More Reviews
REVIEWS Godzilla (PS4) Review
Godzilla fans enjoyed the recent film, but will they feel the same way about the new video game?

Rocket League Review
I had to force myself to stop playing the game to write this.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Preview
Fans were mad about Beyond Earth. Rising Tide should fix that.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Stick 'Em Up 2: Paper Adventures
Release date: Out Now

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
Release date: Out Now

Lost Dimension
Release date: Out Now

Goat Simulator
Release date: 08/11/15


LATEST FEATURES PC Gamers: A Look at Whether or Not You Should Upgrade to Windows 10
You have a big decision to make, and we'll make it easier for you.

Rocket League Promotes eSports for Everyone
Rocket League is officially an eSports game, but that doesn't mean everyone can't compete and have fun.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437 Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that.  It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece.  I strongly recommend anyone...

Rayman Review

Colin By:
Colin
06/06/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Ubi Soft 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  

What do you call a creature with no arms and no legs in a video game?

Ubi Soft's answer is Rayman! All is not well in Rayman's world. The mystical Great Protoon that maintains the peace has been stolen by the evil Mister Dark. What's more, the cute little Electoons that used to hang around the Protoon(Get it?) have been scattered throughout the world. Without the Protoon and Electoons, hostile creatures begin to appear and capture all the loose Electoons. Who can save them? Why Rayman, of course!

One of Ubi Soft's first ventures into the gaming market, Rayman is a cute little character perfect for little kids. The game, however, is difficult enough to challenge even the most adult of us. There is one major problem with Rayman that Ubi Soft apparently failed to see: How do you make an action figure of a creature with no arms and no legs?

The cartoon graphics of this game are very entertaining. From the pith helmets of the enemies, to the photographers at the save points, the designers sense of humor is apparent. You even have the ability to stick out your tongue and make a funny face whenever you want. One glitch appears to be the ability to have three hands. To attack an enemy, you throw your fist across the screen. If you look real closely, however, Rayman still has two hands no matter what you do.

Groove to the beat of some cool baselines. Well, the music isn't that good, but it does work well with the game. If you're in a green pasture, the music is light and airy; if you're in a land of drums and horns, that's all you hear. The designers matched the music to the scenes perfectly. Ubi Soft also put together a lot of fantastic sound effects at key points in the game. If Rayman is walking on a bongo drum, a hollow sound is emitted. Rayman's sound effects and music are one of the best parts of this game.

The control does take getting used to and is annoying at times. Every few levels, Rayman gets a new ability that takes a long time to get used to. Unfortunately, you are expected to use that new ability almost immediately, and that, of course, leads you to losing a lot of your lives.

Another problems is the Electoons. Much like the Chaos Gems in Sonic the Hedgehog, you are expected to save all the Electoons in every level of Rayman. The only difference being that saving the Electoons is mandatory. This sub-plot can be annoying and downright aggravating at times.

Rayman is a perfect example of a game that is better on the Saturn than on any other system. The Saturn is able to produce a better two dimensional game than the PlayStation. More game companies should take advantage of that, instead of producing mediocre games.
B+ Revolution report card
  • Neat 2D platform gtame
  • Cute graphics; good sound.
  • Sub-plot long and pointless; really frustrating at times.
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Rayman


More On GameRevolution