By Jonathan Charles | Sep 07, 2012 04:39 PM EDT
Ubisoft's Rayman Origins, released in 2011, saw a unanimously positive reception from the media and consumers. The game was praised for its hand-drawn, 60 frames-per-second art style courtesy of the Ubisoft Framework engine, its varied level design, and its consistently challenging platform. That experience is going mobile with Rayman Jungle Run, a game based around speed running levels from the original game.
The trailer below shows Rayman jumping from platform to platform while sprinting. Impressions from the press confirmed that Rayman runs automatically, and the player must time jumps. However, Jungle Run is not a Temple Run clone. Across the four chapters and 10 stages, players will learn to run, fly, wall jump, and punch. Combining these abilities is the key to success in the later stages, especially if players want to get the perfect run.
The perfect run is represented by a rating of up to three gems; to get the perfect three-gem rating, players will need to collect Lums, Rayman's equivalent of coins, and not die. If the late levels from Rayman Origins indicate difficulty, then Jungle Run will not be Rayman 'Lite.'
Ubisoft knows that Rayman Origins is a long-term seller. The prospect of additional content, like the numerous Angry Birds expansions, means that additional levels themed for Origins, and possibly even Legends, will be available. Ubisoft confirmed that the mobile game will be $2.99 in the U.S., and will be released on Sept. 20 for iOS and Android devices. A Windows Phone version is unconfirmed.
Rayman Legends for the Wii U exclusively is the sequel to Origins, maintaining the same art style while expanding on the playable characters. Using Wii U's controller navigates Murphy across the screen. He can spawn platforms and remove obstacles for the player, though the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote and Nunchuck combination is useable. Judging by the leaked trailer earlier in the year, expanded multiplayer options -- co-op aside --- are available. Whether this turns out to be fluff remains to be seen; many fans want more of Rayman Origins, and were worried when Ubisoft showed Rayman and friends playing soccer.
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