Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. Jan 3, 2012
    The best-darned platformer you'll play all year.
  2. Nov 22, 2011
    Rather old-school in its approach, Rayman Origins still remains a game that fits well with today's standards. Its gorgeous, blessed by an exceptional soundtrack, it's beyond reproach in terms of fine-tuned gameplay, for a 2D platform approach that's super rich, and intense in terms of challenge. As fun and enticing in solo play as it is in multiplayer, it has almost no shortcoming.
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    Origins' hours of wonderfully crafted entertainment deserve to be seen, to be played, and to be enjoyed by as wide of an audience as possible. Seek this one out.
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    Every nuance is positively dripping with goofy, heart-swelling joy.
  5. Dec 19, 2011
    Rayman Origins is a rare breed indeed. In a culture obsessed with realism and violent action and FPS titles it's great to see a major studio take a risk and release an old-school platform game for a next-gen system.
  6. Dec 2, 2011
    It's a shame Rayman Origins came out during the busiest time of year with all the other huge games now out, as it's sure to be overlooked, but if you love platforming games, pick this up without hesitation.
  7. Nov 15, 2011
    I had a blast playing Rayman Origins, and it certainly stands out as a game that developers should take notes from if they're aiming to rejuvenate 2D gaming.
  8. Dec 13, 2011
    The return of Rayman brings forth an excellent 2D platformer full of ideas and content that continuously pleases and excites. Its excellent controls, masterfully designed levels and beautiful presentation place it amidst the top titles of the genre.
  9. Dec 9, 2011
    In design, graphics, gameplay, and sound, it wins best platformer of this generation, hands down.
  10. Nov 30, 2011
    Inventive, original, whimsical, and fun as shit. Excepting some minor control hiccups, it's nearly the perfect platformer. If you think for one second that time has passed the platformer by, give Rayman: Origins a chance to prove you dead wrong, because it absolutely will.
  11. Nov 9, 2011
    It's downright gorgeous and a total blast to play alone or with friends. A truly realized vision at the top of its genre, Rayman Origins is an extravaganza with plenty of action to keep it fresh from start to finish and beyond.
  12. Jan 20, 2012
    Overall, Rayman Origins goes where very few games have been able to go before and has shown that it is possible to revive a classic and to make it even better. It's excellently developed and is great fun to play from start to finish. Minus a few little problems, Rayman Origins is one of the most underrated games of 2011, which is certainly worth playing through.
  13. Dec 15, 2011
    Best platformer I've played, experienced and ogled at in a long while.
  14. Nov 13, 2011
    Rayman Origins is the best platform game for the current generation of consoles. The old fashioned gameplay will be loved by many gamers, and the offline co-op mode is outstanding. Hail Rayman!
  15. Nov 10, 2011
    If videogames were in a museum, Rayman Origins would probably be the star of the platforming room. This game is an incredible piece of art, recommended for every gamer with no exception. A next-generation platforming game that will take your breath away.
  16. Nov 10, 2011
    Origins' brilliance is it keeps that simplicity on the surface, but ends up feeling incredibly varied thanks to its level design.
  17. 90
    Rayman Origins is a breath of fresh, colourful air to the industry that sadly I think will go largely ignored by the masses. Ubisoft and Michel Ancel have managed to craft something that has clearly had a lot of love and effort gone into it, both presentation wise and gameplay wise.
  18. Dec 19, 2011
    Rayman Origins signifies a welcome return to form for the hovering hero, presenting a world bursting with charm and adventure. It's a title that really shouldn't be missed, but we have the sneaking suspicion that it'll be overlooked this season amongst the slew of bigger names (the strange selection of levels offered in the demo probably won't help either).
  19. Dec 16, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Dec 5, 2011
    Michael Ancel and Ubisoft have created an excellent and highly addictive arcade game. Rayman makes a great first impression due to a diversified gameplay and a truly artistic visual style. It has a unique atmosphere that quickly affects the player - the feeling of being part of a crazy adventure where everything depends on us is constant.
  21. Dec 2, 2011
    Rayman Origins is the best 2D platformer this year, one of my favourite ever made (it's up there with Yoshi's Island), and the one game out in November everyone should play. I don't care if you've got other games to play – this one will make you feel good inside.
  22. Dec 1, 2011
    Rayman Origins is a beautiful looking platformer with a wide variety of levels, but is marred slightly by a handful of pacing issues.
  23. Nov 28, 2011
    Rayman Origins is one of the best 2D platformers of this generation, a masterpiece of a game. It is a showcase for how they should be done, what can be achieved. Progress is balanced, levels are challenging without being unfair and it looks beautiful.
  24. Nov 25, 2011
    Great level design, glorious visuals, and a fantastic backing track come together to create a very special package indeed.
  25. Nov 18, 2011
    The game controls perfectly, delivers satisfying platforming and shooting experiences while also featuring underwater stages that are actually fun.
  26. Nov 17, 2011
    For everyone that had the question in mind about how 2D platforming would have evolved with the current technology and high production values, Rayman Origins it's the perfect answer. Ancel's game is not only a joy to play, but is excellently designed and inmensely creative, all matched with striking visuals that makes us hope UbiArt technology goes far in this industry.
  27. Nov 15, 2011
    A delight. Superb visuals, varied platforming and a soundtrack to fall in love with.
  28. Nov 14, 2011
    At a time when games seem to offer a whole lot of everything, Rayman Origins stays focused on pure platforming pleasure, and it delivers. Yes, it can be too tough for some, but we're betting even the more casual players will soon find themselves hopelessly addicted to the finely tuned challenges on offer here.
  29. Nov 14, 2011
    One of the best platform games of this generation: maybe it lacks Braid's innovation or Outland's challenge level, but it's got a great appeal thanks to an highly inspired artistic audio/visual production and a varied and constantly entertaining gameplay. A little gem that would be a shame to miss.
  30. Nov 14, 2011
    Rayman Origins is a little-big eye-candy and one of the most engaging and funny 2D platforms ever made.
  31. 90
    There's no downside, save an easily-forgiven sense of familiarity and the absence of online co-op. You can't even resort to the usual retro-gaming caveat of high difficulty - the learning curve is perfectly judged, the checkpoints agreeably spaced. This is the year's best platformer without the faintest shadow of a doubt.
  32. Nov 11, 2011
    Mario just got some stiff competition, and this platforming masterpiece has amazing comic timing that's a joy to play. However, even though the multiplayer modes have been hyped, the experience is far better when played alone.
  33. Nov 11, 2011
    I adored my experience playing Rayman Origins and I'm certain that anybody with a love for 2D platform games will feel the same. It stands tall in the field as being one of the best of its kind in this console generation and supplies ample hope that there's not only plenty of life still in that genre, but in Rayman as a franchise.
  34. Nov 10, 2011
    If you like 2D platforming games you can't miss this game. Visually gorgeous and with impeccable gameplay, this is a love letter to platforming games and also a great multiplayer experience for up to four players. Rayman has returned with great strength with a very inspiring title.
  35. Feb 15, 2012
    A triumphant comeback for the series, Rayman Origins sees the influence of creator Michel Ancel at work once more, and a strong showing for Ubisoft's hand-drawn UbiART Framework, giving the game a unique and stunning style that's entirely its own thing. Rayman Origins is addictive, entertaining and quite possibly the best 2D platformer money can buy on Xbox 360.
  36. Games Master UK
    Dec 16, 2011
    For the lone bounder, however, it doesn't get much better than this. [Jan 2012, p.82]
  37. Nov 19, 2011
    There's a ton of content here; enough that the forced repetition of old levels could have been avoided.
  38. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Dec 28, 2011
    2D platforming is back. [Feb 2012, p.98]
  39. Nov 15, 2011
    Rayman Origins is a wonderful 2D platformer whose goofy charm will have you smiling all the way through.
  40. Nov 10, 2011
    With platformers enjoying a big resurgence in the last few years, it makes sense that Rayman: Origins has an anachronistic feel. Challenging levels, mosquito breaks, amusing multiplayer, and a hard-as-nails reward for perfectionists assures its place in the platformer pantheon. It just lacks a little of the sparkle that could've helped battle the fatigue of coaxing out every last lum.
  41. Nov 10, 2011
    Rayman Origins is an undeniably beautiful game, with vibrant environments and richly defined characters. The graphical fidelity is astounding, even when you scrunch your face against the TV screen. Characters kick up eyelash-sized tufts of grass when they land, and the backgrounds are layered with loads of tiny details.
  42. Nov 10, 2011
    It's a funny and well developed platform, bestowed with an incredible design. It can fit both the novice and the veteran, yet it won't fully satisfy neither, and this is its biggest drawback, to witch you must consider also the vert short length.
  43. 85
    Though far from perfect and using some very standard gameplay mechanics, Rayman Origins is easily one of the best family-friendly games in years.
  44. Jan 10, 2012
    While there have, and there will continue to be, complaints about not being able to play online and with other people in Rayman Origins, I feel as though this game is best left as an experience between friends and just want to mess around with odd characters in an even stranger, yet beautifully made, world.
  45. Jan 3, 2012
    The game is fantastic, and the art and music are beyond reproach, but the overall philosophy behind the games organization is just a little too off and it prevents it from being the landmark it could have been.
  46. Dec 29, 2011
    An addicting platform game that brings a fresh air of the olden days proving how much the gaming environment and the video game industry are constantly changing when compared to genres of the other rival companies. An imaginative and beautiful and witty and dynamical game… what more do we want? Just, for god's sake, can somebody explain to me why there is no internet multiplayer?
  47. Dec 1, 2011
    It is a game that will make you happy whenever you think back to it, one where frustration is almost immediately replaced by a smile, and most importantly, it's a game that thrives on having fun.
  48. CD-Action
    Nov 29, 2011
    Rayman Origins is absolutely adorable. It's a wonderful gift to those who once set through the nights murdering their joysticks and gamepads with classic 2D platform games. [December 2011, p.76]
  49. Nov 24, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  50. Nov 22, 2011
    Rayman Origins is further proof that even in 2011, expertly crafted 2D platformers still have a rightful place in any gamer's collection.
  51. Nov 14, 2011
    In a world whose sales charts are regularly topped by ever-more-homogenised military shooters and action games, playing Origins feels like stepping into an alternate reality in which the 16bit era evolved by increasing in fidelity, not dimensions.
  52. Nov 10, 2011
    Rayman Origins has an awful lot to give: it's a passionate tribute to the days when platform games ruled the Earth, but beyond that, it's also one of the best examples of the genre we've had in recent memory.
  53. Nov 30, 2011
    It doesn't bring much at all new to the table and can feel derivative at times, even old. Also, while rarely unfair as such, that doesn't stop it from being frustrating at times – and the shooter sections, while fun, do feel a bit overplayed.
  54. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 8, 2011
    This gorgeous game takes a little too long to crank up the difficulty for our liking. [Issue#79, p.79]
  55. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 19, 2012
    Outstanding platformer with eye-catching visuals brings a couple of great new ideas and always-funny cooperative play. [Christmas 2011]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 258
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    Very few thought it was possible to bring Rayman back to life. Since the Rabbids came Rayman's fame began to fade and soon the Rabbids tookVery few thought it was possible to bring Rayman back to life. Since the Rabbids came Rayman's fame began to fade and soon the Rabbids took over and Rayman was no more. Then the original creator spoke: A New Rayman is coming! It caused quite as stir, and many and most (including me) tought it was going to be another failed re-hash. But boy were we wrong. Ubisoft had a golden oppurtunity to bring rayman back into the digital world, and they used that oppurtunity to make the best platformer EVER! Yes it's 2D but if crysis was 2D Rayman whould have better graphics. Everything is hand-drawn and animated as smooth as possible. The enviroment, character animations and basically everything is breathtaking. The only problem is to fully enjoy every aspect of Rayman Origins you need to play at 1080p. At this resolution you can take everything in and you will feel as if your in a new world. The gameplay is smooth and challenging. This game makes Mario look like Dora the explorer. The 4 player co-op is as fun as it could be. The gameplay is perfect. Now $60 for a 2D platformer is expensive, but this isn't your average platformer. THIS IS RAYMAN! If your a fan of Rayman or just enjoy a brilliant platformer you should stop reading this now and go buy it. If all the Rayman games coming is like this, I say well done Ubisoft. Well done. You have succesfully brought Rayman back into the gaming world. Full Review »
  2. Dec 1, 2011
    Some of the most fun I've had playing or watching friends playing a video game in a long time. Rayman Origins is a beautiful looking game, theSome of the most fun I've had playing or watching friends playing a video game in a long time. Rayman Origins is a beautiful looking game, the background music is epic (it will have you laughing out loud), and the gameplay couldn't be better. Not many, if any games out there have this level of style and fun, the gaming industry can learn a few things from Rayman Origins. This is the definition of a video game. Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    Clearly UBIsoft has great affection for The Rayman franchise. It shows in every nook and cranny of the game's design. I know it's "cliche" butClearly UBIsoft has great affection for The Rayman franchise. It shows in every nook and cranny of the game's design. I know it's "cliche" but Rayman Origins is a love-letter to those who love platformers and animatin. Rayman is easily one of the best looking games this generation. With hand-drawn animation that is masterfully crafted. The game is packed with content, which is rare these days. Easy to pick up and play, but incredibly difficult to master. The mark of a truly great platform game. I hope people buy this game, if only to send a message to the industry that games such as this can still exist and do well. And I believe Beyond Good and Evil 2's fate is directly linked to this titles success.

    Buy it. Play it. Love it! Rayman Origins is easily one of the Best Platformers in years!

    Well done UBIsoft. Well done indeed.
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