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Fun, happy, beautiful game!
on March 19, 2014
Rayman Origins is a wonderful platform game.
First off, you can tell the game designers really enjoyed working on the game. This translates to me being tickled with it, too. Every aspect of the game is given full attention to detail, leading to an immersive experience.
Graphics- While playing I had the sense that I was running, jumping, and flying my way through artwork. Yes, it's 2D, but everything is so beautifully designed, colorful, and lush. Every level has it's own background, which whenever I noticed it I paused to take a longer look. Honestly, the beauty of the game is one of my favorite things about it.
Sound- The music also varies with each of the various "lands" you visit during the game. Even within each "land" the music seems to be specially tailored for individual levels. It's cheerful, fun, and again even beautiful. As with the art, I've found myself sitting back just to enjoy the music from time to time.
Gameplay- While a fairly straightforward platform game (2D, run and jump over obstacles, and smash the bad guys), there are a number of aspects that bump Rayman to a higher level. First of all, you gradually unlock different powers that allow you to explore more than just what is to your left and right. Eventually, you'll be flying, jumping off of walls, and running upside down! This often gives you a choice of how to get from one place to another or how to beat a baddie that is unusually liberating for a platform game. Levels also vary from giving you your time to explore, racing levels where you are constantly avoiding obstacles, and flying levels where you ride the back of mosquitoes. Also, each level can be replayed to find and free all the electoons (flightless fairies?), or to race through it for a trophy. The result is that even with a ton of levels to play through it constantly feels fresh.
Overall, the game is an absolute pleasure to play. While certainly great for kids, the level of quality would make the game more than worth it for any age. (I look forward to trying out Rayman Legends next!)