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The highly anticipated game Rayman Jungle Run hits app store, and it is called one of the best games you can get on the platform. Not quite an endless runner and not quite a platform game. Instead it is something in between and represents to me the best way to enjoy Rayman.

The sequel brings a lot of familiar elements to the table. Again you are working your way through auto-scrolling levels trying to dodge obstacles and make it to the end flag. The main difficulty comes from not only reacting to spikes and falls, but in managing to collect all 100 lums to master the level. Like in Jungle Run the levels can be difficult as they twist and turn and morph just as you think you know where you are going. Getting to the end is often easy, but completing the full sequence to get 100% is still a joyful challenge.

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Of special note to parents, this time around you can’t just finish a level to progress. You will need to eventually collect enough lums to use the blue…things… you gain to unlock further levels. So at some stage you might just need to jump in earlier before the levels get too difficult. For those who have not had their kids experience the series, I would highly recommend it for 3-5+ because it is very accessible for young gamers.

Where the basic gameplay remains the same, the setting has gotten a colourful upgrade. The repetitious jungles of the first game are gone and are replaced by a fiesta theme (funnily enough), filled with bright colours and a mixture of unusual elements like giant sweets mixed with burst of flame. Whilst the game does a better job of mixing it up, it is still the same old Rayman aesthetic which can take some getting used to. Further a lot of the levels felt plainer as new backgrounds are introduced, but the speed of introducing elements is consequently slowed down.

This new design is all complemented by a new world map feature that helps you move around. This is a welcome change, giving you a better feel of progress and a feel of a much larger game than the prequel (even if in raw levels you are not getting a huge amount more). Where it adds value is after completing a level, you can also return for a “hard” challenge which further helps justify the low entry price. Boss fights are another welcome addition, but in typical plat-former style they are neither that difficult or memorable. Still it all adds up to significantly more Rayman to play this time around.

To round out the package, you can exchange the collected lums for in-game power-ups like a heart (lets you take one hit) or unlockable artwork. It is an option that is there, but it doesn’t really add a lot unless you are really into the whole Rayman thing. Overall you’d be better off just sticking it out and concentrating on perfecting the game rather than worrying too much about those limited options.

 The main new addition to gameplay is that levels often run on multiple planes that you will switch back and forward into as you run. Whilst this is an impressive feature, it does come at a cost. Whereas Jungle Run ran fine on devices like an iphone 4, you will have no such joy here. The frame rate feels in single digits on your trusty old device and you will need to upgrade before jumping in with the second game.

This new design is all complemented by a new world map feature that helps you move around. This is a welcome change, giving you a better feel of progress and a feel of a much larger game than the prequel (even if in raw levels you are not getting a huge amount more). Where it adds value is after completing a level, you can also return for a “hard” challenge which further helps justify the low entry price. Boss fights are another welcome addition, but in typical plat-former style they are neither that difficult or memorable. Still it all adds up to significantly more Rayman to play this time around.

To round out the package, you can exchange the collected lums for in-game power-ups like a heart (lets you take one hit) or unlockable artwork. It is an option that is there, but it doesn’t really add a lot unless you are really into the whole Rayman thing. Overall you’d be better off just sticking it out and concentrating on perfecting the game rather than worrying too much about those limited options.

 The main new addition to gameplay is that levels often run on multiple planes that you will switch back and forward into as you run. Whilst this is an impressive feature, it does come at a cost. Whereas Jungle Run ran fine on devices like an iphone 4, you will have no such joy here. The frame rate feels in single digits on your trusty old device and you will need to upgrade before jumping in with the second game.

via toddhunterreport

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