I lost the original CD years ago, but I've been watching some videos of the game and I felt like really nostalgic.
The game was absolutely awesome, had amazingly well designed and animated graphics, a fantastic soundtrack and old school gameplay which sometimes made me rip my hair off but overall it was a really satisfying experience.
If I recall correctly, it was one of the last 2D platformers to come out for the PC, and one my first PC games.
I played a demo of the Gold Version of it once. I've played Rayman 2 and 3 as well. Rayman is awesome!
Anyways, I always meant to play the 16 bit version (or however many bits it had) because I played the Game Boy Color version, which is EPIC. I liked that one so much I stared at the screen with him animating so I could copy the graphics. Then the hard drive died.
I remember playing it once on a PlayStation magazine demo disc. Unfortunately I had temporarily lost my appreciation for 2D games during the PlayStation era. I do remember it having great animation that made me wonder if Rayman (the sprite) was made up of separate sprites or was just very fluidly animated. Didn't they [inevitably] make Rayman 3D too?
Rayman 1, PS1. Game was so good I played through to 100% completion. The music stuck with me the most, I found my PS1 disc and was chuffed to see the songs were playable on a CD player. Ripped right to iTunes .
I traded in my skateboard for Rayman for the GBA but it's just nowhere near as good as the original. Rayman is 1/6 of the screensize and the music is poor. Think they removed a few levels too.
When I bought my Psone LCD screen I picked Rayman 1 and Gran Turismo 2 for about £6 each.
It goes to show really that if the industry wasn't so obsessed with 3d games, we could have had another generation of amazing 2d games.
But the game itself can be extremely annoying to play. It's pretty unforgiving. One trick i recall is that if you punch in mid-air it's instant unlike when standing.
Actually I have Rayman 2 for the psone too and that is brilliant. A bit cut down from other versions.
Originally Posted by OldManClayton Yea, I think the majority of Rayman games are 3D actually.
the majority is actually 2d. there was only 1 3d rayman game (rayman 3: hoodlum havoc) aside from the raving rabbid spinoff series. that is if you dont count all the crappy rayman party spin off games (braingames, rayman rush/arena/M, rayman golf, etc.)
but yeah the first 2 were ace. i didnt have a playstation back when it came out but my friend had it. loved em.
Ah, the frustration caused by Rayman as a kid... but I couldn't stop playing, it was charming. I think I only ever got past the first few levels of the music zone.
Now I have one sound stuck in my head, the most annoying sound in that game. The sound of that weird guy cleaning his hammer-bullet gun. Squeek-squeek-squeek-squeek... boom phweeooo! "ngeheheheh" ..... Over and over again :|
I have Rayman 2 for the N64 too, but honestly it was a bit of a disapointment. It's a great game on it's own, but for example I had much more fun with Mario64 and I thought it was kinda stupid not being able to throw your fist, instead shooting some yellow balls. And the overall scenarios had little to do with Rayman 1.
And yes the GBA Rayman game doesn't do the original any justice, from what I played it's only a cut down version and like James said the main character is way too big for the screen.
I didn't actually own a PS at the time but one of my friends had an original model and luckily it had Rayman with it. I didn't actually play through the whole way but man, it was pretty addictive! I'm really starting to miss the <originality>old days of gaming.</originality>
I absolutely adored Rayman. I also love listening to the music. I originally played it on the Saturn, but then I got it for the PSOne whenever we sold our Saturn, but then I lost the PSOne version and bought the PC version. It worked on Windows 98 but ever since I went to WindowsXP and then Windows Vista, I could never get the sound to work correctly.
Played it on pc when it was brand new. Like circy I loved how it looked but couldn't get into it. Recently got it for ps1 and finally really got into it. Also got Rayman revolution for ps2 which I find really enjoyable as well.
I can understand how someone could be put off by the game's sometimes extreme difficulty, but at the time I didn't have many more games to play so I was kind of forced to play it until the end, which was really rewarding nonetheless.
Rayman 1! I loved that game . I found the original CD a few years back but when I tried to play it, it kept crashing near the start after about the 3rd level (I think there was a mosquito or something..?), anyway, there was also Rayman advance for GBA that was in 2d, which also proved to be quite fun. And I bought Rayman DS for.. DS, and it turned out to be exactly the same as rayman 2, just in small hendheld version, it was fun for a while.
I bought Rayman 3 not long after it came out and I still play that to this day, very enjoyable, great music, awesome graphics/scenery and ok gameplay, although I've never managed to beat the final boss... There's also an unlockable minigame that's just a small Rayman 2d game in the traditional style graphics and music, but with 3d characters.
I really hope they go back to making actual Rayman games, instead of that rabbit crap. It has nothing to do with Rayman... You could put any well known video-game character in his place. There's no adventure or exploring, just a collection of minigames all involving retarded rabbits in some way.
Super Mario games are always close to impossible, I don't know how I beat the New super mario bros game the last boss took hours/days to beat. Mario 64 DS I got to the boss though on minimum stars, but bowser was unbeatable. All the other mario games I'd be lucky to get 1/4 through the game.
I have rayman 1 and 2 but haven't beat either. I haven't had them that long. I've got the first one on ps1 (and pc. . . somewhere) and the second for dreamcast.
Now that you mention mario, I haven't beaten that many mario games actually. I definitely beat mario 64... I didn't find it that hard. Although it sat for years before I bothered trying the last level again and then beat it on my 2nd or 3rd try. I'm pretty sure I beat new super mario bros for ds, but couldn't figure out how to get the alternate route to play the other levels, I know in mario world some levels have two exits but not sure about nsmb.
I have not beat the first mario game, I'm not sure if it counts if you use the warps. I definitely haven't beat mario bros 2, I hated it. Mario 3 is great. . . but I haven't beat that one, I own allstars. . . And Mario world I haven't beat either, I need to find that damn second exit to get out of the forest of illusion lol. Beat yoshi's story. . . I have yoshi's island ds. . . which I haven't beat.
Damn I really need to catch up on all those games.
Heh ive been working on Mario 64 for a few years now after deciding to pick it up on ebay. I actually discovered Wet/Dry world accidentally a few days ago when chasing that rabbit. One of the walls went all wobbly so i jumped into it.
Actually one year i got Rayman DS and didn't like how it controlled. It's actually a port of the N64 version of Rayman 2 i think. So a few of the levels are a bit longer then the Psx version. But i actually played a little of the psone version to compare and the graphics are just amazing for it. They hold up really well today. The DS version has poor textures and a terrible framrate at times.
You guys just reminded me that a friend borrowed a few 64 carts and wiped my saves. -__- There were quite a few stars I'd gotten in SM64 in the annoying levels like Hazy Maze Cave, Wet Dry World, and a few others on the second level that I can't remember how to get now.
I cant believe people class SMB1 as hard , all this easy modern gaming has softened you up . Clocked it years ago along with SMB3, then I completed lost levels when i got all stars. I think lost levels was easier, especially the final bowser. All you had to do was a timed run
Thats one of my gripes with new games, too easy...