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.