Raymans gentle exterior of colorful backgrounds and the sickeningly bright and
bouncy lead character, lies a platform game that I still rank as one of the
toughest available on the Playstation. There are 70 levels to complete, some
are fun, some are frantic and many are frustratingly difficult.
gameplay is your customary running, ducking, swinging, punching, flying and
usually dying platform format. Rayman has several tricks up his sleeve that are
unveiled as you progress through the game. He can jump from ledge to ledge,
wind up his fist to punch out the enemy, his hair can transform into helicopter
rotor blades to allow him to fly, shrink to the size of a pea to access
previously unreachable areas, and best of all (although useless) he can insert
his fingers into his mouth and pull wide apart then stick out his tongue and
produce a loud gargling sound. Wow.
Each level has a number of cages
which must be found and then punched open to release the imprisoned furry
creatures. However the opening levels cannot be completed until Rayman has
gained the abilities to reach them and these cannot be earned until further into
the game. Once an extra power is awarded by the good fairy, he may backtrack to
the earlier levels to complete the stage.
The presentation is really
slick and is dripping with quirky animations, lavish backdrops and a smart
cartoon intro. Lives can gained by the collection of 100 pearls while
substantial continues are available if required. A plus point to Rayman is that
the earlier levels may be revisited to accumulate a wealth of extra lives
therefore there should be no reason to restart the game from scratch. Several
save points are available throughout each level that appears in the form of a
photographer who snaps his picture.
Certain items of the scenery are
interactive such as punching purple plums from the trees. These can be used to
bounce on to reach higher levels. Thankfully your progress may be saved on a
memory card or by recording a given password.
claim to fame is that I know someone who completed Rayman, and it wasn't me. I
gave up after forty plus levels never to return because of my fear of going
completely bald. Smart graphics, cute characters, varied levels, intelligent
enemies and now its very affordable!