Rayman M

a game by Ubi Soft Entertainment Software
Platform: PC
User Rating: 9.5/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Rayman Games
Rayman M
Rayman M
Rayman M

Rayman M is better described by what it’s not than what it is. It’s not a karting game based on the characters from a cute platform/adventure game, with a standard track-unlocking structure and a selection of throwaway battle modes, hidden characters and assorted bonus games. However, insert running/climbing/swinging/ sliding in place of karting and you’re pretty much there.

While eschewing the one element that most clearly defines the famously abused karting genre, Raymaris first multiplayer outing essentially does all the same things, only on foot. Dash over turbo pads, scale walls, swing across gaps with a grappling device and otherwise slide and clamber your way through 12 obstacle courses of steadily increasing complexity. Along with straightforward racing there are two collect-’em-up variations, as well as some token battle arena modes that largely fail to amuse. While the game is not without a degree of charm, there’s no escaping the fact that climbing, swinging and sliding around a level (and frequently falling off things in the process) is simply not as much fun as racing around a track firing banana skins or guided missiles at each other. The competition is not as direct nor as cutthroat, and the pleasure of frustrating your mates is almost entirely absent. To top it off, the multiplayer bizarrely manages only up to two-player split-screen.

Hats off to Ubi Soft for doing something other than Super Rayman Kart, and making a partial success of it, but this is not a game you’re likely to become hooked on.

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PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

A great way to take a break is to play video games. They are a great form of entertainment. Rayman M is part of the Rayman series. It is an arcade game originally designed for a PC. Ubi Soft Entertainment Software is the designer and publisher of the game. It has both single player and multiplayer modes. It is a racing and battle arena based game. It can be played on the PlayStation 2, MS Windows, GameCube and Xbox.

How is it different?

What makes it different from other racing and arena games is that it is a foot racing game. Most games are go-kart based, like Crash team racing Nitro-fueled. Crash is a typical example of the obvious routes taken by game developers. They incorporate karts or cars into the game since it’s a racing-game, but Rayman M took a slightly different route when it opted for a foot based game.

List of Levels

There are five leagues:

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
  • Expert
  • Extreme
  • Bonus

The leagues, excluding Bonus, further have 3 racing tracks and arenas in each. The level of difficulty increases as you progress.

Features

It has a total of 8 characters with 24 different maps. Up to four people can play in the multiplayer mode. You can unlock some rewards if you secure the first position in the race and arenas. Rewards that unlocked include additional leagues, bonus levels and new characters and their skins. The developers had brought in the Rayman 2 games’ characters. They’ve also added new characters like Razorwife. There are four types of racing modes of which one is training. There are three different battle types in the arena based battle mode. The racetracks have shortcuts that you can figure out after 2 to 3 laps. There are obstacles like barriers and walls you have to be careful as you can get attacked by other players during the gameplay using on-track powerups. When you attack a player, you’re placed in the battle mode where you then fight your competitors. There is a slightly different version known as Rayman Arena with slightly different features. This version was released of Europe.

Pros

Listed below are some of the pros associated with this arcade game.

  • The gameplay is fun especially when you have other competitive players.
  • Good 3D graphics
  • Easy to understand and lay
  • Child friendly
  • Different from the Rayman series

Cons

Let’s take look at the cons of this game.

  • Lack of variety
  • No story line to keep layer hooked

Bottom Line

This a fun game that you can play with your friends, as you can keep this competitive among you all. Since it does not have a story line, it isn’t too addictive that it would take up too much of your time. It is a good source of fun and competition. It has two versions; Rayman M and Rayman Arena with only slightly different features and can be played on a number of different platforms. So if you’re looking for a relatively easy and fun game to race and battle in, this is a great option to consider.

Personal Rating: 7/10

So, Rayman and friends get together for a fun-filled racing romp that's only saved from being called Rayman Kart' by the improbable detail that there are in fact no racing karts in it. Instead, the racing is strictly pedestrian (in both senses of the word), resulting in a melange of run, slide, swing and climbbased multiplayer insanity in which the spirit of Mario flickers only faintly.

There's certainly no faulting the exuberant candy-cane graphics on display in Rayman M, but I think I must have been feeling a bit over-generous when I reviewed it the first time round. Sure, it was enjoyable for a while with its multi-level shortcut-laden courses and varied terrain, but 20 quid was way too much to ask for what is little more than a weekend's worth of entertainment. The new asking price of a tenner is much closer to the mark, though there's still not a great deal to recommend this game over its competitors. Luckily though, it has none - or at least very few - as the cartoon-racing genre is practically nonexistent on the PC, so it may still be worth a look if you're too proud to dust off your SNES for a game of Super Mario Kart.

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