Rayman is a 2D platform video game designed by Michel Ancel and published by Ubisoft.
Rayman was released on September 1, 1995, for the PlayStation, while the GameBoy Color version was developed and released in 1999 by Ubisoft Studios Milan.
Rayman is a traditional side-scrolling 2D platform game.
The object of the game is to free all the Electoons from their cage prisons (of which there are six per sub-level) and defeat Mr. Dark’s minions across six worlds: Dream Forest, Band Land, Blue Mountains, Picture City, Cave of Skops, and Candy Chateau (Mr. Dark’s lair).
Only when every cage of Electoons are freed will Rayman be able to enter into Mr. Dark’s hideout in Candy Chateau. Otherwise, the player must traverse the levels and reach the goal at the end (usually, since all of the levels in the game are divided into several parts, said goal post usually acts as a transition to another part of the level).
Rayman for GameBoy Color was awarded both “Best Music in a Game” and “Best Animation” in Electronic Gaming Monthly’s 1999 Video Game Awards.
The game sold 900,000 copies in two years. Rayman for PlayStation is also the best selling PlayStation game of all time in the United Kingdom, beating titles like Gran Turismo and Tomb Raider 2, with around 5 million copies sold.