Several months after it appeared on iOS through the App Store, Rayman Classic, an enhanced edition of the 1995 cult classic for the original PlayStation, Atari Jaguar, and Sega Saturn has finally arrived on the Google Play Store, as well. So, what has changed in the last 21 years? Not much, but enough for nostalgic mobile gamers and aficionados of well-designed platformers who'll now be able to enjoy the original Rayman game on their Android smartphones and tablets thanks to new touchscreen controls and some performance optimizations.
For the uninitiated, Rayman puts you in the role of a limbless humanoid of the same name who can throw his or its floating appendages at various enemies. Gameplay-wise, Rayman is pretty much a pure platformer with some action elements and as far as traditional 2D platformers go, many agree that this is one of the best ones ever made.
Rayman Classic comes packed with all of the original characters and levels that we remember from the seminal platformer, which is obviously great though some not-so-great things remain in this new rendition of the game. Namely, albeit many will feel endearingly nostalgic about its retro 2D graphics and accompanying chiptunes, the fact that they remain completely unchanged save for some minor performance tweaks makes the $4.99 seem a bit steep, especially considering the fact that you don't have to look far for a similar yet more modern platformer experience. Specifically, you don't have to look further than Ubisoft's own library as the very similar Rayman Fiesta Run can be purchased for less. As such, Rayman Classic is mostly aimed at fans of the series, nostalgic veterans of the genre, and people who literally already went through every other quality platformer available on Android devices. The silver lining here is that there are no in-app purchases included in the game, which means that you can at the very least be sure that you're getting the full game for a one-time cost, which is something that's increasingly rare in the games industry these days, especially the mobile games industry. In case you're on the lookout for another quality platformer that hit the Play Store fairly recently, Blown Away is a fairly decent one.