What secrets lie beneath the beautiful paintings of this ingenious PS4 platformer?
Wake up! It's time for another adventure
Down at the Snoring Tree, all is peaceful. Maybe... a little too peaceful. While Rayman and his friends have been settling down for a 100-year snooze, bad things have been happening all around them.
Seeing our heroes in a deep slumber, mischievous forces have seized their chance to fill the world with bad-dream monsters and rampage through the land, kidnapping the friendly Teensies and locking them up in unbreakable cages. Unbreakable that is, until Rayman wakes up.
Poked into action by his flying froggy pal Murfy, it's now up to our limbless, hoody-wearing hero to hook up with Globox, Grand Minimus and a cast of friends old and new to free the Teensies - and restore the Glade of Dreams to a place where it's once again safe to take a nap.
A ray of light
If you think you've seen everything Rayman Legends had to offer, think again. This energetic 2D platformer's beautiful cartoony visuals explode into life on PlayStation 4. Whether it's the wonderfully animated figures of Rayman, Globox or their many pals, you're treated to vibrant delight for your eyes.
While the action impresses, Rayman Legends' backgrounds pack a powerful punch, too. From scurrying rats and scuttling spiders to fearsome dragons and raging battles, there's no end to things happening on-screen.
Lively music and sound effects also play a massive part of the game, as oohs and ahhs celebrate your discovery of secret areas, while a variety of different styles make up a kaleidoscopic soundtrack. A guitar strumming version of Eye of the Tiger and a madcap rendition of Black Betty are particular highlights that will get your head nodding and feet tapping.
A journey like no other
Rayman Legends delivers inventive platform action that's so diverse that you'll need fast fingers to keep up with it all. Exploring a colourful art gallery as the main hub of your adventure, pick one of the unique looking heroes and leap through any of the dozens of paintings to embark on a thrilling mission to rescue the captive Teensies.
This is a game where you'll do it all: fly through a thorny forest, dash over obstacles in a madcap race, battle a furious dragon, fight a giant luchador, sneak through underwater lairs, eat levels made of cake ... Rayman Legends is a feast of the imagination.
At the end of each themed batch of levels is another ingenious twist - musical races. With a wall of flames hot on your heels, time your jumps to the rhythm of the popular tune to survive.
With plenty of hair-raising close shaves and death defying leaps, you'll be glad to know there are a few sedate moments too, which nicely use the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller. Rub the touch pad to scratch off the surface of your bonus gifting Lucky Pad and reveal your winnings. And when you're ready to take a snap and share any moment of your adventure, use pinching and pulling motions on the touch pad to zoom and pan around your freeze frame moment of glory.
You don't have to go it alone in your quest to collect Lums and free the Teensies; Rayman Legends has plenty of ways to play alongside your friends - or compete against them in a series of events.
Dive in to the Heroes gallery and you'll find portraits of Rayman and all of his buddies - jump into these portraits to switch between any of the characters you've unlocked. With up to four wireless controllers plugged in, you and your friends can choose your favourite characters and then dive into any of the available levels back in the main gallery, letting you work together to reach that last Lum or rescue any hard to reach Teensies that may have been eluding you when playing solo. Jumping into the Kung Foot painting will transport you to a football mini-game where you can take on up to three other players in madcap matches to smash the ball into the back of the net.
Inside the Challenges gallery, new daily and weekly trials will become available, giving you the chance to go head-to-head with players from all over the world and try to secure your spot on the leader board. Whether it's a timed race through a level or a quest to collect the most Lums, you can earn trophies and compare results with your PSN friends list or with international players. The challenges available to you will depend on your level of awesomeness - special status earned by working your way through the main game. The higher your level, the trickier the challenges available - no problem to a hero as awesome as you, right?