Rayman was one of many titles that joined the Sony PlayStation console at launch in North America. Being completely different than other launch titles made this Ubi Soft classic stand out. First, the character, Rayman, has no limbs. Sure, he has hands and feet and a head but no appendages connecting them to his body. Also, this is a 2D side scrolling action platform game – not exactly a driving force on the Sony PlayStation console.
Rayman was multiplatform and beautiful
One look at Rayman will tell you it is a beautiful game. It is 2D, sprite based, and it looked amazing in pics. It is even more amazing looking in motion. Ubi Soft did their homework on this one.
Basically, this title showed gamers on the fence what 2D could look like on PlayStation. It was the bridge title. Those that were brought up on 2D games on Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis were in awe.
Rayman was not a PlayStation exclusive either. It was one of the first 32-bit 2D side scrolling action games though. With this status came hitting as many platforms as possible. The Atari Jaguar and Sega Saturn were consoles that received ports. Later a port to MS-DOS was released as well. There would never be a Nintendo 64 port of the first game though.
The start of a franchise
This simple first outing would be the seed of an ongoing franchise we still see today. Ubi Soft has kept the characters and game world alive and well in both 2D and 3D releases.
There have been mobile games in this game world that were auto scrolling as well as full adventures on console. Rayman has seen new adventures on consoles as new as the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Ubi Soft saw fit to support just about every platform over the years since 1995 with a Rayman release.
[Source : RetroGamingMagazine]