Review by grans
"Classic Rayman fun!"
Ever played the very first Rayman? This is a spiritual sequel to that game. It's one of the best 2D platformers you can find on the GBA! And it holds its own magnificently well in comparison of the game's console counterparts which have little to nothing to do with the GBA game. So I present my review for the GBA version of Rayman 3!
The story is loosely based on themes from Rayman 2 and the console version of Rayman 3. Rayman and Globox are best friends. Unfortunately, Globox swallows an evil spirit called Andre Lord of the Dark Lums. It's here where the plot for the GBA Rayman 3 branches from the console version. The hoodlums are here to get their master back, but the robot pirates from Rayman 2 appear to try to kidnap Globox as well. So Globox becomes the key target of both villainous groups and Rayman must rescue him. The plot isn't nearly as good as the console version, but the hybrid of game characters does create more variety than there would be otherwise.
Some of the finest 2D graphics for the GBA are held in this game. All the backgrounds are hand-drawn and have a lot of cool scrolling effects to convey more depth. The sprites are very detailed as well. I'd say this game gives the original Rayman a run for it's money! There are also two types of race stages that take advantage of the GBA's rotating and scaling effects to create a flat 3d effect. The only problem is that the graphics and art later in the game get more bland than the beginning.
Sounds here were taken directly from Rayman 2. Almost all the music is remixed from Rayman 2. Even the characters speak in their charming Rayman 2 language "Raymanese". All in all, it's pleasing to the ears and gets the job done very well!
If you've ever played the first Rayman from 1995, you will likely be right at home with this game. If not, then know that this is a 2D platform game where you control an appendage-less hero called Rayman. His head, hands, torso, and feet just float in the air. You run, jump, and fight your way through a bunch of beautiful and fun levels to get to the end. Along the way, you will fight hoodlums (black lums encased within poorly-stitched clothes) and the robot pirates from Rayman 2. You will also need to collect yellow orbs called lums to progress to other worlds. Rayman can fly over gaps by using his hair as a helicopter, and use his fists to punch people and obstacles. The level design is designed to look like Rayman 2. There is little in common with the console version of Rayman 3 here. The 2d levels are just great and even the 3d water-skiing stage is pretty fun. But unfortunately, the Magma race level is not fun at all. It's very frustrating and controls terribly. But that's a small gripe in an otherwise great game!
This game is a perfect example of how to make a great sequel to a classic game. The graphics are awesome, the sound is great, and the gameplay remains true to the 1995 classic. I suggest you check this out. Even if you have the console version of Rayman 3, don't overlook this GBA version. It's completely different. So a great game I highly recommend!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/06/08
Game Release: Rayman 3 (US, 03/02/03)
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