We're not quite sure just how we missed it, but while Touch Arcade was at Macworld 2010, Gameloft posted a short teaser video spreading the news that Ubisoft's classic (and cuddly) platformer Rayman is on its way to the iPhone and iPod touch.

Rayman made his debut in 1995 on the Atari Jaguar and MS-DOS, followed closely by Playstation and Sega Saturn releases. The 2D platformer featured some of the most lavish console graphics ever seen at the time and was immensely playable. I, personally, threw several weeks of my life into the game, glued to my shiny new Playstation back in early 1996. And, while the game was followed up by a number of 2D and 3D sequels, it's really the first that feels the best, and which we believe (and hope) is the version that's headed to the iPhone.

The game's backstory is as amusing as its colorful, cartoony graphics.

In Rayman world's, nature and people live together in peace. The Great Protoon provides and maintains the harmony and balance in the world.

Sorry Folks, this apparently can't last.

... one fateful day, the Great Protoon is stolen by Mr. Dark, an evil being! The Electoons who used to gravitate around it lose their natural stability and scatter all over the world! Troublesome, isn't it? (and untidy, too!) In this now-unbalanced world, strange phenomena begin to occur: freaks and hostile characters appear, capturing every Electoon they can find! They definitely need a HERO to save them now, don't you think?

Rayman must recapture the Great Protoon from its mysterious kidnapper, free the Electoons and reasseble them all to restore the world's harmony. But will the bad guys let him do it?... After all, he doesn't have arms or legs... but don't panic, neither do the bad guys.

Have a look at a bit of gameplay from the Playstation version of the game.

We'll be sure to let readers know when they can expect to begin their own iPhone-based search for the Great Protoon as soon as we get further details.

  • chris

    cute :) my girl will dig this.

  • chris

    cute :) my girl will dig this.

  • cjelly

    It's a 3D Rayman model in the video... what makes you think it's 2D?

  • cjelly

    It's a 3D Rayman model in the video... what makes you think it's 2D?

  • Jeff

    It's 2d. Just a sprite with many frames =)

    Probably will control like butt with a virtual stick though...

    Seriously stop porting over platformers to the iphone. Their are tons of better suited games to port over to iphone...

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      I'm glad they ported over Giana Sisters to the iPhone. It can't beat the old C64 joystick, but it certainly works. The only problem is sometimes missing a button when I tap it. No tactile feedback means i need to precisely remember the exact spot to tap. Nothing I can't get used to. Other than that, it's perfect.

      I'd say platformers are some of the better-suited games for iPhone, if the controls are simple. Meaning, left/right and jump/fire or similar. Works well-enough, what can go wrong? Better than those accelerator driving games if you ask me.

  • Jeff

    It's 2d. Just a sprite with many frames =)

    Probably will control like butt with a virtual stick though...

    Seriously stop porting over platformers to the iphone. Their are tons of better suited games to port over to iphone...

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      I'm glad they ported over Giana Sisters to the iPhone. It can't beat the old C64 joystick, but it certainly works. The only problem is sometimes missing a button when I tap it. No tactile feedback means i need to precisely remember the exact spot to tap. Nothing I can't get used to. Other than that, it's perfect.

      I'd say platformers are some of the better-suited games for iPhone, if the controls are simple. Meaning, left/right and jump/fire or similar. Works well-enough, what can go wrong? Better than those accelerator driving games if you ask me.

  • asosself

    wrong, its not a 3d model, its a 2d model. but the fact you can't see the difference is that its a good 2d.

  • asosself

    wrong, its not a 3d model, its a 2d model. but the fact you can't see the difference is that its a good 2d.

  • pachi

    This game will really suck on iphone without a real Dpad and buttons. Very hard game...

  • pachi

    This game will really suck on iphone without a real Dpad and buttons. Very hard game...

  • http://luminesblog.wordpress.com Lumines

    lol, of course it is a 3D model.

    I would love to see a remake of the original Rayman but it seems they are porting something like Rayman 2 or even M.

    • ChrisF

      Oh my god I haven't played Rayman M (or whatever the other name for it is) on my Ps2 in ages! Good times! If they actually DO port it, it would be a worthwhile online multiplayer game...

  • http://luminesblog.wordpress.com Lumines

    lol, of course it is a 3D model.

    I would love to see a remake of the original Rayman but it seems they are porting something like Rayman 2 or even M.

    • ChrisF

      Oh my god I haven't played Rayman M (or whatever the other name for it is) on my Ps2 in ages! Good times! If they actually DO port it, it would be a worthwhile online multiplayer game...

  • Avadi

    I really hope it is the version from the PSX because that is one of my favorite games of all time. Cannot wait for this one!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I believe it is the original, which was basically the same on the Jag, PSX, and Saturn. I've still got the game and my orig PSX over there on the desk. Even the mem card with my save game that I last updated in 1997...

  • Avadi

    I really hope it is the version from the PSX because that is one of my favorite games of all time. Cannot wait for this one!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I believe it is the original, which was basically the same on the Jag, PSX, and Saturn. I've still got the game and my orig PSX over there on the desk. Even the mem card with my save game that I last updated in 1997...

  • Robert

    Platformers can work well on the iPhone. The interface in Giana sisters works amazingly

  • Robert

    Platformers can work well on the iPhone. The interface in Giana sisters works amazingly

  • Rob

    I think Rayman 1 is still owned by sony so its all up to them to port ? Really hope it is or even iPhone exclusive

    • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

      I don't think it's owned by sony. It was on a ton of other platforms (DS, Jaguar, PC, DOS)

      • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

        It's not owned by Sony, it's an Ubisoft game, which is why it's being published by Gameloft.

  • Rob

    I think Rayman 1 is still owned by sony so its all up to them to port ? Really hope it is or even iPhone exclusive

    • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

      I don't think it's owned by sony. It was on a ton of other platforms (DS, Jaguar, PC, DOS)

      • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

        It's not owned by Sony, it's an Ubisoft game, which is why it's being published by Gameloft.

  • http://www.gijigogo.com Alisa Shtromberg

    Love this game! Played it all through middle school and HS when it first came out. Bet my kid would love it now!

  • http://www.gijigogo.com Alisa Shtromberg

    Love this game! Played it all through middle school and HS when it first came out. Bet my kid would love it now!

  • Neo

    I want Rayman 2 =)

    Rayman 2 is one of the greatest game ever!

    • Cranker

      I agree that it was the best of the series.

  • Neo

    I want Rayman 2 =)

    Rayman 2 is one of the greatest game ever!

    • Cranker

      I agree that it was the best of the series.

  • Will

    It's Rayman GBA (whatever that was called) I have it, and it just looks like a hi-res version of it...

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I believe, more to the point, Rayman for GBA is a low-res version of the original.

      • Will

        No, there are some changes. I'm talking about Rayman Advance btw

  • Will

    It's Rayman GBA (whatever that was called) I have it, and it just looks like a hi-res version of it...

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I believe, more to the point, Rayman for GBA is a low-res version of the original.

      • Will

        No, there are some changes. I'm talking about Rayman Advance btw

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I've got rayman 1 for psx and rayman 2 for dreamcast, and I definitely prefer the latter. It's nice and dark, which I prefer on a TV, but it might be worse for the iPhone.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I've got rayman 1 for psx and rayman 2 for dreamcast, and I definitely prefer the latter. It's nice and dark, which I prefer on a TV, but it might be worse for the iPhone.

  • MrMister

    You are all smalltime Rayman 1 fans!

    I still have the original MS-DOS version of the game on CD! That's the best version because it is the highest resolution and has the highest quality version of the awesome soundtrack!

    GBA version, while a decent port, had horrible scaling of sprites, removed a level or two, and lowered the sound quality horribly. I'm very much hoping they closely mimic the original MS-DOS version as much as possible.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      The PSX, DOS, and Saturn versions do not improved on the graphics of the original Jaguar (dev leader) build. It's all the same. The soundtrack is redbook audio - so better on DOS, Saturn, PSX than Jag, granted.

  • MrMister

    You are all smalltime Rayman 1 fans!

    I still have the original MS-DOS version of the game on CD! That's the best version because it is the highest resolution and has the highest quality version of the awesome soundtrack!

    GBA version, while a decent port, had horrible scaling of sprites, removed a level or two, and lowered the sound quality horribly. I'm very much hoping they closely mimic the original MS-DOS version as much as possible.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      The PSX, DOS, and Saturn versions do not improved on the graphics of the original Jaguar (dev leader) build. It's all the same. The soundtrack is redbook audio - so better on DOS, Saturn, PSX than Jag, granted.

  • Stranger By The Minute

    I literally can't wait.
    One of my favorite games of all time!

  • Stranger By The Minute

    I literally can't wait.
    One of my favorite games of all time!

  • tommy

    I had the Atari Jaguar and PlayStation versions and got it now on Nintendo DSi. Pretty tired of it by now. No chance for a new game then.

  • tommy

    I had the Atari Jaguar and PlayStation versions and got it now on Nintendo DSi. Pretty tired of it by now. No chance for a new game then.

  • ltcommander.data

    http://toucharcade.com/2009/12/07/gamelofts-driver-parallel-parks-on-the-app-store/

    Well I have to say, I'm very happy that Rayman is the next franchise Gameloft is porting to iPhone since that was what I was hoping for when Driver was released. I guess we'll still have to reserve judgment until we see how the controls are.

    I guess Ubisoft/Gameloft relations on iPhone aren't completely cold, which is a good thing.

    • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

      What I'm hoping is they'll start porting sequels soon =)

  • ltcommander.data

    http://toucharcade.com/2009/12/07/gamelofts-driver-parallel-parks-on-the-app-store/

    Well I have to say, I'm very happy that Rayman is the next franchise Gameloft is porting to iPhone since that was what I was hoping for when Driver was released. I guess we'll still have to reserve judgment until we see how the controls are.

    I guess Ubisoft/Gameloft relations on iPhone aren't completely cold, which is a good thing.

    • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

      What I'm hoping is they'll start porting sequels soon =)

  • hell_gamer98

    I loved rayman, the artworks, the music, everything. Glad that they're bringing out an iphone version :D

  • hell_gamer98

    I loved rayman, the artworks, the music, everything. Glad that they're bringing out an iphone version :D

  • Shinkz

    I really hope it's the original. The others suck ass compared to the greatness that is 2D Rayman.

  • Shinkz

    I really hope it's the original. The others suck ass compared to the greatness that is 2D Rayman.

  • gjetnas

    hope for rayman 2... it would be wonderful

  • gjetnas

    hope for rayman 2... it would be wonderful

  • Rafi

    I probably hold the distinction of being the only person who read this article who actually owned, played, and still owns the original game for the Jaguar. It was a great game and I was always sorry to see that it didn't catch more fire than it did back then. Sure, it spawned some sequels, but Rayman never became the Jaguar mascot people had hoped for. Never beat the thing... guess that's still on the to-do list.

    • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      You're not the only one who owned and played it ... not sure I kept it though. I did re-(re-re-?) buy it for PSP/PS3 recently, however!

    • Mark

      I have Jaguar Rayman too. But it with my original Jaguar in 1996. Great game, though I never quite found the last three electoons.

  • Rafi

    I probably hold the distinction of being the only person who read this article who actually owned, played, and still owns the original game for the Jaguar. It was a great game and I was always sorry to see that it didn't catch more fire than it did back then. Sure, it spawned some sequels, but Rayman never became the Jaguar mascot people had hoped for. Never beat the thing... guess that's still on the to-do list.

    • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      You're not the only one who owned and played it ... not sure I kept it though. I did re-(re-re-?) buy it for PSP/PS3 recently, however!

    • Mark

      I have Jaguar Rayman too. But it with my original Jaguar in 1996. Great game, though I never quite found the last three electoons.

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    Yay, I love the Rayman games, so this is awesome.

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    Yay, I love the Rayman games, so this is awesome.

  • Dee

    The original Rayman is one of the best 2D platformers ever created. It's really intense too! I wonder how much the difficulty will be adjust and how well the controls will translate

  • Dee

    The original Rayman is one of the best 2D platformers ever created. It's really intense too! I wonder how much the difficulty will be adjust and how well the controls will translate

  • r10k

    It's Ubisoft... I wonder if we'll need to be permanently connected to the 'net to play it?

  • r10k

    It's Ubisoft... I wonder if we'll need to be permanently connected to the 'net to play it?

  • Thomas

    Ubisoft... iPod game... What was that I was going to remember? Oh yeah! Sounds cool but I'll wait until the weekend right after release and save $3 this time.

    "Once bitten..."

  • Thomas

    Ubisoft... iPod game... What was that I was going to remember? Oh yeah! Sounds cool but I'll wait until the weekend right after release and save $3 this time.

    "Once bitten..."

  • Matt

    I hear if you lose your data connection the game instantly quits without saving. I'll be passing on anything Ubisoft until they decide to not treat their customers like criminals.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      That's on the PC version of Assassin's Creed II.

  • Matt

    I hear if you lose your data connection the game instantly quits without saving. I'll be passing on anything Ubisoft until they decide to not treat their customers like criminals.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      That's on the PC version of Assassin's Creed II.

  • athom

    I LOVED Rayman 2 The Great Escape, I do think they will make that one instead of the 2D platformer. The music of the video and the look and feel are consistent with the Rayman 2 game. I just loved it, it would be awesome to have that on my iPhone. I just hope they do it right. Come to think of it, I was like 12 or something back then, I used to draw rayman in school with a friend, heh. Fun times, so definitely looking forward to this.

    • gjetnas

      I agree 100% ;)

    • br1an

      Rayman 2 (Dreamcast, of course) is still one of my fondest gaming memories. It had a ton of charm and magic, along with great control and level design.

      I would love to see it come to the iPhone.

  • athom

    I LOVED Rayman 2 The Great Escape, I do think they will make that one instead of the 2D platformer. The music of the video and the look and feel are consistent with the Rayman 2 game. I just loved it, it would be awesome to have that on my iPhone. I just hope they do it right. Come to think of it, I was like 12 or something back then, I used to draw rayman in school with a friend, heh. Fun times, so definitely looking forward to this.

    • gjetnas

      I agree 100% ;)

    • br1an

      Rayman 2 (Dreamcast, of course) is still one of my fondest gaming memories. It had a ton of charm and magic, along with great control and level design.

      I would love to see it come to the iPhone.

  • br1an

    I'll say it over and over...

    When it comes to gaming, this is going to be iPhone's breakthrough year.

  • br1an

    I'll say it over and over...

    When it comes to gaming, this is going to be iPhone's breakthrough year.