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
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