Rayman Origins on PlayStation Vita is a journey that you won't want to end. Set in a magical world of imaginative 2D, this Ubisoft title is all about surprising you with fresh gameplay whenever it can.
Things start off simple - choosing from an initially small selection of characters, including Rayman and his best friend Globox, your task is to restore the Glade of Dreams to its former, haven-like glory. This can only be achieved by rescuing a number of captured Electoons and freeing Betilla the Nymph and her sisters over 60 levels of platforming beat ‘em up action.
After a few tutorial style stages that introduce you to the basics, you're thrown into a mixture of scenarios involving defeating enemies, surfing, gliding, swimming and even riding a mosquito. The variety of inventive tasks keeps you guessing in your quest, and you're rewarded for any exploration and experimentation.
The PlayStation Vita system's features come in handy as well. You pinch and pull the touchscreen to zoom the game camera in and out, or tap it to pop on-screen bubbles to finish off enemies and collect secret or trapped items.
Touches like these make Rayman Origins stand out. You'll have a blast discovering new secrets, unlocking more playable characters and bouncing around the colourful environments. And if the challenge it poses isn't enough, there's also a Ghost mode which allows you to download other players' best performances and race them to the end. Think you have an unbeatable time on your favourite level? Why not upload it via PlayStation Network and let others have a crack at beating it?