Rayman Legends: Review – CBS News

Ubisoft’s award-winning platform adventure series makes a return with the newest entry, Rayman Legends. In this family-friendly 3-D action platformer, the bouncy limbless protagonist, Rayman, and his friends discover the mysterious tent filled with paintings and are pulled into colorful new worlds. Players will run and jump through levels, uncovering secret areas of the maps, evading traps and defeating enemies while rescuing the magical blue creatures known as the Teensies.

At the start of the game, the main gallery is introduced. This area is the central hub of the game and is where the Bubble Dreamer, a large whimsical and mysterious being, is found. This area contains paintings, which become portals to different worlds and levels. Other features and unlockables can be accessed from this main gallery as well as other playable characters. You start the game with five heroes already unlocked, the default character being the series’ namesake and main protagonist, Rayman. By entering the Hero Gallery, you can select other characters that are unlocked as you progress through the game by collecting firefly-like creatures called Lums or completing special Rescue Levels.

Each world contains several platforming levels, an unlockable boss fight, and unlockable musical level. The main objective of each platforming level is to collect as many Lums as you can while saving the trapped Teensies before reaching the end of the level. Each time you save a teensie, a gold indicator will appear in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen, showing the number and order of Teensies saved. There are also hidden areas that you have to discover to save the special king and queen Teensies of that level.

Every level in Rayman Legends is repayable and the Teensies you’ve rescued are grouped in the gallery area and indicated in the plaque at the top of the painting. The plaque will also display the cups earned in that particular level. In subsequent playthroughs, Teensies successfully rescued in previously will be replaced by Lums.

These Teensies and Lums are vital for game progress. More worlds and levels are unlocked by rescuing the Teensies. Once a world is unlocked, there is no set order for playing the levels. You can skip around to which ever worlds or levels you’d like adding certain degree of freedom in how you choose to explore Rayman Legends.

Adding even more gameplay to the game, nearly every level of the main worlds has an Invasion Level. These Invasion Level paintings don’t appear until they are unlocked at which point a smaller painting will appear alongside the corresponding level painting. In Invasion, enemies from other worlds in the game will invade levels you’ve already completed, changing them. You’ll have just 60 seconds to save three teensies and reach the end of the level.

Rayman Legends’ multitude of collectibles also includes Creatures and Back to Origins worlds. Both of these can be unlocked by earning Lucky Tickets via collecting…

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