Good day fellow gaming enthusiasts! Today is Thursday, otherwise known as #ThrowbackThursday here at WTFGamersOnly. This weeks it’s all about the games that had us jumping and falling to our death. Platformers! We’re going back to rediscover some of our favorite platformers that we care about deeply. My pick for this category would have to be a game that got me started into console gaming which was Rayman for the original PlayStation. Rayman was later ported to other consoles but PlayStation was where it shined the best in terms of quality.Rayman is a strange-looking character, he’s sort of this floating head and body with floating arms and legs around him. He has a big nose and he has propeller like “ears” on top of his head. I’m not sure what his character model was inspired from, but kudos to whoever created him.
So Rayman is a 2-d side-scrolling platformer game that was originally released in 1995 on the PlayStation. There were 6 different worlds that Rayman has to travel through to save his world from the evil Mr. Dark. You have to rescue the caged Electoons to progress through the story. Throughout the game Rayman gets bestowed with powers to help him along the way. You gain the ability to punch, hover, and grab on ledges. Rayman gets stronger and stronger so he can eventually defeat Mr. Dark.
When I first started playing Rayman, I had no idea what i was in for. I was a little kid and this game kicked my butt. It’s known for being pretty difficult but i tried many times despite my inability to ever get even halfway through the game.
I think i just fell in love with how the game looked and the uniqueness of it all. The enemies are these green, ugly gremlins that make weird noses that kinda freaked me out. I also remember liking the soundtrack also.
The game got ported over to systems like the GameBoy Advance and Sega Saturn, but the sound quality and fidelity took a drop, making the PlayStation the superior system to play it on.
With Rayman now being a 2-d 4 player platformer, I kinda miss the single player experience that the original had. The sort of slower, difficult gameplay. But Rayman Origins/Legends are beautiful games that I have a lot of fun with friends.
Here’s hoping Rayman continues to be a staple in gaming!
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