A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about cooperation by working together to overcome obstacles, solving puzzles, and finding hidden areas. For example, one player on a Wii U GamePad can use their fingertips to cut down logs and chains, so that the other players can bypass the areas. Playing Rayman Legends encourages teamwork, as players communicate verbally to decide who should take the lead or what moves to use.
The game is about battling evil, therefore it has a fairly positive message to it. There is some mild cartoon violence, however, in performing the various tasks in the game.
Positive Role Models
Rayman and his friends are happy-go-lucky creatures who want peace and tranquility. After awakening from a 100-year slumber, our protagonists attempt to rescue creatures from evil forces. There isn't a lot of backstory here, though, but the cast of cartoony characters want to do good and fight nightmares infesting the Glade of Dreams.
Ease of Play
In the Wii U version played for this review, the game wasn't very difficult to control, utilizing the wireless Wii Remote controller, or if desired, the Wii U GamePad. It's not hard to pick up for young kids.
Violence & Scariness
While much of the game has our hero running, jumping, climbing, and flying through the 2D side-scrolling levels, Rayman and his friends can use various attacks to knock out enemies, such as punches, kicks, slaps, and body slams. Some of larger "boss" battles require you to shoot projectiles out of a gun-like weapon to injure dragons and other creatures.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the costumes you can unlock is fig leaves covering Rayman's pelvic area.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rayman Legends is a side-scrolling platformer with some cartoon violence -- including punching, kicking, slapping, slamming, and shooting a gun-like weapon at times -- but it's quite tame compared to most violence in video games. Gamers who play online with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions can talk without any filters or moderators, which means one might hear profanity, racist comments, inappropriate personal questions, and so on. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Rayman Legends.
Is It Any Good?
Yes, it's a blast for the entire family. Along with accessible controls and great graphics and animation, most of the platforming stages are well thought-out, providing some fun, varied, and often challenging ways to tackle a level. This diversification helps keep things fresh. Plus each of the characters you can play as offers their own unique ability, so changing around is fun. Even better than playing alone is exploring with some friends beside you, cooperatively -- four, in total, for most platforms but a fifth on the Wii U version (as "Murfy") -- as each player takes control over a different character. There's also the option to play online with others. While the music stages aren't as entertaining as the action-filled platforming stages, overall the latest Rayman adventure is a delight.
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