Rayman review — June 1996, US edition

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Every Sunday, Tyler Wilde publishes a classic PC Gamer review from the '90s or early 2000s, with his context and commentary followed by the full, original text from the archived issue. This week, the original Rayman is reviewed in the June 1996 issue of PC Gamer US. More classic reviews here.

In 1989, Prince of Persia on the Apple II made Super Mario Bros' animations look downright primitive, and got me obsessed with the dream of playing as a real cartoon character. Before I ever thought polygonal heroes were a good idea, I sought out the phrase "cartoon-quality animations" and hoped (though I wouldn't have been able to tell you their names at the time) for games to take after Chuck Jones and Tex Avery cartoons instead of ReBoot, that '90s CG-animated cartoon about low-poly computer people.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends miss sales targets

Perry Vandell at

Ubisoft has confirmed that Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman: Legends didn’t hit their undisclosed sales targets in a conference call held earlier today.

Rayman Legends announced for PC, out in a matter of weeks

Tom Sykes at

Rayman Legends has been announced for PC, just weeks before its release date of August 30th. The desktop version of the colourful, gorgeous platformer will arrive at the same time as the console ones, and if you pre-order it at the UbiShop you'll get the 91% good Rayman Origins thrown in for free.

Reinstall: Rayman

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Before party games with the Rabbids or co-op with Globox, Rayman was all about one dude: Rayman. No real plot, no gimmicks, no radical ‘tude? No problem. In a time when older PC gamers were going ballistic over Duke Nukem 3D and Quake, Rayman ($2.99 on GOG) reminded us that 2D gameplay and hand-drawn graphics were features to be cherished, not discarded. Without him, I might've never discovered my passion for a genre that had long been confined to consoles, and one that’s recently seen a resurrection.

Rayman Origins review

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