Experience the magical universe of Rayman with legendary 2D gameplay that has captured the hearts of millions of fans!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (931 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 29, 2012

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"Still one of the best platformers on PC, Rayman should need very little introduction. Colourful, creative and always brings a smile."
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About This Game

Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil®, and the Raving Rabbids®, returns to his roots to bring us Rayman® Origins: a high-definition, 2D side-scrolling, platforming adventure with full four-player co-op!

Play Rayman Origins and discover or rediscover the magical universe and legendary 2D gameplay that captured the hearts of millions of fans...

When the Glade of Dreams is overrun by “nefurrious” Darktoons, the Fairy Council hastily invokes Rayman to save the day; but the hero of light isn’t quite all there…To help him, Rayman teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together, the world’s most hilarious team of heroes will need to restore peace to the Glade, or watch as their beloved home vanishes like a bad dream...

Key Features

  • Rebirth of a Platforming Legend: It’s been 15 years since the initial launch of Rayman. Rayman Origins brings back many of the classic characters, revived in their original 2D form, as well as a whole new world of characters and environments.
  • Four-Player, Jump-In/Jump-Out, Co-op Gameplay: Play as Rayman in the solo campaign, or have up to three friends jump in at any time to play as Globox or as one of the two Teensies. Players can leave at any time without affecting the others’ progression.
  • Unique Approach to 2D Art: A rich world with over 100 characters and 12 unique environments created by some of the video gaming’s most reputed artists and animators. This creative approach to 2D design will recapture the hearts of platformer fans and introduce a new generation to one of the industry’s best-loved characters in his original 2D form.
  • A Vast Playground: Rayman Origins includes over 60 levels of 2D platforming gameplay designed for all ages and playing styles. Unlock new abilities progressively and return to previous levels to discover new paths and secrets.
  • Variety of Gameplay: Rayman Origins is a platformer at its core, but it has elements of many game genres. Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies gain unique abilities as they progress through the adventure, including swimming, diving and the sensational “HairlyCopter.” The game also features many elements of action, adventure, and beat-’em-up gameplay.
  • Epic Boss Fights: A giant pink monster with hundreds of eyes... A possessed, mountainous golem... An evil daisy-cum-carnivorous plant...Rayman Origins will put players to the test with these and many more challenging boss battles!
  • A Handful of Highly Talented Artists and Engineers: Rayman Origins was developed by the UBIart team in Montpellier and is built on an open-source game engine - the UBIart Framework - designed by Michel Ancel to allow much smaller teams of artists and developers to produce incredibly high-quality graphics and gameplay quickly and efficiently. This garage-game approach has led to great strides in creativity and innovation.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP / Windows Vista® / Windows® 7 (only)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or 1.8 GHz AMD Athlon™ 64 3000+
    • Memory: 1 GB Windows XP / 1.5 GB Windows Vista, 7
    • Video Card: 128 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card or higher* (see supported list)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
    *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
    • ATI Radeon™ X600 XT – HD 2600 XT series
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 GT – 8600 GT series
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP / Windows Vista® / Windows® 7 (only)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo E4400 or 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon™ X2 3800+ or better
    • Memory: 2 GB recommended
    • Video Card: 128 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card or higher* (see supported list)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
    *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
    • ATI Radeon™ X600 XT – HD 2600 XT series
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 GT – 8600 GT series
    Minimum:
    • Mac OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • RAM: 4.0 GB
    • Video Card: 256MB
    • Peripherals Supported: USB keyboard, mouse, optional controller
    Supported Video Cards:
    • The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.
    Recommended:
    • Mac OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • RAM: 8.0 GB
    • Video Card: 512MB
    • Peripherals Supported: USB keyboard, mouse, optional controller
    Supported Video Cards:
    • The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Rayman Origins is just as the name suggests, a return to the origins of the franchise, which started as a 2D platformer, and also brings back a few of the earliest designs and concepts used in the first Rayman game.
I fell in love with Rayman after playing Rayman 2: The Great Escape, and after that, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.
I never actually played the original Rayman more than the first level, i did not enjoy it, i am not a 2D platformer person.
But since this year marks Rayman's 20th birthday, i decided to play this game, and wanted to actually finish it, which i did.

The game is very enjoyable, even for someone who doesn't really plays 2D platforming games, i can even call it very fun.
It has lots of levels, with different themes, and different playstyle to many of the levels, like running levels, where you must be as fast as possible to reach an enemy/cage/etc, there are shooting levels, where you fly on a mosquito that shoots, plain old classic platforming levels, as well as boss fights, which you must avoid the boss' attacks, and then hit him in a weak spot.
The engine could use some polishing, but it works just fine, except some parts where you might get stuck on a ledge or stuck inside an enemy, but these are pretty rare and not noticable.
The level design is very well done, and requires skill and thought, where you cant just sprint and jump through the obstacles and enemys, and it contains lots of funny and very creative themes to them.
As you progress through the game, you gain abilities like flying, shrinking and diving, and you always end up using one or the other after unlocking them, so kudos to Ubisoft for not forgetting that they implement some features and forgetting to actually make you use them.
the game took me about 10 hours; its not very long but its definately worth its 10 dollar price tag.
I recommend the game to any platforming fan, and ofcourse, Rayman fan, but dont expect anything like the 3D games.

In conclusion, i really like the game, its fun, its intuitive in the current market, and its Rayman, meaning it contains lots of humor and an interesting storyline (although kinda confusing at times).
Its not the Rayman i wanted, but its still very fun.

P.S. it also contains a local co-op options, but since i'm lonely, i couldn't really try it, so i didn't write about it, but i bet it would be lots of fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Rayman Origins doesn't deviate from the traditional 2D platformer formula, the main way in which it evolves the genre is by setting a new standard of refinement and polish high above the state of the art in every respect. It distinguishes itself by the extraordinary quality of the gameplay, flow and pacing, level design, difficulty balance, controls, variety, visuals, soundtrack, ... It excels at all of that. If you could only play a single platformer in your life, this would be my recommendation.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Beautiful and fun game that's quite accessible even to people who suck at platformers (like me), however if you're not really good & don't like replaying levels to get better rating you won't get access to last levels of the latter areas. I personally ended on the fight with the red boss that you unlock at 90 pink-lady-things and just didn't feel like trying over and over again so I quit. Which is not really a problem since there's not really a story so I don't feel like I missed something that would tarnish my enjoyment of this game.

+ controls feel ok
+ stages are beautiful
+ characters are cute, especially the wizard thing dude
+ good music (personally I liked the music from the water stages the most)
+ no uPlay if that bothers you
+ you can get through most of this game even if you're not good at platformers

- but if you're not good there are some frustrating parts... well, that was pretty much expected though so~

_ half of a golden sloth _
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
It's hard not be charmed by Rayman Origins. It has a sort of party atmosphere, with its bright colors, upbeat music, and surreal shenanigans that keep it charming almost all the way. Almost. The graphics are probably some of the sharpest 2d environments seen in a platformer, with a bizarre cartoony look that's not like much else.

At its heart, Rayman is a collecting platformer, where you try and collect thingies (lums) to free thingies (electoons), though there's a secondary thingie (skull teeth) you can collect in special challenge levels to unlock another thingie (an extra hard series of stages). As such, if you want to hit every note, you'll be repeating stages to make a better time or to collect more thingies, and your opinion on that may very. Overall, though, you don't have to sweat that too much, and those that can put their collection impulses on hold can charge through the game for the most part.

With a variety of moves and skills to unlock, most of the levels become a breezy delight, hovering, running up walls, bouncing off of enemies, etc. In my opinion, it comes very close to dethroning the kings of platforming, save for two issues: the levels can be long, and towards the latter half the game can lean towards being surprisingly tough. Seperately neither of these would be an issue, but together they can deal out some real frustration towards the end of the game. The long levels mean it can lean on being repetitive within a larger world, but each world is varied and often come up with some really great gimmicks, floating through updrafts or sliding down waterfalls. (Note to the developers, though: ice levels where you slide everywhere are not fun.) Annoyingly, the game has a tendency to ask you if you want to switch levels if you die too many times, which it will do over and over - some of the final levels had that pop up occur six or seven times, and when you're just trying to progress, it's rather irritating. An option to turn that reminder off would have been pretty welcome. Contrary to that, though the challenge levels can be similarly tough, their short length and breakneck pace thankfully turn them into one of the highlights of the game. At its best, the game has you charging through areas in a fashion you'd expect of a AAA theme park game, while at no point holding your hand.

Ultimately, though, whether you just get a taste or collect every bit, Origins is worth your time. If you can affort Legends, it's a better game that mitigates many of Origins' flaws, but since Origins is often available for just a few bucks during the seasonal sales, it's absolutely worth it. For those with a distaste for UPlay, you can also relax in the fact Origins doesn't use it at all. It's a rare "pure" sort of game from a big developer, with no DLC shenanigans or anti-piracy measures. (This may also be due to the fact it got a government grant for its development...)

Give it a shot, you should at least get a smile out of it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I swear this game has more spikes in it than VVVVVV could ever dream of having.

4/4
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