April 22, 2005

Review- Rayman DS


Publisher: Ubi Soft
Developer: Ubi Soft/ DC Studios
Genre: Platformer
Price: $30
Players: 1 (unless you have the UK version, then it's 1-4)

First, know that Rayman DS is a DIRECT port of Rayman 2. No cool extras.
Rayman DS is... well, I guess it's needed because of the DS's lack of games. However, the first thing I noticed was how bad the control was. The touch screen control is awkward, and the D-pad has a delay between when you press the button, and when Rayman moves. Very annoying. The second thing is the graphics. While they mimic the N64's in some aspects, everything seems pixilated.
The sound, however, is a different story. The music and effects from the original were ported perfectly form the original. The game is also quite fun, though it doesn't make very good use of the touch screen.
All in all, the game is quite fun despite serious control issues. If you never got a chance to play the original, or have always wanted a portable version, this is the game for you. Otherwise, wait for Viewtiful Joe or something.

Graphics: Okay, but the DS can do better.- 6.8
Sound: Excellent!- 10
Controls: Horrid!- 4
Lasting Appeal: Pretty challenging. It'll take twice as long because of the controls.- 8
Overall: 6

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