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Rayman Jungle Run Review (App of the week)

Being around for the introduction of games on mobile phones it is staggering to see how they have come so far, from the block snake that made my old Casio digital watch look good to the great quality we have now, with games such as Infinity Blade. It seems that these games can now compete with graphics on the home consoles and Rayman Jungle Run is the perfect example of this, looking at least as good as the recently released Rayman Origins.

Not having any controls per se, we find playing Rayman Jungle Run like you have a busted control pad stuck to the right, making you run constantly in one direction, leaving just the jumping down to you. Not that the game is as simple as that, since it is not just about well timed jumps but also holding your nerve and not jumping, risking it all to get that elusive Lum.

Each level has around 100 Lums that are placed most of the time in small arcs for you to jump at, the aim being to get each and every one. Though no story,the action progresses through 40 levels, starting with a basic jump the action ups the ante and powers as you progress, with hover jumps being added, wall running and later the ability to punch.

Control of Rayman is perfectly simple and very responsive, with a tap of the screen to make Rayman jump, holding the screen to make him hover.This only changes for the final 10 levels when the punch ability is unlocked with the left of the screen for jumping and hovering and the right to punch.

The levels have been adapted from familiar zones from the amazing Rayman Origins with dark caves, bouncing flower pods and moving spiked tentacles offering many hazards. All of the levels you traverse through look fantastic, with that familiar watercolored look that Rayman calls its own. It is very impressive indeed.

The pocket money asking price sadly denotes the longevity of this game, having played through most of the levels after only a couple of attempts. The added hook of unlocking bonuses will keep you coming back for more, getting perfect rounds and earning teeth to unlock Land of the Dead levels and also Rayman backgrounds to put on your phone, making this last a least a great distraction for a weeks worth of bus journeys.

Rayman Jungle Run is already top of the iOS charts and this is no surprise. What Ubisoft have here is a quality, must buy game that anyone who owns a mobile should be proud to own.

Words by Ash Buchanan

Review Policy (Version tested: iOS / iphone)
Cost ?1.99

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Edited On 22 Sep, 2012

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hallben's avatar
hallben 4 years ago
While the game sounds like a lot of fun and I commend the fact that your reviewing a title that is iOS and therefore not one sold through the site, I do however think having the price listed (and not just the fact its cheap implied) would be really helpful. Sadly its a very important factor in the decision making process that goes behind the purchase of any iOS title, for better or worse. Like I said though, really great to see the news and reviews side of shopto establishing itself as a credible critical platform.
Joe Anderson (Editor)'s avatar
Noted. I'll add the price in.
Joe Anderson (Editor) 4 years ago
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Kizzy 4 years ago
I would try this out....if i had an iphone, which i don't want and can't afford lol
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yellowned 4 years ago
I hadn't even heard of this until now. I rarely ever visit the app store, so l'll definitely purchase. I can't get enough of platformers, especially since there are so little this generation (on 360/PS3).
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ozon92 4 years ago
I saw this in action today and although it was all auto running it seemed to work pretty well, I
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Laura_1 4 years ago
Saw this on the app store, nice to see a review. Thoroughly enjoyed origins and I'm sure this not being too dissimilar looks excellent as an app. I'll end up getting this with a price drop no doubt! Great review.

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