Rayman: The Dark Magician's Reign of Terror

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Rayman: The Dark Magician's Reign of Terror, abridged RDMRT, is an unofficial Rayman game made through Game Maker Studio and first released in 2015. Its final update, version 1.2.0, was released in 2017. The game was created by Ryemanni, formerly known as "Raymanni", with the help of DromEd, Kurakao, Schutziege and Pihlajanmarja.

This game shares many similarities with Rayman 1, even using many of its sprites, characters and gameplay mechanics. It is the predecessor to Rayman Redemption and Rayman ReDesigner in most regards and some content from Rayman The Dark Magician's Reign of Terror was remade for both of these games.

Plot

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The game takes place in the valley, albeit in locations never seen before in the original Rayman. The world was at peace and Rayman and his friends were relaxing, until one day a sinister great storm spawned out of nowhere. As the valley's inhabitants waited for the storm to pass, a giant red lightning bolt struck the Great Protoon. The dark power of the storm caused the Great Protoon to create the Dark Magician who laughed and yelled he would take over the valley in the name of the "great darkness".

The Dark Magician started to build his kingdom, captured the Electoons and created his evil minions. Rayman and his friends attempted to fight the Dark Magician, but weren't strong enough to overcome his powers. Rayman was captured with the Magician and were each taken to two different prisons.

Betilla, who fled from the Dark Magician, came to Flint Jail to help Rayman. She tasks Rayman with rescuing the Magician in the Fiery Fort so his magic can help them defeating the Dark Magician. Rayman must go through twelve worlds to accomplish his goal of saving the world from the Dark Magician and the storm.

Flint Jail

Rayman must first escape from Flint Jail, an insalubrious grey prison and the starting world of this game. Betilla will often appear again on his way to give him advice, and so will the Dark Magician to taunt him. Rayman will meet his first opponents in this adventure: the Magic Minions, the main forces of the Dark Magician. He will also encounter Savage Minion, a colossal minion first found sleeping on his guard duty. Rayman will have to defeat him to progress to the next world.

Tropical Isle

The second world of the game is the Tropical Isle, an island where many tourists and totems can be found. At the end, he will have to face Mr Smushy, a giant green octopus-like creature who is a pet of the Dark Magician.

Techno Towers

The third world is the Techno Towers, a mountain of batteries and wiring built by Professor Pascal, an ally of the Dark Magician. There, Rayman must defeat the B.A.D Machine, the latest creation of Professor Pascal.

Flying Mountains

The fourth world is the Flying Mountains, some mountains located in the sky and populated by living plums. Rayman will be challenged by U.F.O, a flying saucer rode by an alien of the same race as Joe.

Almost Space

The fifth world is Almost Space, one of the game's shorter locations. This place features cosmic rocky platforms and an alien base. Inside the space station, Rayman will have to defeat an Alien Android, earning him the aliens' blue switch key and allowing him to progress further.

Secret Lab

The sixth world of the game is the Secret Lab, Professor Pascal's hazardous domain located below the Techno Towers. Rayman must get past the mad scientist's traps here and defeat Pascal.

Desert of Despair

The Desert of Despair is the seventh world, an extremely dry and dangerous desert inhabited by cactus creatures and where thick sandstorms occur. Mr Cactus is the boss of this region and must be vanquished before Rayman can go further.

Brutal Burialground

The eighth world is the Brutal Burialground, a gloomy area filled with graves, ghosts and featuring a castle ruled by the Reaper. The Reaper is the ghost king and has been tasked by the Dark Magician to take down Rayman's life. He is first met in his castle, appearing repetitively to attack Rayman by surprise with his scythe, and he is then directly faced and defeated by Rayman. Both the Fiery Fort and Freezy Freezer can then be reached from this world.

Fiery Fort

The Fiery Fort is the ninth world, a hot prison full of fire and lava, with some similarities to Flint Jail. Rayman must free the Magician here, but the Dark Magician will try to get to him first. On the way, Rayman will have to fight the Dark Magician in a pursuit. While Rayman manages to survive, the Dark Magician successfully steals the Magician's wand, granting him "double the power". The Magician is left with only the ability to cast simple spells as a result, and activates the green clouds throughout the Valley so Rayman can walk on them. The Magician then is able to leave in order to host his game room and shop, where Rayman can come to play some minigames and buy useful items.

Freezy Freezer

The tenth world of the game is the Freezy Freezer, a cold icy structure where snow is able to fall. Multi Minion awaits here, another creation of the Dark Magician which Rayman must defeat to make it to the Dark Magician's lair.

Dark Stronghold

The Dark Stronghold is the eleventh and penultimate world of the game, an evil red fortress ruled by the Dark Magician and which is very similar to Flint Jail and Fiery Fort. Dark Magician will regularly attempt to attack Rayman by surprise throughout this world, and both Savage Minion and Multi Minion must be defeated again.

Before granting Rayman the "honour" of meeting him, the Dark Magician challenges Rayman to overcome the Maze of Memories, which is comprised of parts from each world he has already gone through. Rayman can then finally face the Dark Magician at the top of his tower. After a gruelling fight, the Dark Magician is defeated by Rayman, leaving his hat as his final remains.

Dark Storm

Dark Storm is the twelfth and final world and is reached from the roof of the Dark Stronghold. The storm behind all of the events of the story has grown bigger and must be destroyed so peace can be restored to the Valley. To get to this final trial, Rayman must free all the Electoons, which will create a path of clouds to the last level.

In the Eye of the Storm, Rayman gets to fight evil clouds and ultimately the Heart of the Storm, a purple core of darkness capable of shooting barrages of evil projectiles. Rayman is victorious, but the destruction of the Heart of the Storm causes him to fall down as the sky starts to clear. The Valley's atmosphere is cleaned of the dark magic and Rayman survives the drop as the world's peace and harmony is restored.

Gameplay

Rayman: The Dark Magician's Reign of Terror is a 2D side-scrolling platform game in the same style as Rayman 1. The player must play as Rayman for most of the game, but Dark Rayman and Mr Dark are also available as unlockable characters. The game features twelve worlds coming with their own hubs and a total of thirty-two levels, each of them containing six Cages of Electoons to find, with the exception of the last one.

The heads-up display is mostly the same as in the original Rayman, using blue text instead of pink. It shows how many lives and units of health Rayman have, and how many Tings as well as Cages and Coins he has collected in total. Rayman starts with five lives and three units of health which can be increased to five by collecting a Big Power until he loses a life. Rayman can gain an extra life by collecting 100 Tings or picking up a life statue. Damage can only take away one unit of health at a time, and the player is sent back to the title screen if Rayman loses all his lives. Many unique Collectibles can be found in the game, some of which are requested by some characters who can reward Rayman with Coins and extra lives.

The game is considered very difficult and rather unbalanced in its difficulty curve, as the creators were inexperienced with game development at the time.

All levels can be replayed and already defeated bosses can be skipped. However, due to a mistake, attempting to skip the first Dark Magician battle will send the player back to the title screen. Cages that have been broken are replaced by golden empty ones during subsequent playthrough, rewarding Rayman with four Tings and a Coin. Lives and most coins that have already been collected do not respawn, however, making it difficult to keep a high and steady supply of lives. It will become necessary to backtrack to past levels in order to unlock the true ending of the game, as the space key and the green cloud allows Rayman to find Cages in previously unreachable areas.

List of powers and power-ups

Rayman starts the game with all of his powers from Rayman 1, excluding the Grimace and the ability to hang to ledges. However, he can unlock permanent access to some platforms which are unavailable at first, and some temporary power-ups are necessary to progress in certain locations.

Permanent

Temporary

  • Power Jump Shoes: Also known as the "Super Jump", this power allows Rayman to jump very high.
  • Flying Cube: A mechanical contraption which Rayman can summon in some levels by hitting a lever. Rayman can control it while standing in the same spot to hit objects in unreachable locations.
  • Ice Fist: Allows Rayman to extinguish enemies and obstacles on fire.
  • Fire Fist: Enables Rayman to break ice cubes.

Power-ups

  • Tings: Small blue orbs found nearly everywhere and earning Rayman an extra life whenever he gets 100 of them.
  • Coins: Rare tokens similar to Tings and allowing Rayman to buy items in the shops. They can also be earned by beating bosses or by satisfying the requests of side characters.
  • Powers: Comes in either a small variation or a large one, the former healing a life point, while the latter replenishes Rayman's entire health and gives him two extra health points until he loses a life.
  • Golden Fist: Makes Rayman's fist twice as strong.
  • Life: Gives Rayman an extra life.

Characters

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Rayman meets various characters throughout his adventure, either friendly or hostile.

Friends

Enemies

Levels

Rayman: The Dark Magician's Reign of Terror features 12 worlds with a hub, and 32 levels in total.

Flint Jail

Tropical Isle

Techno Towers

Flying Mountains

Almost Space

Secret Lab

Desert of Despair

Brutal Burialground

Fiery Fort

Freezy Freezer

Dark Stronghold

Dark Storm

Shops are also available in the hub of most worlds, and the Magician's features three bonus minigames: Whack an Antitoon, Yin Yang Boing and Rigatoni's Circus.

Soundtrack

The game's soundtrack was made by Ryemanni, Pihlajanmarja and Schutziege using Magix Music Maker.

In 2023, Ryemanni released a high-quality version of the soundtrack in stereo format on the game's Game Jolt page. It also features three unused tracks, including an early version of the boss theme for Mr Cactus, music intended for Picture City which was used for a teaser, and a cut track with an unknown purpose titled "Hall of Doors".

Reception

The game was very well received when it released, with many players considering it one of the best unofficial Rayman games, although some noted the rough difficulty.

After Rayman Redemption and Rayman ReDesigner's release, the game received harsher criticism for its gameplay outclassed by its successors, and for its amateurism and lack of polish compared to those two and some other games. Ryemanni himself made note of its flaws, which are the result of his past lack of experience.

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