Like all inherently good, honest people, we here at Game Rant are big, big fans of Rayman Origins. Needless to say, the upcoming Rayman Legends has us absolutely stoked – but that game is a Wii U exclusive, and the system is bound to be in short supply when it launches this holiday season.
Fortunately, Ubisoft has another Rayman title ready to go, and tracking down a copy won’t be any trouble at all. Rayman: Jungle Run is the game, and though it runs on the same UbiArt engine that powered Origins, this one is on its way to iOS and Android platforms.
The name Rayman: Jungle Run makes the game sound like yet another endless runner, in the vein of Canabalt or Jetpack Joyride, but that isn’t exactly the case. Rayman does run automatically, but the game is level-based, not an endless, random string of obstacles and bottomless pits.
For Rayman Origins fans, it’s impossible to miss the significance of the music that plays during the trailer at the top of the page – it’s the very same tune that accompanied Origins’ breathtaking (and, occasionally, excruciatingly difficult) treasure chest chases, and Jungle Run is designed to play much as those levels did: breakneck platforming with a decidedly rhythmic focus. The game spans four worlds, each with nine regular stages and one unlockable “Land of the Livid Dead” level for players who manage to collect all 100 Lums in at least five of a world’s stages.
Check out a few screenshots from Rayman Jungle Run, along with Ubisoft’s brief description of the game’s features, below.
- Beautiful graphics supported by Retina Display
- New worlds to discover
- New powers to unlock
- Captivating music
- Smooth touch-based controls
- Exclusive wallpapers to unlock for your device
- Multiple Cloud saves support (iOS)
- GameCenter Leaderboards (iOS)
Obviously, the concern with Jungle Run is that touchscreen controls might not be able to keep pace with the game’s platforming challenges. If they don’t, Jungle Run could turn out to be a frustrating mess. Keeping the game’s controls restricted to a simple “tap to jump” scheme is a smart move on Ubisoft’s part, but given the precision that was required in Origins’ treasure chest chases, we’re still a touch wary. That said, if the controls work as promised, this is one mobile game we could see our selves spending some serious time with. How about you?
Rayman Jungle Run will be available September 20, 2012, for iOS and Android platforms.
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Source: Pocket Gamer