Rayman 3D

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Well-done remake of a classic platform game, now in 3D.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game teaches the value of loyalty as Rayman finds and rescues friends and defeats the pirates who are invading his land.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rayman is a charming, loyal role model who acts heroically and shows great loyalty to his friends. He also eschews over-the-top violence when fighting enemies.

Ease of Play

The game requires players to find hidden objects as well as to defeat enemies -- and some of those objects are hidden a bit too well. The 3D effects on the 3DS are used well, but can also make the game more difficult than playing it in 2D mode.

Violence & Scariness

Rayman is roughed up by robot pirates and shoots balls of energy at enemies, but there is no blood nor any sounds of distress. Powder kegs can also be used as explosives.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rayman 3D is a remake of the classic game Rayman 2: The Great Escape, which came out more than 11 years ago. While the title is updated with stereoscopic 3D effects, the gameplay is identical. Rayman fights a band of robot pirates who have invaded his world, but the action never gets more intense than balls of light coming from his hands and an occasional comic explosion from a powder keg. The game stresses the importance of loyalty and friendship. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byundefinedcat April 7, 2011
Adult Written bynduns April 2, 2011

Hey, it's better than Rayman DS

Rayman 2 has gotten a number of ports, hasn't it, and so far, the original DS port stands as the worst. This is at least an improvement not only in the gr... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bytelinges September 22, 2020

It's Rayman 2

Rayman 2: The Great Escape is my favorite game of all time, so seeing it ported to the 3DS was really cool to me. The game is pretty much the same, but it has a... Continue reading

What's it about?

RAYMAN 3D is a remake of the 11-year old Rayman 2: The Great Escape, just this time the graphics are in 3D. When an army of robot pirates invades his world, Rayman must repair the damage by collecting 1,000 pieces of the world's core (called Lums in the game) and awaken Polokus, the world's God-like creator and last hope. He is assisted occasionally by his friend Globox, who quickly goes missing. Rayman endeavors to find his ally at the bidding of Globox's children and wife. The game is played from a third-person perspective, giving the player control of the camera angle, which allows them to look around to find hidden objects.

Is it any good?

Rayman 2: The Great Escape is often cited as one of the best games of all time -- and it hasn't lost a lot of its luster. The game, now called Rayman 3D, is reinvigorated by the 3DS's 3D effects, which does a good job of simulating a world with depth. But the 3D effects can sometimes make the game a bit more difficult -- and many players may feel eyestrain after playing for an extended period (or even a short one). While the gameplay elements are still a lot of fun, UbiSoft did not take advantage of many of 3DS features, such as the gyroscope or touch screen functionality, which is a bit baffling. Still, this is a fine port of a very good game -- and one of the better launch titles for the 3DS.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lengths friends will go to for each other and when it's okay to fight for a cause.

  • Families can also discuss whether the 3D effects make the game better or worse.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: March 27, 2011
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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