|Developer(s)||Kaji Productions/Ubisoft Montpellier|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Playstation 4, Xbox One|
| July 8, 2015 (NA)|
July 21, 2015 (JPN)
July 23, 2015 (AUS)
July 8, 2015 (SK)
July 10, 2015 (EU)
|Media Included|| Nintendo 3DS Cartridge|
Digital Download, Wii U Optical Disc
Playstation 4 disc
Xbox One Disc
Rayman Chronicles (Japanese: レイマン クロニクル Reiman Kuronikuru) is a 2D platform game developed by Kaji Productions and Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft. It is the sixth main title in the Rayman Series, and a prequel to Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. The game was released on all systems for all countries, but at different dates.
This game carries on the classic gameplay style from Raymin Origins and Legends, in which up to 4 players can simultaneously make their way through each level of the game. Lums can be collected by touching them, defeating enemies, freeing Teensies, or beating side missions. You are able to play with all of the characters from the past game, and even a new character named Raygirl, along with new costumes as you proceed through the game.
Being a Rayman game, the game does not have much of an in-dept story, but instead just gives you the main idea and lets you play along. The only main cutscenes are the opening, meeting Dracadia, and the alternate endings.
The final war between Dreams and Nightmares has awakened, and the Glade of Dreams is under attack. Their leader is a new enemy, know as Dracadia, who has the appearance of a dark and evil witch. Before the Land of the Living Dead can attack, a hostage manages to break free, quickly getting the the Glade of Dreams to warn everyone. Much to everyone's surprise, this hostage is one of the last Raypeople of the world along with Rayman, ever since their species was wiped out clean a long time ago. She introduces herself to everyone as Raygirl, and proceeds to warn them about the attack. Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies go out on a new adventure to protect the Glade of Dreams from the darkness that is to come.
After saving enough Lums at each stage, the final boss is unlocked, which allows you to face off against Dracadia. However, at the beginning of the boss cutscene, a dark pulse is shot at Rayman. Raygirl pushes him out of the way and gets hit, mysteriously dissolving into a bunch of pink Lums, only her bow being left behind. When Rayman collects them, he powers up into a much bigger and stronger version of himself, and takes on Dracadia by himself.
There are two different endings to the game, depending on how you played. First, after Dracadia is defeated, she is shot to the moon, and the pink lums leave Rayman's body. If you freed all of the hidden fairies while playing through the worlds, they will all gather and take the lums. Then, circling around them, Raygirl re-appears from the Lums with a slightly different appearance. She begins to walk back to the Glade of Dreams, smirking as she walks past Rayman. After staring at Raygirl for a few seconds, Rayman snaps back into reality, chasing after his friend and grabbing her hand as the two walk back together. The camera moves into the sky, where a shooting star passes and Rayman, Raygirl, Globox, and Barbara's faces appear.
In the bad ending of the game, after Dracadia's defeat, the pink lums once again leave Rayman's body and scatter into the sky. Barbara walks up to Rayman and places her hand on his shoulder as he sighs, looking up. The lums form a picture of Raygirl and begin to glow, but after a few seconds, scatter again and disappear into the night sky. Barbara speaks, motioning Rayman to follow her back to the Glade of Dreams. After a few last moments of hope for his friend to return, Rayman turns back around and follows Barbara.
Online mode is a new addition to the Rayman games, allowing up to 4 players to connect via internet and play through the story of Rayman Chronicles. You can play as any character that you've unlocked, and two people can even pick the same character. If a player disconects, they'll simply be replaced by someone else looking for a match.
In this mode, you play as an character that you've unlocked and race through a mini obstacle coarse to reach the finish line first. This race requires you to use your power of flight and punch in order to reach the end, but also focus. There are three rounds of the race, and each round is a different opponent, and gets more difficult every time. If you win all three races, you get a trophy.
- The Beginning
- Wicked Wilderness
- Teensie Town
- Food Paradise
- Glade of...Nightmares?
- Dracadia's Land
It's-a Me, Rayman!
This was the first DLC available for Rayman Chronicles, and starts off with Rayman in the Mushroom Kingdom dressed up as Mario. The level represents stage one from New Super Mario Bros. 2, but is not 3D and is instead in the normal Rayman Chronicles style. You may play the stage as much as you want, and at the end of the stage awaits a Bowser boss. Defeating him will make you win the DLC and save "Princess Raygirl".
Rayman the Hedgehog DLC
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, a DLC was downloadable from June 23, 2016 to July 2, 2016. In this DLC Pack, Rayman gets a Sonic costume and runs through a world named Green Hill Zone, which has 3 stages (which are titles acts). Rayman is the only playable character in this DLC, and he still keeps his same powers, but his speed is increased. The normal enemies from Rayman Chronicles are now replaced with Eggman's robots, which can be defeated by either punching or jumping on them. Also, if you look closely, Sonic and his friends sometimes appear in the background of the stages.
Rayman Chronicles received critical acclaim form reviewers all over the world. Review aggregation websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Wii U version 95.09% and 98/100, the Xbox One version 96.54% and 95/100, the Nintendo 3DS version 90.88% and 91/100, and the PlayStation 4 version 98.00% and 95/100.
Edge gave the game a rare 9.5 out of 10, praising the game by saying, "A truly beautiful creation, and an excellent continuation of the Rayman Series."
The Wii U version of the game received a 38/40 from Famitsu.
IGN rated the game an outstanding 9/10, praising the game for it's gameplay, story, and the advance quality the game had, saying, "Rayman has come a long way since Origins, and I must say, it has payed off. Even in a war, the limbless hero keeps his cool and rescues the Glade of Dreams along with his new lady, and the entire story drew me in. Keep up the great work, Ubisoft."
Chronicles managed to outsell both Legends and Origins by a mile, selling nearly 3.5 million copies on the first week. The huge jump in sales was a surprise to Ubisoft, but the game turned out to be a huge success. At first, the series was planned to be cancelled, but the huge jump in the sales makes the game creators think otherwise. Also, because of this sales increase, Ubisoft will start to put more money into their Rayman Department, as well as leave the fans will hope of future Rayman games.
- Raygirl is the only ray-person to be in the main story of a Rayman game since the first Rayman game.
- The singing lums make a return from the previous game.
- The red lums from the previous game has been changed to pink lums.