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Rayman Advance (GBA)

by Ubisoft
Game Boy Advance
 Ages 16 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Side-scrolling platform-style adventure
  • Converted from the PlayStation original
  • 6 worlds, 62 levels, 16 bonus levels
  • Save Rayman's friends, the Electoons, from an evil mastermind
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00005KCMB
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm ; 59 g
  • Release Date: 22 Jun. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,234 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Rayman Advance combines a challenging nonlinear platform-style game with striking animation. Come face to face with more than 50 outrageous creatures in six mind-boggling worlds and over 30 different levels. Accumulate and put together your skills as you advance, helping Rayman defeat his bizarre enemies, rescue his friends, the Electoons, and restore peace and harmony to the world.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Rayman Advance is perhaps the first real must-play Game Boy Advance game available. It's a full conversion of the PlayStation classic brought to life in vivid detail with level-by-level optimisations, gorgeous graphics, large, detailed and well-animated characters and that patented Rayman gameplay that Ubi Soft has been delivering for years now.

Those unfamiliar with the character and story should expect yet another cute take on the 2-D side-scrolling adventure game but Rayman easily stands alongside Mario in terms of brilliance. Rayman, a cute, big-nosed guy with a pompadour fringe and an infectiously upbeat attitude, is the Guardian of the World. Oddly, he has hands and feet but no arms or legs to support them--but that doesn't stop him from doing his thing. His powers include jumping, clinging to ledges, using his ears as a helicopter, and most importantly, punching. A helpful fairy doles out these powers to you as you complete tasks and progress in the game. Rayman's task, as usual, is to defeat enemies and free creatures (called Toons) caught in great iron boxes. He also collects "tings", which he can use to barter with magicians as he rids his bizarre little world of oppression from the likes of colourful bosses Moskito and big bad Space Mama.

The most striking thing about Rayman Advance is its graphics and gameplay. The design is extremely creative, there are things to bounce on, ride and grab and other tricks to do. It's the sort of game that always has you doing something new, which is no mean feat considering it spans 60 levels. A first rate 2-D platform game for all ages. --Andrew S Bub


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly one of the better GBA games 18 Dec. 2001
By Jezar
Like Super Mario, GT Advance, and Tony Hawks, this was one of those "must have" games at the launch of the GBA. It was a good complement to those other games too, as all four are very different from each other.
True, Rayman is a 2-D scrolling platform game, but it feels completely different to Super Mario. It isn't a case of either/or - you can buy both and enjoy them for different reasons.
Let's start with the technicals; soundwise, the effects and music are pretty good, although the music can get a little irritating after you've played the game a few times. Graphically - as you've no doubt heard - it is very impressive and stylish, and the fluidity of Rayman's movements shows some very impressive animation work.
On the gameplay side, I have a real problem here. I just find the game too darn hard, that's all. I know that I am not alone in this, as I have read similar complaints from other people.
It is also one of those games where it is abundantly clear that you have to deliberately and repeatedly lose the game in order to discover hidden places and techniques that could help you win next time around. Personally I get bored with having to deliberately lose the game, and then have to work my way through the level I've just nearly completed in order to get back to where I was when I deliberately took my own life.
The other problem I have with the gameplay is that you don't "finish" one level and go onto the next - it doesn't work like that. Instead you use skills gathered in the later levels, to come back and finish off an earlier level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous!! 28 Jan. 2002
By Harry
I'd never played Rayman before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. As far as I'm concerned, this is one awesome game. I have quite a few GBA games now but this is one that I keep returning to. There's so much in here to keep you interested and the attention to detail is amazing - just when you think you've got the game sussed, there's always something new popping up! Great graphics, slightly dodgy soundtrack, first-class gameplay. Rayman rules! No arguments!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic conversion of the PS1 game. 16 Sept. 2003
Try telling people that Rayman Adavcne is an almost perfect conversion of the original playstaion platformer, and theyll shake theyre heads in disbelief. But it's true! One one tiny cart lives a game that can trade punches with it's home console counterpart, and still come out on top.
The smaller screen may hinder the game in some respects, but what you're looking at is a retina feast. And while it may all seem incredibly sweet on the surface, the playing expierience is anything but, offering a masterclass in side-scrolling platform gaming.
The story, which propels Rayman through sixty levels and six worlds, in unchanged. Mr Dark, a masked villain, has invaded Raymans world and kidnapped the Toons. From here follows a journey across perilous terrain to mind the missing toons and rid the world of Mr Dark and his merry band of malcontants. And only Rayman is up for the job!
Despite the games visual style and originality, the process of beating the game is very traditional, with power-ups, collectibles, and regular boss fights. Dont let this put yoou off because, when it's done as well as Rayman Advance, it's an absolute pleasure to play.
At the beginning of the game Rayman has very few powers - bar jumping and doing farts - and you'll probably feel restricted by his lack of moves. But before long new abilities are added to his repertoire, including a powerful punch move and the skills to climb, swing, grapple and hover.
Using the moves turns out to be top fun, due to the tight controls and excellent character animations. And from the first experiments with the super-flexible punch move, you know you've got a very special game in the palm of your hand.
In the long term Rayman's slow start helps, because at the start you'll wander around seeing many things you can't reach and you realize when you have the right move, you can come back and get there. All in all a very long and fun rewarding quest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure, then buy this 26 July 2001
By A Customer
I got the gameboy advanced as soon as it came out and i wanted a game to show it off with. Rayman is an excellent first game. It is easy to understand and pick up, is great light hearted fun, and will last for a lifetime. Most importantly the graphics show how good the games can really look (unlike super mario). So if your not sure what to buy then get rayman, I can guarantee you will love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rayman Rules! 25 Jun. 2001
By A Customer
I bought this title with my GBA. The first thing that you notice is the graphics. Wow - they are fantastic. I put in my other GB colour games and they look very old in comparison. OK, so this is down to the hardware but the developers have made full use of the fact. Check out everything that is going on - there are even little creatures flying around. It is a joy to look at!!
As for gameplay, Rayman comes up tops again. A fun game with lots to do and find before you can finish the game. It's not too hard, and it's not too easy so it will have a long life.
If you enjoy platform games then you will certainly enjoy this. It's that good I have found myself wanting the train to take another half an hour to get me to work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous game at a nice price
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. K. Norris
2.0 out of 5 stars rayman advanced review
Rayman advanced graphics are undebatedly amazing. However the gameplay has quite alot of flaws. The character appears too big in proprtion to the backgrounds and there is little... Read more
Published on 10 Nov. 2001 by Beaveyeah@breathe.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Game!
I have already got this game on Game Boy Color and it is my first GB Advance Game. I was not disappointed, Graphics are colourful, good music, the only criticism is that it only... Read more
Published on 17 Aug. 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars here we go again
After buying a GBA, you'll want a game that shows of the power of the machine. Rayman is beutiful, and crammed full of detail and top animation. Read more
Published on 5 Aug. 2001 by William Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
Top graphics, shame about the game itself. It's just not fun 'cos it's so fiddly. But you will wanna keep trying 'cos it is an interesting game.
Published on 1 Aug. 2001 by HJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Rayman does it again!
This is a great title for the gameboy advance and it is well worth it. The graphics are eye popping to look at (you can even see little butterflies in the backround) With 62 levels... Read more
Published on 19 July 2001 by guyburkill@email.msn.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Raving about Rayman
What a cracker! This is one of the first games to put the GBA to the test. Being an original GB fan once the advance came out I just had to have it and what better first game to... Read more
Published on 18 July 2001 by James (moch4ch4@hotmail.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars Rayman Advance
Rayman is the same gameplay as the Playstation version. The superb graphics push the advance to it's limits. It takes time to complete each level. Read more
Published on 16 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Rayman comes up trumps, AGAIN!
This game has it all, graphics, gameplay and a storyline. The graphics are excellent, except for the bosses that look rubbish, but any way the concept is great and adventure is... Read more
Published on 7 July 2001
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