Review by Hank

"A visual treat. It's a fun game, too."

Rayman Advance is a port of the PlayStation, Saturn, and PC version. It includes everything from the original, but isn't as tough and the sound has been downgraded. Is it worth the purchase? Read on to find out.

Plot: Mr. Dark has imprisoned the Electoons and kidnapped Betila the Fairy, causing the world to fall into chaos. Rayman must stop Mr. Dark, save Betila the Fairy, and rescue the Electoons from their cages before it's too late.

Graphics: 10
Large, colorful sprites and backgrounds. The animation is superb, and colors rich and vivid. The backgrounds are like rich tapestries of color. The system seems to put out well over its limit. You'll be blown away at what the handheld can put out visually. Even now, some games still don't look as good as Rayman Advance does. It's what your eyes want.

Sound: 6
It can get pretty darn bad, not truly awful, but pretty bad. I know it's a handheld, but after listening to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 or Golden Sun, you'd know what I'm saying. The sound effects aren't too bad, except most enemies you kill make this horrible ''WHEE!'' sound when they fly off screen.

Control: 10
Control is possibly the most important factor in a game, and dead-on control is a must for this type of game. Fortunately, you won't have a problem controlling Rayman. The D-pad moves, the A button jumps, press A twice to hover downward for a few seconds, the B button shoots, the R button runs, that is, when you get the move, so until then, you can use R to have Rayman make a face and scare some enemies away.

Gameplay: 9
The game can get pretty rough at times, so you might not like the frustration factor, but you might enjoy taking on the challenge. Either way, you're in for a fun ride. There's 60 stages to complete, but they aren't broken up individually. There's a varied amount of stages between the (approx.) 25 selectable levels, and there's 6 cages in each level, so you have a long game.

Overall: 9
It was an excellent launch title, and is still an excellent game. There is one question, and that is if you should buy it or not. If you've never played the original, and you like platformers, it is. If your original doesn't work, and you liked it, it is. If you don't like platformers or you have the original version, it isn't.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 12/28/01, Updated 12/28/01

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