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  • Summary: Although he (or she?) has no arms and no legs, Rayman is one of the most recognizable videogame characters around the world. The fearless and friendly Rayman heroically arrives on the Nintendo DS to defeat the pirate terror that has enslaved his world. Players assume the role of Rayman and travel through magical worlds with surreal landscapes and gorgeous eye-popping 3D graphics. Race and battle through 45 intricately designed areas. Explore waterfalls, deep sea caves, and pirate hideouts rendered in rich 3D. Monitor your progress, track your lums, and keep an eye on Rayman's health on the interactive bottom screen of your DS. Run, jump, ski, swim, and fly with your helicopter hair. Fly rockets, ride whirlwinds, and surf lava flows on the road to victory. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. The game’s plot keeps it interesting and the huge worlds keep player sucked in. The sloppy camera and tight controls can sometimes get you frustrated but the feeling will pass.
  2. As always, the Rayman universe is endlessly entertaining and the gameplay model diverse and bursting with creativity. [May 2005, p.72]
  3. Combine the lack of utilization of the DS’ unique capabilities and any improvements over the original with sloppy graphics, horrid controls, and a dreadful save feature, and the Rayman name begins a steady decline into mediocrity with this title.
  4. The developers made little effort to adapt Rayman 2 for the handheld, transforming a brilliant game into a mushy blur.
  5. The game is a complete port of a much better game (Rayman 2) already in circulation on the Dreamcast, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and PlayStation 2. If you’re dying to play this game you’re better off playing it on one of those consoles (that you probably already own).
  6. There's still a very small part of us that can't help but still be slightly impressed by the appearance of a 3D platformer on a handheld, but given the control issues it's not a happy marriage.
  7. It's hard to imagine anyone splashing their moolah on Ninty's new handheld and being happy to entertain themselves with pedestrian ports of antique titles such as Rayman DS.

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  1. Mr.GameReviewer
    Apr 14, 2007
    Ignore the reviews, this game is still the same awesome game that came out 10 years ago. Rayman 2 is still the best Rayman in the series and it's great it be able to play it on the DS. Due to the DS having no texture filtering, the game doesn't look as good as it should but it still looks great IMO. I always loved the environment, music and sound in Rayman 2 and it's all still here which is great. The controls using the touch screen, while taking some time to get used to, will eventually feel normal and if you've played Super Mario 64 DS, the controls are almost identical, but will take a bit of time to adjust. I had Rayman 3 before but found it absolutely..um how can I put it....crap? It was boring, the characters stupid english spoken American accents (no offence intended) ruined the whole magical, fantasy atmosphere of Rayman 2 where they spoke a jibberish language. Also, it was dead set boring, tried to be too different to Rayman 2 and I did not find it fun at all. You may think that both Rayman 2 and 3 are still Rayman so how can they both be so different? I'm not sure really, but Rayman 2's environment, characters and story are just so much better so I'm happy that I can play Rayman 2 on the DS cause it's still the same awesome game that it was back in the days! 10/10! Expand
  2. May 20, 2012
    Rayman Ds is a lush and wonderful port of Rayman 2: TGE!

    The controls work perfectly, the graphics are updated, and the charm is still here
    in this port.

    On nintendo life, this got a 4.


    I say no reason. Don't forget; this game came in 2004. Do you like this? Do you have a dsi? Buy Rayman for dsiware.
  3. VerrecasG.
    Feb 26, 2005
    I have played it now5 hour and ITS BRILJANT because of the giant areas and very varied its even better then rayman 2 and 3.for the first area 1 played almost an hour to complete. the controls are very easy.its a masterpiece. Expand
  4. MichealL.
    Apr 21, 2005
    The best game of the year for DS.
  5. ChadR.
    Apr 23, 2005
    This is an excellent platforming game with decent use of the touch pad although it only has a vitural joystick to touch and move, it's not bad. The camera can be a pain as well but it's addictive and it's rayman, what more do you want? Expand
  6. LaurenW.
    Jun 10, 2007
    Great game, very addictive. Camera and controls are annoying at first but quite easy to ignore after a while. Touch screen completely useless though, which was disappointing. Also, the save feature is terrible due to the long levels. But all in all, I really enjoyed it. Expand
  7. Jim
    Mar 14, 2008
    Rayman DS is great, i really think ubisoft could have done a better job. Everything is great but if you have a ds phat, keep it this game is better to be played on ds phat becase the d-pad is bigger, its tough on ds lite but that doesn't really take away quality from a good game. Expand

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