Rayman Origins - 3DS/2DS

Also known as: Rayman Origins: Collector's Edition

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Rayman Origins (3DS/2DS)
Also for: PC, PSVita, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 8 Jun 2012 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Connectivity: StreetPass


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We remember a time when Rayman was not all about Rabbids. Do you remember a time when Rayman was not all about Rabbids? Luckily for all of us, Ubisoft hasn’t forgotten the limbless hero’s roots, and neither has creator Michel Ancel - like many things in this crazy gaming generation, all Rayman really needed was some time out.

That has led to another franchise reboot in Rayman Origins. But don’t be concerned, gentle reader, because this is a true return to the series’ classic 2D platforming roots. The art style, the enemies, the frustratingly challenging level design... it’s all present and correct.

Hand-drawn environments and characters beam with colourful and endearing animations. You notice this more when playing the game with multiple players - up to three of your mates can join you in your quest to collect blue orbs and punch various cartoon creatures in the face. Seeing big friendly blob thing Globox ‘crouch’ by squishing his entire body into the floor is both crazy and genuinely chuckle-worthy.

50 stages full of 2D platforming, with new paths to unlock will keep you at this game for a long time to come. Together, you’ll ultimately need to work hard to restore the Glade of Dreams and protect it from the evil Darktoons.