Rayman (1995) (Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, PS1, GBA, PC) Review

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The recent Rayman games Origins and Legends have gotten a lot of praise since they have been released and they are very popular among both old and new fans of the series, I recently ordered a copy of Rayman 2 and I’m still waiting on that to arrive and while I am waiting I figured it would be a good idea to revisit the original game and too see if it still holds up today.

 

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Rayman has a fairly simple plot, Mr Dark steals a ball of energy called the Great Protoon, due to the Great Protoon being taken away smaller balls of energy called the Electoons are scattered across the land and are stuffed into cages by Mr Dark’s minions, a local magician calls upon Rayman to find and rescue all of the Electoons and to defeat Mr Dark returning the Great Protoon back to its resting place.

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Rayman is an action/adventure platformer with a twist, your job is not too simply get to the end of each stage but too also find and rescue six Electoons in every level.

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This may seem like a farily easy task but I guarantee that this will be one of the most difficult games you have ever played, Rayman has no mercy not only are the majority of the cages hidden in ridiculous locations but most of them require you to find small sparks in order to make the cages appear and these sparks are very easy to miss due to their small size, for example one stage requires the player to jump off a cliff to a cloud below, they then need to crawl under a small spike covered roof and then fight a rock troll only to be brought to a dead end, the player will need to walk to the left wall and look up they will then see the spark which they must jump up to grab, they now need to back track to the top of the cliff where the cage will be waiting.

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Not only is getting the cages difficult but the general game play will also provide quite a challenge, the world that surrounds Rayman may seem innocent but almost everything is out to kill you, Mr Dark’s Minions are not too dangerous as most of the time they can be taken out with a couple of punches, the biggest threat is the environment I tended to be killed the most by pitfalls and spikes as this is a very difficult platformer which requires precise jumps and good reflexes in order for you too survive.

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But fear not as a fairy called Betilla will help Rayman through out his quest by occasionally giving him new powers.

  • Telescopic fist: This ability allows Rayman to attack his enemies by literally throwing his fist.
  • Hanging: This ability allows Rayman to hang off of ledges, this is very useful for helping rayman reach far platforms as well as avoiding enemy attacks
  • Grappling Fist: This ability allows Rayman to swing from these floating pink and red rings, some sections of the game require this ability to complete
  • Helicopter: This ability allows Rayman to hover temporarily
  • Running: This ability allows Rayman to sprint

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Rayman does have its fair share of Boss fights, all of these battles are very creative and each is unique in how it attacks and how it can be defeated, my favorite battle is against the Mosquito in world 1.

With a game as difficult as this tight and responsive controls are extremely important, luckily Rayman’s controls are perfect, the game runs smoothly with responsive controls so if you die it will always be your fault no matter how difficult the game gets.

Graphically the game looks outstanding, the game goes for a cartoon style look and it really pays off, it suits the silly atmosphere of the game perfectly some of the finer details really help the game feel more realistic than it needs too which is a nice touch, while playing you will notice plants blowing in the wind and when Rayman steps on a light platform you can see the effect that his weight has on those platforms, these days such small details may not seem too special but for a game that came out over 20 years ago this is very impressive.

Even more impressive is the games soundtrack, this is in my opinion the best part of the game and its definitely what I look forward too the most when I play, you can sense the amount of love that went into every track in the game, almost every world uses a different music style to help fit the atmosphere from the charming and happy music of the first world all the way to the rock and roll soundtrack that accompanies the final boss all of it is amazing.

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The original Rayman is one of the greatest games ever made, sure its hard and it can be a real pain in the butt especially when it comes to collecting all of the cages, but with all that aside you still have a fantastic platformer and if collecting the cages is putting you off playing the game then I recommend you use the cheat to unlock em all because honestly that’s what I usually do as I hate collecting the cages and some of them are just too hard to find which is the games only real flaw.

Different Versions of the game obviously do have some big differences due to console restrictions but if you want to play the game in all its glory I recommend either you pick it up on PS1, PSN or PC, some of the handheld versions of the game are very restrictive but the best version in opinion is the GBA port (Rayman Advance), its lacking in the awesome soundtrack, and a few levels are completely missing but apart from that everything is essentially the same and I recommend picking it up as its quite cheap.

Rayman still holds up today and is still mostly a fantastic game the only problem is how cryptic getting some of the cages can be, other than that this is a game I highly recommend

8.6/10

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Rugrats Studio Tour (PS1) Review

Back in my youth I had a slight obsession with the Rugrats I used to own all of the videos and I had posters all over my room, I also remember owning quite a few Rugrats video games which as a kid they were amazing but when I come back to most of them as an Adult I seem to find issues which I never noticed before, on the bright side a few of them still remain to be pretty fun and one of those fun games is Rugrats Studio Tour for the Playstation 1.

Story

Tommy, Dil, Chuckie, Phil, lil, Angelica and Susie are all going on a movie studio tour but while they are there the Rugrats get up to their usual antics and they wander off by themselves, In the process of them leaving the grown-ups they lose Dil and he gets locked behind a door and the security guard loses the keys it doesn’t help that Dil took them off of him before he got locked in. The Rugrats want to get Dil back so they go around the movie studio to find keys that will fit in the door so that they can save Baby Dil.

Game play

So the babies venture off on their adventure through the movie studio to save Dil luckily while you a controlling the characters the controls are not too bad their not perfect though I do personally find them be a little bit loose but let that put you off playing this game. While playing through the game you will have to play as each of the characters which each have their owned themed world.

Phil and Lil- Diapers of thunder

Diapers of thunder is a race car themed world all of the levels consist of kart races this is one of my favorite worlds because its sort of like a crappy version of Mario Kart  instead of mushrooms, turtle shells and banana peels get ready to use baby bottles, eat cookies and throw diapers.

Angelica- Captain Cookies

Pirate Themed world

Treasure hunt scenes- Collect a specific amount of Reptar bars or you may have to open a big chest, don’t forget to avoid the evil Crab and the evil Clown Dolls

Treasure collecting scenes- Play as Angelica, Tommy, Chuckie and Tommy in these areas and collect as much treasure as you can before the timer runs out

Pirate Golf Scene-To win you must pot under par or on par you can also win keys by collecting a certain number of Reptar bars you play as all of the Rugrats in this area

Footrace scene- This the same as the Phil and Lil levels only difference is Angelica is on foot to get the key come first place.

Tag scene- Simply a game of tag, tag all of the babies to win a key

Susie- Lazy Saddles

Western Themed World

Gold Mine Scenes- To win keys the player must collect Reptar bars or collect all of the gold in the Level, There is a time limit in each area you can play as Tommy, Susie and Chucky

Round up Scenes- The player must round up all of the animals within a time limit to win keys in this area you can play as Susie, Angelica, Chuckie and Spike (Tommy’s Pet dog)

Western Golf Scenes- Same as the Pirate version just western themed either score par or below/ collect a certain number of Reptar bars to win keys

Milk Squirting Scenes- Get ready aim and fire milk at moving targets to win keys, I find the game hard to control when doing this as the controls feel all stiff for some reason.

Chuckie- outside Space (Pretty creative name right there)

A space themed world

Loonie Lander Scenes- What the hell is a loonie lander? That’s what my first thoughts were when I heard the name of this scene out turns out it some sort of alien hover craft damn I was hoping for something more awesome. Drive around and collect all of the aliens to win keys in this area you play as Chuckie, Tommy, Lil and Angelica

Zero Gees Scenes- Aliens have taken over your spacecraft. Escape to win a Key or by collecting Reptar Bars. Play as Chuckie, Phil and Susie

Lazy Beam Scenes Beam Scenes to win a key you must shoot lasers at targets this is similar to the milk squirting games

Tommy- Once you collect enough keys you can enter the final place where you will have to finish 2 games before you can find Dil.

Shirley Lock Holmes- There are two parts to this level in Part 1 you must play as angelica and find 4 keys which you can use to open the big door and in Part 2 you must climb a huge bookcase to find Dil too bad he enters another scene

Okey Dokey Jones- Play as Tommy and Follow the paths to find Dil

Reptar Scene- Reptar is a big green Dinosaur and for some reason he is pretty pissed at the Babies because he wants to eat them I guess its revenge for eating all the Reptar bars. Drive the Reptar Wagon and escape his evil clutches

 

Graphics

For a Ps1 game I have got to admit I am impressed, the graphics could have been improved when comparing to games such as Metal Gear but come on its Rugrats there is not exactly such a hype for Rugrats games and trust me compared to a lot of other Rugrats games the graphics are at least nice enough to not make you want to throw up so yeah well done game.

Music

Now the music I’m not so impressed with, ok I will admit the music is not terrible I just find it to be a little bit basic compared to other PS1 games, I understand that there may not have been a big budget for the making of this game and I guess since there was no computer software back then to electronically make the music it’s not too bad it just could be better in my opinion.

Final Verdict

I never thought I would say this about a Rugrats game but this one is worth buying, the controls may feel a little stiff and loose in some parts and the music isn’t brilliant but the overall game play is fun and that’s one of the most important factors to a video game so if you have a PS1 I recommend giving this game ago especially if you have kids. I am going to rate Rugrats Studio Tour a 7/10 because it may not be perfect but it sure is pretty damn good

I hope you enjoyed this review of Rugrats Studio Tour this is my opinion of the game if you respect my opinion I will respect yours.

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This review was written by Dan