Portable Gaming: Rayman Jungle Run

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Browsing the app stores can be a truly confusing experience with dodgy user reviews destroying any confidence one might find in a ratings system. Luckily I’m here to guide you to games that won’t waste your time or your money. Intrigued? Read on past the jump.

Simplification has destroyed mobile phone gaming for me. So many of the games I play offer little more than a lame and repetitive mini game with a money fuelled progression. Sure, phone games are all about simple fun, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of ingenuity. A subtle balance of fun, skill and style is the key to a producing an addictive phone game. However, sometimes these ideas are lost in the forest with the swelling ranks of new additions to the apps stores.

Imagine my surprise when I picked up Rayman Jungle Run and discovered that the game is controlled by merely a single button. No left or right motion, no attack, just jump. Sound a little too easy? Well, bare with me and I’ll explain.

KAPOW!

Rayman Jungle run is broken up into four ten-level blocks, each focusing on one particular skill, be it jumping, flying, wall running or punching. Each level begins with Rayman warming up on the spot ready to sprint across the level non-stop, leaving you to do the hard yards using simple touch controls to guide him.

The first block requires focused tapping of the screen to jump. Rayman moves at a reasonable pace, so the aim is to avoid pot holes and collect bugs and coins. The skill component resides in the timing. With no directional control if you miss a collectable you are forced to restart if you want to get it.Though the first few levels are simple enough but by the tenth you feel the tension and focus kick in.

As you hit the second and third block, the game adds more skills as the difficulty increases exponentially making it harder and harder to 100% the levels, and herein lies the challenge. If you manage to maintain a decent score as you progress you’ll be rewarded with a gallery of awesome art pictures to use as backgrounds for your phone or to add to your personal library. This adds a incredibly satisfying sense of reward to the experience.

Don’t touch the roof or the ground. You’d be better off avoiding everything

Rayman Jungle Run is powered by the Ubisoft Art engine (from Rayman Origins) and looks absolutely stunning. Each level is its own work of art, offering a unique and sumptuous visual experience with a lavish and detailed art style that doesn’t feel repetitive in the slightest. As far as the gameplay is concerned it moves along fluidly with no staggering and Rayman’s animations are silky smooth and clean.

Rayman Jungle Run is one of the first games I’ve played that feels like it was developed exclusively with mobile gaming in mind. It’s perfect for a quick five minute break and all too tempting an option to kill an hour between classes. With a price tag of only $2.99 on both the Android and iOS stores Rayman Jungle Run is a prime example of cheap, accessible and fun phone gaming that offers an incredible amount of value for a measly three dollars.

10/10

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Joshua Philpott

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Games writer, podcaster and tech wizard. Obsessed with obscure horror films, crazy gadgets and caffeine. Passionate, argumentative and open minded. Freelance writer and co-founder rawDLC.

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