Rayman Legends




Delightful, frantic side-scroller with cartoony violence.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


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.


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.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy


  • achieving goals
  • set objectives
  • time management


  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support


This fast-paced, somewhat frenetic side-scrolling game keeps players on their toes as they romp through constantly changing environments to solve puzzles and fight baddies.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn about cooperation by working together to overcome obstacles and solve environmental puzzles. They will need to communicate to figure out how to win the game.


While kids can figure out how to play, supports are minimal. Rather, kids learn by playing.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy


  • achieving goals
  • set objectives
  • time management


  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

What's it about?

He's baaaaaack. The shaggy-haired Rayman has returned in RAYMAN LEGENDS, a new side-scrolling platformer for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows PC and PlayStation Vita. After the antics in the previous game, Rayman Origins, our wacky cast of heroes take a 100-year nap, which inadvertently allowed for nasty nightmares to infest the "Glade of Dreams." And so the agile hero and his buddies set out to save imprisoned friends, restore order to the universe, and push back against the evil force with all their might. Along with running, jumping, and climbing through multiple colorful levels, they'll also fight using an arsenal of moves, unlock new areas and outfits, and engage in new musical, rhythm-based stages.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Rayman Legends is available for multiple platforms -- including all three main consoles and the PC. Is this a good thing for the industry or do gamers prefer when the title is exclusive for their platform? Does it make Nintendo owners proud that they are the only ones who can play a Super Mario game? What's better: all or one?

  • How do you set rules around playing video games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Windows
Price:$59.99 ($39.99 for PSVita version)
Available online?Available online
Release date:September 3, 2013
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Bugs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Wild animals
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2013


Even better than rayman origins. totally clean. beautiful display, controls, graphics
Kid, 11 years old September 14, 2013

Gorgeous platformer is great fun and well made

In Rayman Legends, the sequel to one of 2011's best games, Rayman Origins, you are on a quest to stop the dark versions of creatures known as Teensies from infesting the Glade of Dreams. The game contains quite a bit of cartoonish violence, including punching, slapping, getting blown up, and more. However, it's nothing more (in some cases less) than what typical kid's shows these days have, and characters just turn into bubbles once killed. The graphics are absolutely beautiful, the soundtrack is catchy, and the stages are great fun. Also, there are musical stages containing both original and liscenced songs. Hearing a marachi version of "Eye of the Tiger" or a luau version of "Woo Hoo" (the Vontage commercial song) is almost guarenteed to put a smile on your face. The game also has multiplayer in both the story (4 on most consoles, 2 on Vita, which is online co-op only, and 5 on Wii U) and a soccer/football meets karate minigame called Kung Foot, online weekly challenges for the Wii U and PS Vita versions, most of the levels from the previous game Rayman Origins remastered, and a multitude of character variations to play as. In short, Rayman Legends is easily one of the year's best games, and the most kid-friendly of those best games, too.
Adult Written byJEDI micah September 10, 2013


As a fan of Rayman Origins, I was so stoked to get this game! And not surprisingly, it is everything i had hoped for! The graphics are way better than Origins (offering 2D animation with 3D monsters!), the music stages are incredibly fun, and there's more characters to choose from! This is definitely a must-have game for gamers (and families) to buy! Ubisoft has done it again!
What other families should know
Too much violence


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