Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Rayman 3's most awesome attribute, as incredible as the movies, dialogue, and gameplay are, is a level of visual splendor that defies everything I've come to know about lighting effects in a video game. [Mar 2003, p.47]
  2. Innovation makes the experience feel awesome all the way through, whereas squirting a water pump with Mario lost its appeal to me within the first three hours of gameplay.
  3. The one-liners and crazy situations alone are worth the price of admission. I don't want to give too much away but if the thought of being defecated on by a witch in her outhouse sounds bizarre to you, welcome to Rayman's world.
  4. 89
    Whether you're a Rayman fan who can't get enough of the limbless wonder, or an action-adventure-platforming gamer who enjoys sarcastic wit, gorgeous graphics, smooth framerates, and creative character abilities, Hoodlum Havoc is for you.
  5. The scenery looks so stunning that it tempts you to explore every corner.
  6. At times, the camera shows the action at awkward angles, but for the most aprt it's spot on. [Apr 2003, p.134]
  7. This self-referential back-and-forth sets this game apart from the crowded market of platformers that it mocks and imitates with equal finesse.
  8. A 3D platforming game set over a multitude of levels, there are lots of nifty ideas at work here... enjoyably offbeat and unexpectedly impressive.
  9. Doesn't blow the doors off Rayman 2, but it does further refine the formula, is completely worthy of the Rayman name, and is also one of the best platformers we've seen on the GameCube thus far.
  10. Aside from a few new gameplay aspects, this is "Rayman 2" all over again.
  11. I loved playing Rayman 3, its fun, colourful and very funny... Just don’t be expecting either a major leap forward for the platform game genre or a stiff challenge as its lacking in both.
  12. Special. More than just a simple upgrade, with loads of exciting and original levels, complete with a great developing storyline that will keep you pleasently happy along the way.
  13. From the story, to the music to graphics to the gameplay, Rayman 3 is fun to play.
  14. An amusing caper, but not an epic adventure like Rayman 2. Rayman 3 has some very strong qualities, but its brevity just cannot be ignored.
  15. 80
    With memorable voice acting, exciting gameplay and and great graphics, Rayman 3 is a 3-D platformers dream come true.
  16. Displays almost Zelda-like creativeness in its monsters and environments.
  17. 80
    Probably the game's biggest flaw is that it doesn't do anything new to woo over gamers who don't like platformers. But it does take a waning game style and pump it so full of energy, humor, and near-psychotic malevolence that you may have to play something tame such as "Ty the Tasmanian Tiger" just to come down afterward.
  18. “Rayman 2” was a better game, but Hoodlum Havoc nevertheless ranks as one of the best platform titles available. It's polished, smooth, and done with care and affection. The levels are gorgeous, inventive and worth exploring.
  19. It's pretty, it's quite a challenge, and is loaded with rewards. But you'll quickly come to the conclusion that for all its charms, it doesn't offer enough new ideas, and that its competition is just too strong.
  20. 70
    It’s kinda clever, but once you get the basic formula its not very challenging.
  21. 68
    The creators' scatterbrained ideas for ways to improve Rayman 3 over its direct predecessor has left the game shackled with a lot of half-baked, completely non-cohesive concepts and generally dull, repetitive, and tiresome gameplay.
  22. There's a certain amount of wit and flair evident throughout Hoodlum Havoc's cut-scenes, and there are certainly some very slick production values. The problem is that, in terms of raw enjoyment, the game is somehow underwhelming. [May 2003, p.104]
  23. Snide voice acting turns cutesy bit players Globox and Murfy into electronic annoyances, and Hoodlum Havoc revels in its lame humor. [Apr 2003, p.68]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    Absolutely great game. Great bosses, minigames and music. The graphics aren't amazing obviously but the art direction is great. Really really fun, a true classic. Full Review »
  2. Oct 4, 2011
    One of the best 3D platformers i have ever played.
    The game was super fun and the graphics looked FANTASTIC.I´m glad they brought
    back using punches instead of throwing lums,the new powerups are a nice touch and a welcomed change to the gameplay and the platforming is as good as it has always been.The story was very nice,André the Black Lum starts turning all the red lums to Hoodlums(A.K.A. More black lums) and Rayman has to stop them.Globox accidentally swallows André and Rayman helps him get to a doctor to get André out and stop him from taking over the world.The humor was really good too,it made me laugh and made me chuckle at times.One thing that kinda annoyed me was that it was kinda easier than the other 2 previous games but it still was challenging and also the game is kinda short and you will beat it in a day or less.Overall,the game was fantastic it´s just kinda short,it´s really underrated and you should get it if you come across it. Full Review »
  3. Disappointment
    Nov 3, 2006
    A HUGE disappointment!!! I was REALLY looking forward to this game. Rayman 2 was a great game and I was only expecting the same when i bought Rayman 3. However despite being a graphically superior game to Rayman 2, with beautiful environments and awesome lighting, the gameplay is downright repetitive and boring. Throughout playing it, i was always hoping for that moment where it would get exciting and fun but i never found it. Its just tooooo repetitive. There's only 1 way of attacking and that's with your fists, unlike other platform games where there's tonnes of different attacks. Yes it was the same in Rayman 2 but the story and gameplay in Rayman 2 was just better. This game brings nothing new to the table. The humour was actually sorta lame as well, and i didnt like how they made the characters speak english! i preferred their jibberish like in Rayman 2. I really dont know how this game got such good ratings!...because from reading them i was convinced it was a good game...but it looks like the reviewers that gave the game lower scores are the right ones this time. If i wanna play platform games i think i'll pull out my N64 and play some banjo kazooie or donkey kong they were awesome platformers! As for Rayman 3, it's going on eBay. Full Review »