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Description

Rayman Arena/Rayman M is the first multiplayer game in the Rayman series. It's not a platformer like earlier games of the Rayman franchises but a race and arena battle game. The game is divided in five leagues (beginner, advanced, expert, extreme and bonus). The first four have each three racing tracks and three arenas that increase in difficulty.

The racing mode is split in four different race types:
  • Training: for exploration and practice of the racecourse and setting personal records;
  • Race: up to four different characters race each other over several rounds with the first one crossing the finish line winning;
  • Popolopoï: one must reach the finish line before time runs out. Time can be replenished by shooting some kind of butterflies called Popolopoï and no opponents are to be beaten;
  • Lums: over three laps, a certain amount of Lums have to be collected and one must beat the other opponents to the finish line.
The arena battle mode is split in three different battle types:
  • Lum Spring: the first to collect five Lums/crystals or the one with the most Lums when time runs out wins. Ice bullets can be fired at an opponent to temporarily freeze them and beat them to the Lum;
  • Lum Fight: all players start with five hit points each that need to be shot off with weapons found around the arena. A point is scored if a player shoots off the last hit point of another player. The first to reach a certain amount of points or the one with the most points when time runs out wins. When killed through one’s own actions, a negative point is scored;
  • Capture the Fly: the goal is to find and capture a Light-Fly. The fly follows you around and gives you a point when a certain amount of time has passed. One loses control of the fly when hit by an opponent's bullet. The first to reach a certain amount of points or the one with the most points when time runs out wins.
Playable characters include:
  • Rayman: the series main protagonist. A creature without arms, legs and neck but with hands, feet and a head that can move independently from his body;
  • Globox: some kind of frog and Rayman's best friend;
  • Teensies: a pair of strange dwarfs working together;
  • Tily: a cat-like fairy;
  • Admiral Razorbeard: the final boss of Rayman 2;
  • Henchman 800: one of the Robo-Pirates from Rayman 2;
  • Henchman 1000: an other Robo-Pirate;
  • Razorwife: Admiral Razorbeard's wife.
To unlock rewards such as bonus levels, additional leagues, character skins, and new characters, finishing first in races and arenas is required.

Screenshots

Rayman Arena Windows Battle against Rayman
Rayman Arena Windows Title screen
Rayman Arena Windows Cutscene between menus
Rayman Arena PlayStation 2 Rayman Arena Loading Screen

Promo Images

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Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Rayman M" -- European title
  • "M ריימן" -- Hebrew spelling

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User Reviews

I tried to like it, I really did! Windows ThE oNe (184)

Critic Reviews

Fragland.net Windows Sep 15, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Dec 05, 2001 16 out of 20 80
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Dec 31, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Gameguru Mania Windows Jan 19, 2002 74 out of 100 74
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 29, 2002 74 out of 100 74
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Oct 28, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Dec 05, 2002 5.6 out of 10 56
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Mar, 2002 55 out of 100 55
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation 2 Dec, 2001 4 out of 10 40
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Xbox Nov 14, 2002 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Rayman Arena was originally going to be sold worldwide as Rayman M, until Ubi Soft realized that M usually stands for "Mature", so they changed the title for some regions.
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