Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #19 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today’s game is one I remember quite well from my childhood and it’s one of the hardest platforming games I’ve played. Today we’re talking but the classic that is Rayman!
Rayman was released in 1995 for the Atari Jaguar and Sony Playstation, it was later ported to the PC, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, Playstation Network and DSiWare. The version we’ll be talking about is the Playstation version.
Rayman is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as the title character Rayman, who must travel through six worlds to free all of the caged Electoons, of which six are located somewhere on each level. Only when all the Electoons are freed will Rayman be able to reach and confront Mr. Dark at his lair in Candy Chateau. Each world has one of Mr. Dark’s boss minions which Rayman must also defeat. You must traverse the levels and reach the end goal, a signpost with an exclamation mark on it. Since all of the game’s levels in the game are divided into several parts, the goal post also acts as a transition to the following part of a level.
You’re given a certain amount of lives, which are lost when Rayman is hit by an enemy or falls into water or a pit. If all lives are lost at any point, the “Game Over” screen will appear, in which you can continue or quit playing. Scattered around each level are small, sparkling blue spheres called Tings. If Rayman picks up 100 , he gains an extra life and the counter resets to 0. When Rayman dies, he loses all of the Tings he collected. You’ll also will come across a variety of other power-ups and bonuses, such as a golden fist, a faster punching fist, a power to restore Rayman’s lost life energy, and flying blue elves that will shrink Rayman down in size to access new areas. Tings can also be used to pay a Magician found on certain levels to enter a bonus stage, in which Rayman can win an extra life if he collects all of the Tings within a certain amount of time.
In early stages of the game, Rayman has the ability to walk, crawl and make silly faces. He obtains additional powers during the game (telescopic punching, holding onto ledges, grappling onto flying rings, flying with his hair as helicopter blades, and running) from Betilla the Fairy, while others are given temporarily from his friends that are used for a specific levels only.
Man Rayman takes me back, it was one of the first games I played on the Playstation along with Crash Bandicoot and Spyro. I don’t quite recall where I was when I first played this game but I do remember so much about the game from its visual presentation to is really awesome soundtrack, but the main thing I remember about the game was its difficulty. This game was HARD! Now bare in mind when I was 8 or 9 years old I was never a master at platforming games, I’d never really finished any of my own games in that genre so playing Rayman was like walking into the danger zone for me. I died so many times in a lot of the early level due to poor jumping, rushing ahead or getting attacked by enemies without knowing how defeat them. I failed so much so I’ve always been a little bitter towards Rayman haha.
Besides my failure I did have a lot of fun with this game. The gameplay was fun and I loved Rayman’s punch, just winding up and releasing it on an enemies face is still one of the best things ever. Also travelling on giant plums across water, riding on big mosquitos and bouncing from place to place was fab. And that funny little jingle that played when you completed a level is one of the best things in any video game ever! It was extremely colourful, vivid and unique. I loved the art style and animation, Rayman and the enemies were always making me laugh due to their strange movements and each world that Rayman travelled to was different had something new to check out. The music was also great having a lot of variety and was able to move from bright and happy to more dangerous sounding songs. I liked the sound effects, they were straight out of a cartoon and the sounds were used in some levels were there wasn’t any music so there was great sense of atmosphere with the sound effects were in play.
So in conclusion Rayman for the Playstation was one of those great platforming games of the 90s that was just badass. While I didn’t get too far in it myself I’ve seen others who have and for the short time I had with it I had fun. It is a classic now and I can’t believe it’s been around 18 years since the game came out, I feel right old just thinking about it. If you haven’t experienced this yet go do it now, it’s great nostalgic fun.
Well there’s another game review done only 11 more to go! If you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I’ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo! 😀