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Rayman is a franchise of platform video games, published by Ubisoft. Since the release of the original Rayman, conceived by Michel Ancel in 1995, the series has produced a total of 44 games across multiple platforms.

Rayman
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Logo used since Rayman Origins
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Creator(s)Michel Ancel
Platform(s)
First releaseRayman
1 September 1995
Latest releaseRayman Legends: Definitive Edition
12 September 2017
Spin-offsRaving Rabbids

The series is set in a fantastical, magical world which features a wide range of environments that are often based on certain themes, such as "the Eraser Plains", a landscape made entirely of stationery. The core games of the series are platformers, but there are several spin-off titles in other genres. The protagonist is the eponymous Rayman, a magical being renowned for his courage and determination who, with the help of his friends, must save his world from various villains.

Contents

GamesEdit

Main seriesEdit

Title Details

Original release dates:
  • EU: 1 September 1995
  • NA: 19 September 1995
Release years by system:
1995 - Atari Jaguar, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, MS-DOS
2000 - Game Boy Color
2001 - Game Boy Advance
2009 - Nintendo DSi
2016 - iOS, Android
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.
  • A PC version of Rayman titled Rayman Gold was released with additional features including new levels, new online features, and a level creator named Rayman Designer.
  • The Game Boy Color version of Rayman was re-released for 3DS Virtual Console in 2012.
  • A version of Rayman was released on the Game Boy Advance titled Rayman Advance.
  • Rayman Advance was re-released for Wii U Virtual Console in 2017.
  • Part of the lineup of the 20 games that come pre-loaded on the PlayStation Classic.



Original release dates:
  • EU: 29 October 1999
  • NA: 6 November 1999
Release years by system:
1999 - Nintendo 64, Microsoft Windows
2000 - Dreamcast, PlayStation, PlayStation 2
2001 - Game Boy Color
2005 - Nintendo DS
2010 - iOS
2011 - Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.
  • The first 3D Rayman game.
  • A version of Rayman 2 was released for the Game Boy Color, titled Rayman 2 Forever.
  • An updated remake of Rayman 2 was released for the PlayStation 2, titled Rayman Revolution. This version added upgraded graphics, the inclusion of new areas, bosses, and mini-games.
  • A port of the Nintendo 64 version of Rayman 2 was released for the Nintendo DS, titled Rayman DS.
  • A port of the Dreamcast version of Rayman 2 was released for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Rayman 3D.



Original release dates:
  • NA: 21 February 2003
  • EU: 4 March 2003
Release years by system:
2003 - GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Game Boy Advance, N-Gage
2012 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.
  • The sequel to Rayman 2.
  • Rayman 3 was re-released in HD for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in 2012, titled Rayman 3 HD.
  • The Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3 was re-released for Wii U Virtual Console in 2017.



Original release dates:
  • NA: 15 November 2011
  • AU: 24 November 2011
  • EU: 25 November 2011
Release years by system:
2011 - PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2012 - Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita
2013 - OS X
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Paris, and Ubisoft Casablanca.
  • The first original 2D Rayman game since the first Rayman.



Original release dates:
  • AU: 29 August 2013
  • EU: 30 August 2013
  • NA: 3 September 2013
Release years by system:
2013 - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita
2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 - Nintendo Switch
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.
  • The direct sequel to Rayman Origins.
  • An updated version of Rayman Legends, titled Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, was released exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2017.


Spin-offsEdit

Raving RabbidsEdit

Title Details

Original release dates:
  • NA: 19 November 2006
  • AU: 7 December 2006
  • EU: 8 December 2006
Release years by system:
2006 - Wii, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Game Boy Advance
2007 - Xbox 360, Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and Ubisoft Sofia.
  • The console versions are minigame-based party games, with the Wii version taking advantage of the motion control capabilities of the Wii Remote.
  • The Game Boy Advance version is notably different from the console versions, being that it's a 2D platformer developed using the same engine as the Game Boy Advance port of Rayman 3. This version includes characters from previous Rayman games that don't appear in the console versions.
  • The DS version is also notably different as it combines parts of platforming and party game elements. This version uses the same engine as Rayman DS.
  • The Wii version of Rayman Raving Rabbids was re-released on the Wii U eShop in 2017.



Original release dates:
  • NA: 13 November 2007
  • AU: 15 November 2007
  • EU: 16 November 2007
Release years by system:
2007 - Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Paris (Wii) and Ubisoft Casablanca (DS).
  • The sequel to Rayman Raving Rabbids.
  • Unlike the DS version of Rayman Raving Rabbids, the DS version of Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 is primarily a party game like the Wii version.



Original release dates:
  • EU: 13 November 2008
  • AU: 14 November 2008
  • NA: 18 November 2008
Release years by system:
2008 - Wii, Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Developed by Ubisoft Paris.
  • The third and final game in the Raving Rabbids series.
  • The final Rabbids game to feature Rayman.


OtherEdit

Title Details

Original release dates:
  • EU: 10 November 2000
Release years by system:
2000 - PlayStation



Original release dates:
  • EU: 15 December 2000
Release years by system:
2000 - PlayStation



Original release dates:
  • EU: 15 December 2000
Release years by system:
2000 - PlayStation



Original release dates:
  • EU: 12 January 2001
Release years by system:
2001 - PlayStation



Original release dates:
  • NA: 11 August 2001
Release years by system:
2001 - PlayStation



Original release dates:
  • EU: 30 November 2001
  • NA: 24 September 2002
Release years by system:
2001 - PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
2002 - GameCube, Xbox
Notes:
  • Titled as Rayman Arena in North America



Original release dates:
  • EU: 8 March 2002
  • NA: 26 March 2002
Release years by system:
2002 - PlayStation



Original release dates:
  • NA: 2 July 2003
Release years by system:
2003 - Mobile



Original release dates:
  • NA: 16 July 2003
Release years by system:
2003 - Mobile



Original release dates:
  • NA: 15 March 2005
  • EU: 18 March 2005
Release years by system:
2005 - Game Boy Advance



Original release dates:
  • NA: 12 March 2009
Release years by system:
2009 - BlackBerry



Original release dates:
  • NA: 20 September 2012
Release years by system:
2012 - iOS, Android
2013 - Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile



Original release dates:
  • NA: 7 November 2013
Release years by system:
2013 - iOS, Android
2014 - Windows Mobile, Microsoft Windows



Original release dates:
  • NA: 5 December 2015
Release years by system:
2015 - iOS, Android


CharactersEdit

  • Rayman is the main protagonist of the series. He has no arms, legs or neck, though he has hands, feet, and a head that are able to move independent of his body. Due to his lack of arms, Rayman is able to throw his fists in long-range punches at his enemies, and in some games is even able to project balls of energy from his hands. He is able to glide by spinning his hair like a helicopter blade. He is typically found wearing white gloves, a red neckerchief on a purple shirt and a white ring on the chest (which was replaced with a red and purple hoodie in the later entries), and yellow trainers. He is voiced by David Gasman and Steve Perkinson in the video games and by Billy West in the animated series. He was awarded the Best New Character award of 1995 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.[1]
  • Globox is Rayman's best friend and sidekick. Although easily frightened, he has often demonstrated his courage. In Rayman 3, he is voiced by John Leguizamo.[2]
  • Barbara is a spunky, red-haired princess warrior and barbarian who first appeared in Rayman Legends, becoming the first human being to be playable in the main series, simultaneously with another sister and eight other cousins who can be rescued throughout Legends. She is armed with a flail battle axe, whose head can be launched forward from the shaft to strike foes from a distance, and uses a magical winged helmet to float through the air, mimicking Rayman's helicopter hair ability. Barbara also returns in Rayman Adventures, having cut her long hair to neck level and exchanged her axe with a shovel.
  • Betilla the Fairy is a benevolent fairy. After failing to stop Mister Dark steal the Great Protoon, Betilla assists Rayman in his quest by granting him various new abilities as the game progresses. Betilla reappears in a similar role and with a new design in Rayman Origins, where it is revealed she was the one who created Rayman.
  • Ly the Fairy is a benevolent fairy who assists Rayman through the course of the second game. She is voiced by Kim Michelle Broderick.
  • Murfy serves as a guide to Rayman. He has a hasty nature, unable to deal with failure. He appears bored with his job and cannot be bothered with trivial details. His race is depicted as mischievous and described as "cultivated hedonist". He is voiced by Billy West.

ReceptionEdit

Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
Rayman (JAG) 85%[3][a]
(SAT) 85%[4][a]
(GBA) 84/100[5]
(PC) 77%[6][a]
(PS1) 75%[7][a]
(DSi) 66%[8][a]
(iOS) 60%[9][a]
Rayman 2: The Great Escape (DC) 93%[10][a]
(PC) 91%[11][a]
(N64) 90/100[12]
(PS2) 90/100[13]
(PS1) 87%[14][a]
(3DS) 61/100[15]
(NDS) 58/100[16]
(iOS) 53/100[17]
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (GBA) 83/100[18]
(GC) 77/100[19]
(PS2) 76/100[20]
(Xbox) 75/100[21]
(PC) 74/100[22]
(PS3) 72/100[23]
(X360) 69/100[24]
Rayman Origins (Wii) 92/100[25]
(Vita) 88/100[26]
(X360) 87/100[27]
(PS3) 87/100[28]
(PC) 86/100[29]
(3DS) 71/100[30]
Rayman Legends (WIIU) 92/100[31]
(XONE) 91/100[32]
(PS3) 91/100[33]
(PS4) 90/100[34]
(X360) 90/100[35]
(PC) 89/100[36]
(Vita) 87/100[37]
(NS) 84/100[38]

Since his debut in 1995 on the Atari Jaguar, Rayman has become a popular video game character, along with his trademark helicopter power and lack of limbs.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i GameRankings score

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide". 1996. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Video Game Characters That Are Blue ⋆ Gamer Problems". gamerproblems.net. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
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  8. ^ "Rayman (DSiWare) Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Rayman Classic Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Rayman 2: The Great Escape Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Rayman 2: The Great Escape Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Rayman 2: The Great Escape Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Rayman 2 Revolution Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Rayman 2: The Great Escape Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Rayman 3D Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  16. ^ "Rayman DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Rayman 2: The Great Escape Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  18. ^ "Rayman 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  19. ^ "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  21. ^ "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  22. ^ "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  23. ^ "Rayman 3 HD Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  24. ^ "Rayman 3 HD Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  25. ^ "Rayman Origins Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  26. ^ "Rayman Origins Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  27. ^ "Rayman Origins Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  28. ^ "Rayman Origins Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  29. ^ "Rayman Origins Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  30. ^ "Rayman Origins Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  31. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  32. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  33. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  34. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  35. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  36. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  37. ^ "Rayman Legends Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  38. ^ "Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2012.

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