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Rayman 2: The Great Escape Review

By Dave Flodine, on March 2, 2010


Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 1 Mar, 2010
  • Size: 237.7 MB
  • Price: $4.99
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Rating

PROS

  • A good port of a good game.
  • Lots to do.
  • Colourful and vibrant.

CONS

  • Major control issues.
  • Graphics look dated.

VERDICT

With the lack of decent 3D platformers on the iphone, it's good to see Rayman being ported over. If only the controls were better.


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Back when every developer and their dog was making 3D platformers, one of the standouts was the Rayman series by Ubisoft, with its ghost limbed protagonist and colourful world. The sequel made its way into 3D and has now been ported to the iphone. The Glade of Dreams has been taken over by robot pirates from outer space! They have imprisoned most of the locals. Rayman must collect the thousand Lums and reunite four magical masks to awaken the world spirit to get rid of the pirates.

Control is taken care of via a virtual analogue stick and two buttons, one for jump, one for attack. The controls can be kind of sticky and don't respond all that well, which is a shame for a platformer. The camera is a blessing though, simply moved around by the swipe of a finger. The levels consist of freeing captives, collecting Lums and exploring. Rayman shoots energy with his fists, but can throw kegs, and ride a plum as well.

The original Rayman 2 was released in 1999 and the 3D graphics show their age. The models are quite simple and the textures are muddy. The game is vibrant, and expressive however, with character designs being a highlight. The sound is quite memorable as well. The game contains forty five levels, with extra challenges and plenty to collect.

Rayman 2 could have been a great port if it wasn't for the control problems. Despite this, if you are nostalgic for this game, or enjoy platformers, it will make a nice addition to your iphone collection.

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