Rayman

PSX PlayStation Rayman Clear Case Long Box Black Label Retail Release

Clear Case Long Box Release

 

Genre:
Platformer
CDs:
1
Publisher:
Ubi Soft
Released:
September 7, 1995
Developer:
Ubi Soft
UPC:
0 08888 31001 3
Sony ID:
SLUS-00005
PSRM:
001110
Players:
1 Player
Memory:
1 Block
Accessories:
None
ESRB:
Kids to Adults No Descriptors
Box Copy:

Rayman has pushed the technology envelope to the limit!

This platform game is unlike anything you’ve seen or played before…

  • 65,000 eye-popping colors, 60 frames per second and up to four independently scrolling backdrops, all of which pull you into the screen and right into Rayman’s outrageous worlds!
  • Over 50 different characters that freak you out, crack you up, and give you the challenge of a lifetime!
  • Amazing powers which develop and accumulate as you progress through the game’s 70 different levels to help you ward off enemies and avoid some of the strangest encounters!
  • Six mind-boggling, bizarre worlds complete with different climates and jammed packed with hidden passages and traps leading to unexpected combats and rewards!
  • All this in CD quality sound with over 200 different sound effects!
  • Welcome to the Next Generation!

 

 

 

 

 

Variants

Rayman was also released in the plastic ridged long box.

Plastic Ridged Long Box Release

Released into the jewel case ranks.

Jewel Case Release

Released to the Greatest Hits.

Greatest Hits Release

Rayman’s Greatest Hits last known release changed the back of the manual to advertise Rayman 2.

Greatest Hits Variant with new ad on manual back, slightly darker GH bar

 

 

Misprints

  • There are no known misprints.

 

 

 

 

Review

If there was one thing the Saturn and PlayStation could at least have something of a fair fight at, it was the 2D platform game. Thankfully, both systems got a great, if slightly dented game out of the original Rayman.

First and foremost, this game still has, and always will have, some of the most beautifully drawn 2D animation in a console game. If you have a Component ready PStwo, by all means get this baby in there as soon as possible. Vibrant reds and oranges jump out at you as purples and lush green splash the landscape. Collected orbs sprinkle bits of sparkle as they’re collected, and characters animate like they were in a cartoon.
The object in Rayman is to rescue these quite little things called Electoons and then go stomp on the end boss, all while acquiring new powers along the way. Action involves punching, platform jumping and ledge hanging, minor puzzle elements involving giant plums, and the occasional ride on a friendly mosquito.

Don’t let the character designs fool you; Rayman isn’t a kid’s game. In fact, some levels can get down right frustrating. But these few areas give way to a more enjoyable, laid back game. You’ll get your money’s worth in trying to collect all the Electoons without using up all your Continues.

In going to back to review this game for the site, I find myself falling in love with the game again. It’s by no means a play-for-hours-on-end kind of game, but in increments here and there, it’s a very fun, and sometimes skill testing ride.

 

The Good

  • Still gorgeous, still inspiring
  • Level design and variety
  • Music is subtle, but pleasing

The Bad

  • Occasional insane difficulty spikes
  • Very few times feels like hit collision is off
Final Score: 8.5 – Great

An astonishing 2D platformer in a time when certain Sony execs wanted nothing to do with 2D on the platform. Despite its difficulty spikes, Rayman 1 is a testament to the era, and worthy of owning.

 

 

 

Screenshots

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Videos

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Trivia

  • Launched just before the system did, making it the first 2D side scrolling game for the system.
  • Rayman and his fellow characters have no linking body parts; they only have head, chest, hands, and feet.
  • The ‘Notes’ section in the back of the manual is lovingly referred to as the ‘Deep Dark Secrets’ section.
  • There are quite a few hidden animations in the game, including ones that involve the collectable mascots you rescue. To find all of the cages, sometimes you need to go around an area once, and when you come back, it’ll appear.
  • This version of Rayman is also available on the Saturn and Atari Jaguar. There was also a portable version available for the Game Boy Color.

 

 

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