The world's favourite limbless hero is back and on the small screen in Rayman
3: Hoodlum Havoc! It's been a little while since the last time that Rayman was
seen in a game and that was on the PS2. With the other two consoles making
their way into the field, this great little game has spawned it's way across
all three so everyone can enjoy it.
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Features
- Players 1
- Rating: 3+
This Rayman departs from where the
others safely lived, jumping off the deep end with a story that quite
frankly was not coherent in some part and stocked with some fairly
nightmarish creatures thrown in for good measure.
There are good Lums and bad Lums in the
world. Good Lums are a source of energy for Rayman and are red in colour.
Bad Lums are well.. bad and are black in colour. The baddest Lum of them
all named Andy is going to destroy the world from the inside out by
absorbing the energy at the heart of it in an attempt to propagate himself.
The title is a funny one with the story
only vaguely related to the junior audience that Rayman used to be targeted
at. There is a lot of innuendo that I am sure that the younger market won't
get thank goodness and the game definitely has a lot more attitude. On Xbox
this game looks sweet and is genuinely lovely to watch and play.
Of course being a platformer there are a
lot of things to do like jump and run and oh there's some more jumping and
running. I should be fair though and let you know that the game does up the
ante in terms of cool in that Rayman can find and use different "costumes
in a can" that will increase his abilities in different ways depending on
the can. These cans wear out however you don't have to hunt around for them
and the right can is usually at hand for a particular task.
Combat is similarly simplistic with easy
button tapping to shoot his gloves off and punch enemies. You can lock onto
foes though this is a tad frustrating as if they move, the camera does not
adjust to compensate for it. There are a number of combos shots that you
can undertake however they are fairly primitive. The true focus of the
title is on the jumping and collecting and this is where the game really
The design of the levels makes for some
very interesting viewing as well. The worlds are truly fantastic and the
ways that they are presented will have you standing still in amazement,
just looking around at the scenery.