A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Simple themes of good and evil lay the foundation for the story. Players are encouraged to perfect their performance through practice.
Positive Role Models
Rayman and his pals aren't given much personality or background. They just want to escape the tiny world into which they've been involuntarily drawn. They aren't aggressive, but do defend themselves from enemies when necessary.
Ease of Play
Straightforward controls involve little more than tapping to jump, hover, and attack. But achieving a perfect score can be quite tricky, requiring deft timing and plenty of practice.
Violence & Scariness
Rayman and his allies must either avoid or attack fantastical enemies, such as the bug-like antitoon. The heroes use fists, feet, and weapons (such as an axe) to whack them and cause them to disappear.
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest chapter in the long running Rayman franchise, which has covered numerous games, toys, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rayman Mini is a runner-style game for iOS devices in which players tap the screen to make a constantly running hero jump over obstacles and attack enemies. The player controls Rayman -- a humanoid with disconnected hands and feet floating around him -- or one of his allies as they try to escape the miniature-sized world into which they've been involuntarily drawn. Attacks involve fists, feet, and weapons (such as an axe), but no blood or gore. Enemies consist of fantastical cartoonish creatures -- such as the insect-like antitoon -- that quickly disappear once defeated. This is an easy game to pick up and play for short sessions, but mastering the controls and perfecting each level takes practice and patience. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
Is It Any Good?
It may not be a core entry within the Rayman franchise, but this polished runner looks just as good as the other series games to date and is a swell way to pass time in bite-sized chunks. Rayman Mini is beautiful, with intricately designed levels, wonderfully detailed characters, and great animations. It's significantly smaller than most Rayman games -- levels are short and sweet, ideal for playing while waiting for the next bus stop or waiting in the car -- but the emphasis on replaying levels means many players will likely end up spending plenty of time trying to perfect their scores. The controls are simple but effective, ensuring that failure rests with player performance rather than any fault of the game. And while failure will send you back to the start of a level, progress is rarely foiled, since all you need do is complete a handful of levels to unlock the next world.
What could bother some franchise fans, though, is the inability to control Rayman's movement. In most Rayman games, you have time to strategize prior to taking on enemies and obstacles, and you can go back and try multiple times to collect missed collectibles. But a missed Lum in Rayman Mini is a missed Lum. The only way to go back and gather it is to start the level over from scratch. This is supposed to be part of the challenge, but players used to side-scrolling games with a little more freedom could find it frustrating, at least to start. Rayman Mini isn't a classic Rayman game, and it isn't meant to be. It's a purpose-designed mobile game made to fill empty bits of time in your day. So long as you go in understanding this, it's hard to imagine many Rayman fans being too disappointed.
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