Game Review: Rayman Origins
Released by Ubisoft
I've never encountered Rayman before - even though he appeared on the scene
back in 1995.
However, if this latest platformer is anything to go by, I'll certainly be
seeking out some of his former outings.
The side scrolling game, which can accommodate four players in total, sees
Rayman having to fight off enemies in levels, gather up "Electoons" (a kind of
emoticon but I'm guessing they couldn't use that exact name), Lums (a kind of
firefly creature with a sunshiney glow) and free the Nymphs of the world after
an Underworld granny is disturbed and unleashes her minions upon them.
And that description will tell you everything you need to know about Rayman -
if you'd not met him before.
The cartoonish graphics are perhaps best described as demented and
reminiscent in some ways of Ren and Stimpy; however, Rayman Origins is very,
very playable and ever so slightly addictive in its madness. Whether it's
bounding around collecting lums, blasting grannies or climbing on mosquitos and
shooting through the skies, there's a collective lunacy to this French based
game which is highly endearing and utterly addictive.
Each level has several aims within - you have to either collect a certain
number of Lums, achieve a time goal or get through unscathed. It means each
level rewards multi plays and if you're just short of a target number, you'll
bound right back into it straight away.
Rayman Origins is at heart, a really good fun platformer - with the multi
player options, different animation and ease of play, it's great fun right from
the get go for gamers of any age - and for those who've never been part of the
franchise, it's a great leaping in point.