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Video Game: Rayman Legends
Become a hero of legend...

Rayman Legends is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Rayman Origins. The game takes place one hundred years after Rayman Origins. After defeating The Magician and saving The Glade of Dreams, Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies take a century long nap, during which the nightmares grew in numbers and strength, becoming monsters of legend, like dragons and giant frogs. Rayman and friends wake up, and with the help of Murfy and new friend Barbara, must save the world again.

The game was originally set to be released as a Wii U exclusive in February 2013, but a couple weeks before its release date Ubisoft announced that it would be delayed until September in order to have a simultaneous multiplatform launch on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PS Vita, and PC as well. As an apology, the Wii U got the game's Challenge Mode as a free download in April. Plus, the production team used the extra time to add a lot of additional content to the game, including dozens of new levels. The sequel retains the first game's gameplay, art style (though the characters have a more painted look to them), and 5-Player co-op (5 players on the Wii U version at least), but goes in a more fantasy-based direction, with worlds based off fairy tales and Greek Mythology. The exceptions would be a Dia de los muertos-themed level and an underwater spy-themed level that also pays homage to Jules Verne.

The official site can be found here.

Rayman Legends contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Barbara and the other princesses.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: Advancing luchadors, walls of fire, Dragons, sea monsters, eels, small furry creatures...
  • Aerith and Bob: The princesses have rather fancy names, like Aurora and Estelia, but then there's Emma, and Barbara herself.
  • All There in the Script: The soundtrack implies that the boss of Olympus Maximus is none other than the god Hades.
  • A Load of Bull: The main enemies of Olympus Maximus are Minotaurs.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: The colors on Aurora's skin will switch sides if she turns around.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: The Japanese Box art involves Rayman and co. in their usual happy-go-lucky stance a la Origins, bar monster fighting. Compare with the International Box art, with Rayman ready to punch a monster directly in the mouth, with the help of Murfy.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of the Dark Teensies is to be painfully used as instruments by demons on the moon. This is, of course, Played for Laughs.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes:
    • The costume rewards from the previous game are back, and you can unlock tens of new skins for Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies by getting enough Lums.
    • There are two "Warrior Princesses" in every world to save. As all of them are identical twins of Barbara (albeit with highly varied fashion sense), well...
    • Saving all 700 Teensies unlocks the Golden Teensie costume, while collecting one million Lums unlocks the Rayomz character.
  • An Axe to Grind: Barbara, unlike Rayman and pals' fisticuffs, wields an axe.
  • Art Evolution: Legends moves away from the Thick-Line Animation of Origins in favor of a more painterly look, to show off the latest version of the UbiArt engine's ability to light 2D characters in real time with 3D lighting.
  • Artificial Brilliance: When playing the co-op alone, the computer player that you need to clear the way for is surprisingly smart. If waiting for the path to be cleared will waste time, it will rush in headlong, hoping the player does their part in time. If it won't waste time, it will stand patiently instead of getting itself killed needlessly. It doesn't dash, but this is likely to reward players playing co-op together.
  • Asymmetric Multiplayer: The player using the GamePad can control Murphy at any point to clear obstacles and tickle enemies.
  • A Winner Is You: You beat the last boss, and punch the final Magician to the moon, then... the game just sorta stops and rolls the credits.
  • Background Boss: El Chile, the boss of Fiesta de los Muertos. Yes, he attacks with his hands.
  • Badass in Distress: Rayman in the epic E3 trailer. He's rescued by Barbara.
  • Badass Princess: Barbara and her sisters.
  • Bag of Spilling: Averted. Rayman and pals keep all the moves they learned in the previous games.
    • Almost averted with the Vita version; the ability to tap the screen and pop Lum bubbles like in Origins was removed. This was likely done because the leaderboards are shared across all platforms of the game, which would make challenges revolving around collecting Lums skew unfairly towards Vita players.
  • Balloon Belly/Pop Goes the Human: Happens to any character who dies, like in the previous game.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In some of the Fiesta de los Muertos world levels, The Magician appears and turns Rayman and friends into ducks. They still retain all of their attacks, though.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The default outfit for new character Barbara.
  • Big Bad: The Magician. All five of him.
  • Blank White Eyes: Whenever any of the characters freak out or get hurt.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: The first level of Toad Story
  • Call Back: After each boss fight, The Magician gets launched into space and passes a constellation that looks like a pig from the Raving Rabbids series.
    • The invasion level for "What the Duck", a level primarily involving cakes, has Dark Rayman as its main enemy, similar to how Dark Rayman first appeared in a cake themed level in the first game.
    • Speaking of Dark Rayman, his invasion levels force you to keep moving as he'll mimic your every action, just like what he did in the first game.
    • The previous game had you freeing electoons from cages, like the first Rayman game. In this one, you'll free teensies, as in Rayman 2.
  • Cap: You're limited to collecting 999 Lums in one runthrough of a level. This is the easiest to attain in the final boss level and subsequent credits.
  • Checkpoint Starvation: There are no checkpoints in the entirety of Living Dead Party.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The nymphs are oddly absent in this one. The Princesses take their place.
  • Cloud Cuckooland: Naturally.
  • Cool Old Lady: The Grannies, a rock band with old women.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer:
    • With Rayman, Globox, Barbara, and a Teensie. You can unlock more characters like in the previous game, however.
    • A fifth player can use the Gamepad to play as Murphy, who can manipulate platforms and mess with enemies. However, you can do this style of play with as little as two players as well.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each world has the captive Teensies in clad in different colored prison uniforms. Teensies in Trouble has them wearing yellow, Toad Story has them in green, Fiesta de los Muertos in orange, 20,000 Lums Under the Sea in purple, and Olympus Maximus has them in blue.
  • Creative Closing Credits: Like in Rayman Origins, you can run around and destroy the letters as they scroll.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: One-eyed winged pigs appear in Olympus Maximus.
  • Cute Bruiser: Barbara and her sisters.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: see Megaton Punch.
  • Damsel out of Distress: The lady teensies who manage to free themselves from each Dark Teensie.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Dark Creatures and the Dark Teensies.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Elysia, Twila, Selena, and Sibylla wear black clothing with gothic elements, like bat wings on the helmets. However, they're no less heroic than the other playable characters.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Dem Bones: The main enemies in the Fiesta De Los Muertos world.
  • Development Gag: The appearance of Rabbids in an in-house concept trailer could be a bit of a reference to the cancelled Rayman 4, where they were the main mooks of the game before it turned into Rayman Raving Rabbids. The level they're shown in even looks like a 2D version of early screenshots of Rayman 4.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: The challenge rooms open up when you gain enough Awesomeness. It is entirely possible to get silvers and golds before the day/week ends. However, you have to explicitly get bronze on one challenge to get the appropriate achievement/trophy: getting silver does not unlock bronze.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The boss of Olympus Maximus.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: The aptly named Elevator Ambush level in 20,000 Lums Under the Sea.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: 10 of them, and they're all playable.
  • Fake Longevity: If you're looking to unlock everything. Getting one million Lums to unlock the final character will take lots of replaying levels or many days of challenges to gather. Similarly, getting the final level of awesomeness will require you to play many challenges to attain it. Freeing all the teensies and getting all the trophies is entirely possible with a single run though, since you have all your powers right from the beginning.
  • Fantastic Light Source: Several demo levels show off luminescent flora plants that are used to keep enemies at bay.
  • Fiery Redhead: Barbara.
  • Four-Leaf Clover: Collecting a certain amount of Lums in some levels gets you a Lucky Ticket, which bears a clover on it. They unlock new levels in the Back to Origins mode.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Teensies in Trouble, the first world, is based around fairy tales. The second world, Toad Story, is based around "Jack and the Beanstalk", so it could count too.
  • Frogs and Toads:
    • The main enemies of Toad Story and 20,000 Lums Under the Sea.
    • The boss of Toad Story is a giant toad wearing Steampunk armor.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The Bubble Dreamer blows his bubbles out of something that looks very similar to a Hookah, which he had kept since Origins.
    • The first level of the Fiesta de los Muertos world is called What the Duck.
    • One of the levels in Olympus Maximus is called Hell Breaks Loose, which makes it an almost literal example.
    • Two of the new characters are Rayomz and Poglox, who are basically naked versions of Rayman and Globox.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Cloud of Darkness, the boss of Olympus Maximus. The worlds' bosses are summoned by the Magicians, but this one seems to be an exception.
  • Goomba Stomp: Like in the first game, just one of many ways to defeat enemies.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: There are a total of 700 Teensies to save in the game, with ten being hidden in most of the levels, and collecting all ten will give you a gold cup. Most of the levels also require you to collect 600 Lums, which also gives you a gold cup if you collect them all. There are also Skull Coins, which are vital to collecting all the Lums, and the Teensies themselves are also required to collect all the Lums. There's also a few other collectibles too, the Lucky Tickets that unlock levels in Back to Origins, and the Creatures, which appear their own room and produce Lums each day, similar to the Zen Garden of Plants vs. Zombies 1.
    • Collecting Teensies not only unlocks new levels, but also unlocks the new princess characters. The other characters are unlocked by collecting certain amounts of Lums, with the last character requiring 1 million Lums.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The Fiesta de los Muertos ("Feast/Party of the Dead") world, and its boss, El Chili.
  • Greek Mythology: Olympus Maximus is a twisted version of Greek myths. Near the end of the first level, a god's hand comes out of the clouds to zap you.
  • Hand or Object Underwear: Rayomz and Poglox use leaves.
  • Hard Mode Filler: Living Dead Party. Save for Grannies World Tour, this extra world is only composed of all the previous Musical Levels, only remixed into chiptune and racked up in difficulty by removing all the markers and checkpoints while adding in gratuitous amounts of Camera Screw. It even ends with an 8-bit version of Grannies World Tour, meaning the world contains its own Hard Mode Filler!
  • Heavy Mithril: The Castle Rock and Dragon Slayer stages.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Dark Rayman. In the first game he was an obstacle, and in Origins he was a playable character, but now he's back to being a villain, as there are some levels where he chases you, much like Rayman 1. He's still playable, though.
    • Maybe a case of Decomposite Character since the playable character is named "Raymesis" while the clone who chases you retains the name of "Dark Rayman". Their colors are also different.
  • Hell:
    • A moon with demons on it fulfills this for the Dark Teensies.
    • Also, many stages of Olympus Maximus has you plunging deep into the fiery pit of Hades in search of the final nightmare.
  • Interface Screw: The 8-Bit music levels, which have effects ranging from the kinda cool fish-eye camera to the really aggravating static that completely blocks your view.
    • Culminates in the 8-bit edition of Grannies World Tour, which switches rapidly between every effect in the previous 8-bit levels AND introduces a new type of interface screw for good measure.
  • Jerkass Gods: At the end of "Shields Up... and Down", a god tries to kill you by shooting lightning with his finger
  • Jiggle Physics: Barbara in the CGI trailer.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Sir Rayelot and Sir Glombrax.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Dark Teensies Kick the Dog repeatedly by pinching the noses of tied-up victims... but are always later foiled when the prisoner wriggles free and returns the favor, causing the Magician to lose concentration and breaking his force field, allowing the prisoner to escape.
    • And also when a boss is beaten, the heroes make sure the magician who summoned it eats a Megaton Punch and sends them to an equivalent of Hell.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Magician comes back as an antagonist spoiling the twist of Rayman Origins for those who haven't yet played it.
    • Nicely averted with the "Mama of All Nightmares" level in Back to Origins section. The level ends as soon the boss is defeated. So the cutscene where her true identity is revealed is cut.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: Happens at the end of "Breathing Fire!" after beating down the boss.
  • Level Ate: The Fiesta de los Muertos world. One level, "Spoiled Rotten" shows what happens when the food goes bad.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The toad boss's main strategy.
  • Masked Luchador: El Chili, the boss of the Fiesta de los Muertos world.
    • One also chases you in some of the levels, and there are several luchadores that crash from above, usually to clear a hazardous area.
  • Megaton Punch: The Magician gets a very well deserved one.
  • Me's a Crowd: There are apparently FIVE Magicians.
  • Mickey Mousing: Legends uses this even more than its predecessor. This trailer devotes an entire stage to matching Black Betty by Ram Jam, and another uses "Eye of the Tiger".
  • Mini-Game: Kung Foot, which is basically Football (Soccer).
  • Musical Gameplay: Each world has a level based completely around this, most of which use licensed music: Castle Rock uses Black Betty, Mariachi Madness uses Eye of the Tiger, Gloo Gloo uses the 5 6 7 8's version of Woo Hoo, and Dragon Slayer uses Antisocial. The exceptions are Orchestral Chaos, which uses a classical-music piece (some say it's Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but it's hard to tell), and Grannies World Tour, which is a guitar-heavy version of "Land of the Livid Dead".
  • Naked People Are Funny: Rayomz and Poglox.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Yeah the game hypes up Barbra's addition as a new character...then you find out she's just one of several princesses that are all playable. Pretty shameful, Ubisoft.
  • Nintendo Hard: The Invasion levels. Having to go through the difficult courses is enough, but having to blaze through in under 40 seconds to get a gold cup becomes very difficult later on. Then, upon beating all the worlds, the Dark Rayman Invasions are unlocked. Have fun not only doing the above, but you're also chased by a shadow that copies your movements and kills you upon contact. Sometimes, the Dark Rayman Invasions require you to kill enemies in order to proceed, in addition to the strict time limit.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: Invoked. Michel Ancel has described the plot like this:
    “In a way, it’s a bit like a porno: you go straight to the essential without really wondering why the plumber was there in the first place.”
    • Despite this, one of the biggest complaints from fans and critics is the lack of story, even when compared to the story light Rayman Origins.
  • Nostalgia Level: 40 levels from Rayman Origins have been remastered in the "Back to Origins" mode. There's enough levels that it's just about an Embedded Precursor.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Castle in the Clouds. Also appears in Armored Toad.
  • One Hitpoint Wonder: Although you can pick up a heart which provides you with an extra hit, they don't appear in all levels so many times you can only take one hit before dying.
  • Once Upon a Time: The first level.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The game has two types of dragons: the ones in Teensies in Trouble, which are fat, squat, and wear dog collars; and the ones in Olympus Maximus, which have long necks and more resemble the Hydra of Greek Mythology. The boss of Teensies in Trouble is a much bigger, spikier and yellow version of the first type of dragon.
    • The small, wingless dragons from Rayman Origins reappear in Fiesta de los Muertos and the remastered Gourmand Land.
  • Panty Shot: Dying as a skirt-wearing princess causes their panties to show when they are inflated.
  • Play Every Day: In addition to the challenges, the creatures you collect will give you Lums each day.
  • Pokémon Speak: The luchadores from Fiesta de los Muertos, who scream the name of their wrestling-related profession of choice as they attempt to squash Rayman and friends.
  • Portal Picture: This is how you enter levels and switch characters.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Ursula's weapon of choice.
  • Recurring Boss: The Magician seems to be one, as he appears in Toad Story, as well as in 20,000 Lums Under the Sea. It turns out that there are FIVE of him.
  • Recycled Trailer Music: The music used in the Rayman Legends concept trailer comes from the film How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Retraux: The 8-Bit Musical Challenges give the levels pixelation filters and dizzying analog screen effects, which actually manage to make the already difficult levels even harder.
  • Rise to the Challenge: The Infinite Tower challenge map mixes this with Shifting Sand Land and reuses bits from The Desert of Didgeridoos.
  • Robotic Reveal: The Magician's Sea Monster turns out to actually be a robot.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Used in this trailer announcing the release of the game on Xbox One and PS4 - with Snoop Dogg heading into the game with Rayman.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not only does Grand Minimus return, but Barbara and her 9 other sisters are all princesses.
  • Scenery Porn: Back in full-force with a new oil paint-like art style. The background of "Shields Up... and Down" in Olympus Maximus is a painting-like Greek hills that needs to be seen to believed.
  • Sea Monster: The Magician calls on one to attack Rayman and friends.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: The check points are more frequents than the previous game and cups are easier to get than the medals. Some levels in Back to Origins are easier, notoriously the Tricky Treasure levels.
  • Shark Man: The Sea Shark enemies in 20,000 Lums Under the Sea, though they don't actually look much like sharks.
  • Shout-Out: The fact that you enter levels via paintings should remind platformer fans of a certain other platform game.
    • The mere mention of the name "Castle Rock" is one to the works of Stephen King.
    • The toads in the underwater world wear Splinter Cell goggles. This was lampshaded by Ubi at their E3 2013 press event, which placed a screenshot of said toads onstage right after the Splinter Cell: Blacklist preview ended.
    • The PS Vita version of the game has an exclusive Prince of Persia costume for Rayman and a Splinter Cell costume for Globox. Likewise, the pre-order bonuses for the other consoles feature Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed-based costumes, while the Wii U version of the game has exclusive Super Mario Bros. costumes for Rayman and Globox.
    • In Lucha Libre Get Away, you drop the Luchador that's been chasing you throughout the level into a pit of lava, and as he sinks, he gives the thumbs up.
    • The world "Fiesta de los Muertos" has a lot in common with Guacamelee!, even though Legends was presumably in development earlier, including: the Dia de los Muertos festival, lucha libre fighters, references to Mexican food, and even being turned into a fowl.
    • In the Toad Story levels, enemy paratroopers you encounter may hum five notes of Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, the background music for the helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now.
    • The title of the 20,000 Lums Under the Sea area is a Shout-Out to Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
      • Mansion of the Deep is highly reminiscent of the Nautilus, Captain Nemo's ship.
      • The shark enemies use electric guns, also used in Twenty Thousand Leagues (to hunt marine animals, no less).
      • The Mysterious Inflatable Island is an obvious homage to The Mysterious Island, another novel by Verne featuring Captain Nemo. Fitting for a game produced by a French studio.
    • The Jules Verne references in 20,000 Lums Under the Sea then give way to spy film homages...
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: Some aspects of the game, such as the dragons, are polygons, while the rest is done in sprites.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: The Underwater Base levels have lights that you have to stay out of in order to avoid dying.
  • Sudden Name Change: Dark Rayman was referred to as Dark Ray in Origins, but is now given the official title of Raymesis here.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Bubble Dreamer speaks perfect English in the opening.
  • Time Trial: The Invasion levels. You have to beat a certain time to save 3 Teensies from being blasted into the sky by fireworks. Enemies and obstacles from other worlds also appear in the Invasion levels, making it much harder and unpredictable.
  • Treehouse of Fun: The main hub is a big tent on top of the Snoring Tree.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: This happens to The Magician after each boss fight.
  • Überwald: Certain sections of Teensies in Trouble, like Castle Rock, and, once again, The Land of the Livid Dead.
  • Underwater Base: 20,000 Lums Under the Sea has this along with a mansion.
  • Up to Eleven: This is the ultimate level of Awesomeness, gained through winning several trophies in-game and in the regular Daily/Weekly Challenges.
  • Variable Mix: In spirit of its predecessor, but seemingly even more so this time.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Slapping from the first game has been kept. Expect more of this trope!
    • Think twice before using Murfy...or else you can accidentally drop teensies into lava or Bottomless Pit.
  • Video Game Settings:
  • Weakened by the Light: The furry creatures from Olympus Maximus.
  • The Worm That Walks: The boss of Olympus Maximus is a giant conglomeration of the furry creatures found in parts of the world.
  • Wutai: The Dojo challenge map.
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