The most remarkable thing about Rayman Legends is how consistently introduces new and unpredictable ideas over its roughly 12. hours of gameplay. This beautifully animated co-op platform starts out with a small set of abilities. But as you unlock the five uniquely themed worlds the stages playfully expand in unexpected ways.
Rayman starts up with a simple running, jumping and punching, but before you know it – you’re sneaking past by dozens of trip wires and deadly traps. Battling bosses or playing awesome challenging levels.
This game is a blast
I kept thinking that the constant variety couldn’t hold up. But surprisingly, each level of Rayman Legends looks more impressive than the last. Now, Rayman Origins looks great, but this sequel takes the original’s colourful and animated look and feels in new directions. The beautiful transitions and clever bosses look stunning, expressive and vibrant. The distinctly looney tunes quality of music and the grotesque enemies give a character and personality dispair. Even if there is not much story here. I love its subtle and inventive visual tricks that hide dozens of crafty secret areas in plain sight.
Compared to most platformers, the jump physics of Rayman tend to feel a little bit floaty. But I got used to it and grew to love it.
None of it ever feels frustrating thanks to some great atmosphere. And every time I thought I’ve found my personal favourite level, the next one came along and replaced it. The variety of sneaking through puzzle platform stages – playing a standard platformer or a shoot them up inspired gliding stage constantly kept me on my toes and eager to see what comes next. No matter what the challenge, they are all brilliantly designed and there is an incredible feeling of satisfaction when you clear each stage.
It’s easy to get confused about which character is yours since everyone shares the same screen and a lot of the character’s skin looks similar. To be fair though, no platformer has really solved this problem yet. Also, it is disappointing that there is no online coop play which means that other than some online leaderboards, Rayman Legends is stranded as a couch co-op game.
Rayman Legends is a delightful platform, and one of the best I’ve ever played. Thanks to clever level design that toys with genre conventions. It gets incredible mileage out of four basic moves, and great local co-op and dozens of unlockables including stages from the original Rayman Origins, special character skins and mini-games – there is a lot to do. The difficulty is so smoothly balanced that it is easy to play with kids and friends and you’ll still have a good time.