A side-scroll sensation
Rayman Origins From: Ubisoft For: Multiplatform RRP: $ 100 Classification: G Score:
Rayman Origins could be one of the sleeper hits of 2011.
It’s a side-scrolling game platformer featuring one of game designer Michael Ancel’s most loved characters, Rayman (a character that has a body, hands and feet but no arms or legs).
Origins harks back to the series’ beginnings and sees Rayman having to free electoons (pink things) and nymphs from the evil darktoons and other nasties that have been set free by a grumpy granny who lives in the underworld beneath the Glade of Dreams where Rayman and his friend, Globox, live.
Origins sees Rayman boing- ing, bouncing and smashing his way through a variety of environments, avoiding dangerous obstacles, grumpy old men with walking sticks (who inflate like a balloon when jumped on) and skeletal hands that live at the bottom of waterways.
As Rayman progresses through the game world, his skills increase and he’s able to glide in mid-air, run up walls and shrink. The game also has four player co-op and other players can jump in and jump out whenever they like, and you also get to play as one of Rayman’s pals, with each one unlocked as you progress.
One of the most striking things about Rayman Origins is the stunning art style: it almost looks hand-drawn, with vibrant colours, lush worlds to visit and whimsical touches. Rayman has to punch eyeballs guarding doors to progress to the next point. And the pivots he uses to swing over chasms extend arms to help him.
But it’s also a game where precision is needed when jumping from platform to platform – otherwise you’ll find yourself landing on top of something with spikes or pinched by the spindly hands at the bottom of waterways, causing Rayman to blow up like a balloon then explode. Thankfully, Rayman has plenty of lives because you’ll miss jumps umpteen times.
Thanks to the co-operative play Rayman Origins is great fun played with friends and, seriously, if you’re a fan of sidescrollers and want to play one of this generation’s best, play Rayman Origins. You won’t be disappointed.
Rayman Origins: One of this generation’s best side-scroll games.