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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rayman Legends Definitive Edition is a cartoony platformer and combat game that's like Crash Bandicoot or maybe Mario, if he punched people instead of jumping on their heads. While you do punch a lot of bad guys, and kick them, and even slap them, it's all very cartoony, and there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content, though our hero can unlock and wear one costume that has fig leaves where his underwear should be. Some sensitive younger players may also find some of the enemies visually disturbing, but most will feel they're more cartoony than ghastly.
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What's it about?
In RAYMAN LEGENDS DEFINITIVE EDITION, our hero has been asleep for a hundred years, which has given his enemies time to run amok in the forest. Waking up, Rayman begins his quest to save his captured friends and restore the forest to the friendly place he remembers. He does this by smacking bad guys as well as running and jumping through sadistic obstacle courses normally reserved for Indiana Jones movies.
Is it any good?
Though the original version came out four years ago -- a lifetime in video games -- this version of this clever 2D side-scrolling combative platformer is just as much fun as the original. In Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, a slightly altered version for Nintendo's Switch, our hero has to run and jump his way through the same kind of obstacle course-like world as Mario and Crash Bandicoot. Though he also has to punch, kick, and slap bad guys who have taken his friends hostage. All of this gets increasingly difficult and complicated as players progress though the levels, especially if they take the time to look around for the numerous secret challenge rooms.
As for what this version adds, it really just takes advantage of the Switch's unique abilities. If it's played with the console as a portable machine, you can enjoy a section called "Murfy's Touch," where you get to replay the levels with the system's touch screen. This also lets you play co-op with someone sitting next to you on the couch. Otherwise, though, the Rayman Legends Definitive Edition is the same challenging and clever game that gamers have enjoyed on other systems for years.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel different that you're fighting ghosts and other beasties instead of humans? Why do you think this is?
Talk about cooperation. In this game, players sometimes have to rely on their friends to get around, so what do you think this says about working together?
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