Although there are quite a few good games with the Rayman name attached to it, Rayman has never quite reached the level of popularity or critical acclaim as everyone’s favorite Italian plumber or even Sega’s blue blur; but with the arrival of Rayman Origins the limbless wonder has really given the platforming genre a run for its money. Starting from the very first level, Rayman Origins delivers a non-stop thrill ride filled with creativeness not often seen in a video game world filled with killstreaks and curb-stomping. It will take pure dedication to acquire every Lum and find all the Electoons, but it is something that will be done with a smile on your face throughout because of the captivating visuals made possible by the UbiArt Framework and entrancing soundtrack from composer Christophe HÃ©ral.
The rich hand drawn environments and character design would be nothing without compelling gameplay to complement it, and thankfully that is a department that Rayman Origins delivers on by the boatload. The tight and responsive controls allow a feeling of freedom while exploring the wacky diverse world, while the acquiring of new abilities keeps the game feeling fresh as Rayman gains the power to glide through the air and climb up walls to name a few. There are also a few side scrolling shooter and underwater levels to boot that seem to arrive just when the game needs a little palate cleanser from the platforming madness.
Whether playing the game solo or with a few buddies, there is a lot to love about Rayman Origins. While the game does have a few flaws such as the inconsistent difficulty of the boss fights and having to go back to previous levels to find collectibles missed to move forward in the game, those details end up being a real non-issue because Rayman will have all his abilities when returning to former levels making them feel fresh and boss fights are few and far between.