Rayman’s a bit of an underappreciated figure these days. Notwithstanding his acclaimed comebacks in Rayman Origins and Legends, he seems to have dropped off the map again now, with a dearth of new content starring the limbless hero.
I would like to take a bit of time to praise the Rayman series, particularly the entry I spent the most time with in my youth. (I should like to return again to the Rayman series to look at my favourite as an adult, but that will have to wait.) My first Rayman game was the first sequel, Rayman 2: The Great Escape for N64. Continue reading
Charity shops and flea markets should be every gamer’s best friend. Rummaging around for games in musty shops feels almost like a game to me. I love the mystery of not knowing what will be there, and it feels great those times when you find valuable/rare/unusual/cool games on sale for a pittance. Bombastic was a recent charity shop find, an excellent one at that, and even more recently I got an inside tip from (of all people) my mother, on a bunch of games for sale at a charity shop she volunteers in. Without knowing specific titles or even the total number of games, I asked if she could buy them for me. She bought all the PS1 games, but turned down Goldeneye on N64 out of hand because she figured I must already own it…bless you Mum, you know me so well 😥
Now the haul is in and we’re looking at 8 PS1 titles here of varying quality and interest, including one duplicate of a game I already own – not a surprising duplicate, since Rayman, the 2D platformer of choice for dedicated masochists, was an early PS1 release and the best ever selling PS1 game in the UK. With that knowledge, all those Rayman ports and re-releases churned out over the years with no accompanying fanfare suddenly make a good deal of sense as exact equivalents of the well known flatulent concept, the Ninja Fart, aka silent but deadly. Continue reading