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Rayman Legends Review: A Delightful Platformer for all Ages

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm by Justin Cavender

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Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends splashes onto your TV and into your heart. This beautifully crafted platformer features charming characters, silly music, gorgeous scenery, and challenging stages to boot. Rayman Legends delivers the complete package, filled with countless hours of fun and festive levels to feed your gaming addiction. So sit back and enjoy your journey with Rayman, Globox, and several other lovable characters as you venture through magical worlds to save the helpless Teensies.

Sensory Overload

When you play Rayman Legends you might find yourself captivated by all the pretty colors and detailed backgrounds. It really doesn’t matter if you’re swinging on vines in a lush forest, or crawling through a dark dungeon, each stage is loaded with eye candy. There’s always something happening on your screen even when your hero is standing still.

As with every platformer, the hero starts at one end of the stage and has to fight their way to the other side. Of course, that includes collecting items while avoiding the pitfalls and calamities each stage has to offer. Rayman Legends adds to this highly successful formula with its adorable characters (bad guys included) and ingenuity.

Trial and error does seem to be a factor from time to time, but for the most part, timing is everything. Whether you’re jumping, floating, dashing, climbing, or attacking, you won’t have much time to think. Instead, just go with your gut, and you’ll be surprised at how many secrets you’ll uncover. Ultimately, you’re trying to free your captured buddies, collect Lums, and unlock new heroes and worlds.

Rayman Legends Group

Excellent Use of the GamePad

Rayman Legends on Wii U supports up to 5 players, so you and your friends can make the journey together. Flying solo still provides hours of fun, although teamwork can lead to freeing more Teensies and unlocking collectibles. Using the GamePad, you can manipulate the environment and provide safe passage for your friends.

During single player modes, there are certain stages where the computer A.I. will control a character while you turn your focus to the GamePad. When this happens, you are now in control of Murfy, a tiny flying hero with the power to save the day. Murfy is instrumental in leading the A.I. controlled character to safety. Tapping on the GamePad, dragging your finger across the screen, or even tilting the controller allows Murfy to interact with the environment. Depending on your actions, he’ll distract enemies, move objects, or clear a path. The entire process is super simple and fun to watch.

Replay Value is Off the Charts

Each stage has several Teensies that need rescuing, and they are easily overlooked during the chaos. Typically, I found myself racing to the finish of each stage, only to return a second or third time to collect everything I missed. Doing so also gives you a chance to enjoy all the eye candy I mentioned earlier. The level of detail on every stage deserves your attention.

The game features over 100 levels with 700 Teensies that need rescuing. If you’re the type of gamer that has to find everything to play a game to its completion, you’ll have your hands full. I’m scared to think about all the hours I’ve spent in the last two days playing this silly game, and I’ve only scratched the surface.

Daily and Weekly Challenge Modes are fun ways to measure your skills against other players. I spent at least two hours trying to chip away at the competition in scoring my best time. I managed to rank second place in a daily challenge and felt pretty good about it. Leaderboards and statistics are easily accessible when tracking your progress. If you feel particularly special about your accomplishments or record-breaking time, you can post a screenshot on Miiverse.

Rayman Legends Barbara

Final Thoughts

Rayman Legends is a nearly perfect game and fun for all ages. I’m both shocked and amazed at how much I enjoyed this game without caring one bit about the story or lack thereof. All you need to know is that your friends are in trouble and it’s up to you to save the day. Sound simple enough, right? Wait until the later stages when your head starts spinning and suddenly things just start to click. It’s like seeing the code in The Matrix—suddenly everything just comes together and you’re witnessing a thing of beauty.

There are times when the A.I. controlled character seems to mess things up. Maybe it didn’t jump when it was supposed to or zigged when it should have zagged. Depending on how passionate you are, this could lead to some frustrating times ahead. Chances are it was probably user error. At least, that’s what I tell myself so I try harder next time. The GamePad is too expensive to throw out the window and replace.

Presentation: 10

Gameplay: 9

Replay: 10

LEGACY SCORE: 9.6

This review is based on a retail copy of the Wii U version of Rayman Legends provided by Ubisoft.

Geek Legacy’s review scores are on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest possible score.

This review is part of Geek Legacy’s Wii U WheelHouse campaign. Our goal is to provide insight into all the great games Nintendo’s Wii U has to offer.

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    • LoveMeSomeGlobox

      Sweet! Rayman games are always a blast. I’m not sure why I didn’t pre-order this game. I’ll have to get it on PS3 though.

      • NeeNUGamer

        I got it on 360 and played it all night. It seems so simple and yet I get so mad. Painfully awesome game.

    • Estefania

      We played the demo yesterday, and it’s great!! Love the music stage!

    • Ralph

      Awesome review. Got the game last night and LOVE it.

    • Charles

      My kids LOVE this game and unlike the bulk of the shit they like, I actually love it too. Great job Ubisoft.

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