Retro gaming has seen a renaissance through download services such as XBLA, PSN and Virtual Console. But in celebrating 15 years of Rayman, Ubisoft has gone beyond ‘retro’ to create perhaps its most beautiful and accessible platformer yet.
The latest 2D adventure started as an episodic download homage to classic Rayman but the French developers switched to a disc-based release when they realised it was simply too big a prospect. The side-scroller features over 60 levels with stunning hand-drawn visuals, including local co-op play for up to four players.
The game’s drop-in mode allows friends and family to team up and join Rayman as Globox and the Teensie Wizards, while a multiplayer mode, quirky humour and easy-to-learn control system will certainly have a broad appeal with casual gamers, strengthening the Rayman brand which has currently sold over 20 million units worldwide.The game is set in the Glade of Dreams, a world created and shaped by its creator, the Bubble Dreamer.
When his nightmares start to fill the environments with evil creatures, it is up to Rayman and his friends to bring peace to the Glade, solving its amusing puzzles and tackling the difficult bosses together.
Music plays in sync with the gameplay, creating the feel of a cartoon that spans 12 unique environments. Sound effects accompany every movement from Rayman, so whether he walks, flies or swims, the game feels fluid and looks beautiful.
This reboot of the Rayman series of course comes after a number of successful Rabbids spinoff titles, and Origins will further bolster the reputation of Ubisoft’s first franchise.
With a simultaneous multi-format release, the game should secure a high-profile slot in the sales charts this winter.