First Driver, now Rayman 2: The Great Escape. Gameloft seems to be on a roll with porting old PC / console games to the iPhone platform.

Rayman 2 is a 3D platformer released in late 1999 that takes place in a world known as the "Glade of Dreams" that happens to be infested by robot pirates who, lamentably, invaded and destroyed the "Heart of the World". Now it's up to Rayman to seek out the four magic masks needed to awaken Polokus, the spirit of the world, and set things right.

The game will be available on the App Store on March 1st, and Gameloft released the following trailer which shows quite a bit of gameplay:

When Rayman 2 was first released, it saw a positive reception both from gamers and the gaming media, but the recent Nintendo DS port tarnished much of the magic due to an extremely problematic camera system that made traversing the various 3D obstacles much harder than it should have been. While the original 2D Rayman may have been a better fit for the iPhone, as fans of the Rayman series, we're excited to see this game on the iPhone and hope Gameloft continues porting these classic games of the 90's.

  • Noman

    A 3D Platformer! I'm excited!

  • Noman

    A 3D Platformer! I'm excited!

  • LBG

    Looks great. It looks like they have improved the graphics slightly.

  • LBG

    Looks great. It looks like they have improved the graphics slightly.

  • PitchBlak

    *Mind explodes*

    Well, actually, it would've if it was the original 2D Rayman. But I'm still happy to see him on the iPhone.

    • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

      Don't forget without the Rabbids

  • PitchBlak

    *Mind explodes*

    Well, actually, it would've if it was the original 2D Rayman. But I'm still happy to see him on the iPhone.

    • http://ghrockertaps09.webs.com GHRocker08

      Don't forget without the Rabbids

  • arns best friend

    well I've never really had interest in picking up a rayman game, but I must admit, if anyone could bring a game to the iphone that looks and plays like super mario 64, gameloft could

  • arns best friend

    well I've never really had interest in picking up a rayman game, but I must admit, if anyone could bring a game to the iphone that looks and plays like super mario 64, gameloft could

  • Shinkz

    Boooooooo!! I am not amused.

    I was hoping for the better, awesome Rayman, not this. Bah! Bah I say!

  • Shinkz

    Boooooooo!! I am not amused.

    I was hoping for the better, awesome Rayman, not this. Bah! Bah I say!

  • Crazyfruitgal

    Oh well I won't be buying this, was soo excited thinking that the 2d rayman was being released, I would have been first online to buy, 3d is not always better, I think I will give this one a miss :(

  • Crazyfruitgal

    Oh well I won't be buying this, was soo excited thinking that the 2d rayman was being released, I would have been first online to buy, 3d is not always better, I think I will give this one a miss :(

  • WolfgangK

    I played this and LOVED it on the N64. I'm stunned-and thrilled-that this is the Rayman being released on the iPhone. Was not expecting this.

    Awesome.

  • WolfgangK

    I played this and LOVED it on the N64. I'm stunned-and thrilled-that this is the Rayman being released on the iPhone. Was not expecting this.

    Awesome.

  • SalsaMD

    hope there will be a dedicated ipad version as well. : )

  • SalsaMD

    hope there will be a dedicated ipad version as well. : )

  • Thaurin

    Sorry to complain, but why can't I plat video's on TouchArcade my iPhone anymore? It says YouTube, so it doesnt make sense.

    • SalsaMD

      those encoded by TA may sometimes take a up to a day to process so that you can view it on the iphone. This was not encoded by TA, so I have no idea what the background codec is.

      • Eli Hodapp

        Yeah, this is kind of out of our control. As it stands, YouTube is pretty much the most iPhone-friendly general purpose video host out there... We're just kind of at the mercy of them actually offering the iPhone-compatible video which can sometimes take hours or days.

    • Dee

      I think we've become so reliant on the iphone to the point where we take free services like Youtube for granted. Remember that Youtube is a free service and it's even better on the iphone sometimes because you get to bypass preroll and popup ads some videos contain.

  • Thaurin

    Sorry to complain, but why can't I plat video's on TouchArcade my iPhone anymore? It says YouTube, so it doesnt make sense.

    • SalsaMD

      those encoded by TA may sometimes take a up to a day to process so that you can view it on the iphone. This was not encoded by TA, so I have no idea what the background codec is.

      • Eli Hodapp

        Yeah, this is kind of out of our control. As it stands, YouTube is pretty much the most iPhone-friendly general purpose video host out there... We're just kind of at the mercy of them actually offering the iPhone-compatible video which can sometimes take hours or days.

    • Dee

      I think we've become so reliant on the iphone to the point where we take free services like Youtube for granted. Remember that Youtube is a free service and it's even better on the iphone sometimes because you get to bypass preroll and popup ads some videos contain.

  • EatKodosDaily

    YES!

    All I was thinking when I saw that they're porting Rayman was "Geez, why that one? Why not the best in the series?"

    Obviously I mean Rayman 2: The Great Escape

    I can't wait for this, it's going to be an instant buy for me.

  • EatKodosDaily

    YES!

    All I was thinking when I saw that they're porting Rayman was "Geez, why that one? Why not the best in the series?"

    Obviously I mean Rayman 2: The Great Escape

    I can't wait for this, it's going to be an instant buy for me.

  • Stranger By The Minute

    I was expecting it to be the 2d Rayman... :(

    But still, it's a 1st day purchase for me. One of my favorite games ever.

  • Stranger By The Minute

    I was expecting it to be the 2d Rayman... :(

    But still, it's a 1st day purchase for me. One of my favorite games ever.

  • MrMuesli

    "Helicopter hair"! lol, now that's inspired stuff: )

  • MrMuesli

    "Helicopter hair"! lol, now that's inspired stuff: )

  • eerational

    I haven't played Rayman 2, so honestly I'd rather have Rayman 1 - I have very fond memories of playing it on my PSX when I was much younger, and it would be a real blast from the past if I could play it on my iPhone!

  • eerational

    I haven't played Rayman 2, so honestly I'd rather have Rayman 1 - I have very fond memories of playing it on my PSX when I was much younger, and it would be a real blast from the past if I could play it on my iPhone!

  • Rolf Reimer

    YES!
    i remember it all!!
    this is a classic, and with god ol' Rayman on my PS3, I really feel nostalgic! :)

  • Rolf Reimer

    YES!
    i remember it all!!
    this is a classic, and with god ol' Rayman on my PS3, I really feel nostalgic! :)

  • Dee

    Just like how Rayman was one of the best 2D platformers ever made, I think Rayman 2 is one of the best 3d platformers ever made :)

    • LBG

      Exactly. Rayman 2 is equally as good, but it's in 3D.
      I'm sick of seeing people complaining. They should be grateful that Gameloft has even decided to port a Rayman game in the first place.

  • Dee

    Just like how Rayman was one of the best 2D platformers ever made, I think Rayman 2 is one of the best 3d platformers ever made :)

    • LBG

      Exactly. Rayman 2 is equally as good, but it's in 3D.
      I'm sick of seeing people complaining. They should be grateful that Gameloft has even decided to port a Rayman game in the first place.

  • Brinkman

    loved this on the dreamcast!

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

      Indeed, I play this for weeks on my Dreamcast. (I actually prefer that version to the PS2 version.) This is a nice one.

  • Brinkman

    loved this on the dreamcast!

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

      Indeed, I play this for weeks on my Dreamcast. (I actually prefer that version to the PS2 version.) This is a nice one.

  • shems

    awesome, thats a relief ! now, anyone remember tonic trouble ? wasn't that one great ? it seems the earliest games are being recycled... thats good !

  • shems

    awesome, thats a relief ! now, anyone remember tonic trouble ? wasn't that one great ? it seems the earliest games are being recycled... thats good !

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I have rayman 2 for the dreamcast, and needless to say - I'm pretty stoked.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I have rayman 2 for the dreamcast, and needless to say - I'm pretty stoked.

  • br1an

    This is, indeed, very good news!!!!

    2D Rayman next, please!!

  • br1an

    This is, indeed, very good news!!!!

    2D Rayman next, please!!

  • Crazyfruitgal

    I'm sick of people complaining about the people who's complaining :) lol

  • Crazyfruitgal

    I'm sick of people complaining about the people who's complaining :) lol

  • Mega Man

    I wasnt a big fan of 3d rayman on iphone or ipod touch. but this looks damn good.

  • Mega Man

    I wasnt a big fan of 3d rayman on iphone or ipod touch. but this looks damn good.

  • http://jens.mooseyard.com Jens Alfke

    Oh, wow. Rayman 2 is one of my favorite video games of all time — the art style, music and level design are all absolutely inspired.

    I'm skeptical of trying to play it on a tiny screen without a dedicated controller, though. Some of the platforming and flying in the later levels is really, really hard even with an analog N64 or PS2 controller; I just don't think the usual "virtual D-pad" would cut it.

  • http://jens.mooseyard.com Jens Alfke

    Oh, wow. Rayman 2 is one of my favorite video games of all time — the art style, music and level design are all absolutely inspired.

    I'm skeptical of trying to play it on a tiny screen without a dedicated controller, though. Some of the platforming and flying in the later levels is really, really hard even with an analog N64 or PS2 controller; I just don't think the usual "virtual D-pad" would cut it.

  • x999x

    This looks great, makes me foam at the mouth for Conker's Quest or Banjo & Kazooie now! I hope MS see potential here since they own Rare!

  • x999x

    This looks great, makes me foam at the mouth for Conker's Quest or Banjo & Kazooie now! I hope MS see potential here since they own Rare!

  • http://dleafy.deviantart.com/ David

    Woa!
    Awesome!
    I had good times playing this on my PS one some years ago...
    I was waiting for this, not for that 2D plataformer.

  • http://dleafy.deviantart.com/ David

    Woa!
    Awesome!
    I had good times playing this on my PS one some years ago...
    I was waiting for this, not for that 2D plataformer.

  • Boardumb

    I'd love to see the 2D Rayman games as well, but this is an excellent choice still. This is probably the only game that even approached Mario 64 in terms of 3D platformers during this time. I played this game to death on my N64, and then relived an even better version on my Dreamcast. I still have the Dreamcast version, and if I wasn't so lazy I'd pop it in right now just to get geared up for this release. Really excited for this!

  • Boardumb

    I'd love to see the 2D Rayman games as well, but this is an excellent choice still. This is probably the only game that even approached Mario 64 in terms of 3D platformers during this time. I played this game to death on my N64, and then relived an even better version on my Dreamcast. I still have the Dreamcast version, and if I wasn't so lazy I'd pop it in right now just to get geared up for this release. Really excited for this!

  • ChrisF

    Wow, can't wait! I don't care that they chose the 3D version, it's going to be nice anyway.

    The only reason why I wouldn't like it being 3D, is because it'd drain the battery. But you know... oh well.

  • ChrisF

    Wow, can't wait! I don't care that they chose the 3D version, it's going to be nice anyway.

    The only reason why I wouldn't like it being 3D, is because it'd drain the battery. But you know... oh well.

  • Olympus God

    Am I the only one that played this game on PC?

  • Olympus God

    Am I the only one that played this game on PC?

  • krisko6

    No, no you aren't, Olympus God.I also played on PC, although I could not finish the last level.

    I don't think this will quite work out on the iPhone, however. Using virtual pads for 3d games will be much harder than for 2d ones.

  • krisko6

    No, no you aren't, Olympus God.I also played on PC, although I could not finish the last level.

    I don't think this will quite work out on the iPhone, however. Using virtual pads for 3d games will be much harder than for 2d ones.

  • ltcommander.data

    In truth, I haven't played the original Rayman so I don't understand the negative comments regarding Gameloft's announcement. I have played Rayman 2 before and Rayman 2 was what I suggested Gameloft should port next after Driver was released so I'm definitely going to remain supportive since they've followed through.

    With Rayman 2 coming March 1st, I'm thinking the next big name title from Gameloft coming out in April will be Splinter Cell to coincide with the launch of Conviction on PC and XBox 360.

  • ltcommander.data

    In truth, I haven't played the original Rayman so I don't understand the negative comments regarding Gameloft's announcement. I have played Rayman 2 before and Rayman 2 was what I suggested Gameloft should port next after Driver was released so I'm definitely going to remain supportive since they've followed through.

    With Rayman 2 coming March 1st, I'm thinking the next big name title from Gameloft coming out in April will be Splinter Cell to coincide with the launch of Conviction on PC and XBox 360.

  • MisterDrgn

    I gotta agree with a lot of people, this is one of my all-time favorite 3D platformers. Great, varied gameplay. But I'm a little worried about the comment that the DS version wasn't very good. How confident can we be that they'll put more time into perfecting the cheaper iDevice version?

  • MisterDrgn

    I gotta agree with a lot of people, this is one of my all-time favorite 3D platformers. Great, varied gameplay. But I'm a little worried about the comment that the DS version wasn't very good. How confident can we be that they'll put more time into perfecting the cheaper iDevice version?

  • Stephan

    Pretty cool stuff.. and the camera seems to move automatically, which is perfect!
    I've always hated to manually control the camera, that's just bad user experience..

  • Stephan

    Pretty cool stuff.. and the camera seems to move automatically, which is perfect!
    I've always hated to manually control the camera, that's just bad user experience..

  • ahmed409

    this is great!
    when i heard that they announced rayman, i was expecting the 3d one, its great that they pulled through, i cant wait for this! i hope they get the controls right, unlike a few gameloft games...
    anyway, this is an instant buy for me! :D

  • ahmed409

    this is great!
    when i heard that they announced rayman, i was expecting the 3d one, its great that they pulled through, i cant wait for this! i hope they get the controls right, unlike a few gameloft games...
    anyway, this is an instant buy for me! :D

  • Xed

    Wow,now Thats a suprise!
    gonna get it ASAP!

  • Xed

    Wow,now Thats a suprise!
    gonna get it ASAP!

  • rev

    NOSTALGIA

  • rev

    NOSTALGIA

  • Neo

    I hope its the dreamcast version and not the ps1 version.

    I wonder if its voice in this version ?

  • Neo

    I hope its the dreamcast version and not the ps1 version.

    I wonder if its voice in this version ?

  • Zoid

    Looks good, but it will be only jump'n'strike.

  • Zoid

    Looks good, but it will be only jump'n'strike.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I got this game for Christmas on my N64 when I was 12!! I can't wait to play this again!

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I got this game for Christmas on my N64 when I was 12!! I can't wait to play this again!

  • Corey

    Hooray!! I played this on PS2 years ago and loved it. And for the complainers out there, this game is significantly better than the 2D original.

  • Corey

    Hooray!! I played this on PS2 years ago and loved it. And for the complainers out there, this game is significantly better than the 2D original.

  • MaroonFree

    I actually really like this title on the DS. It was one of the first titles I got after the initial Mario 64, Spiderman 2, Ridgeracer line up....

  • MaroonFree

    I actually really like this title on the DS. It was one of the first titles I got after the initial Mario 64, Spiderman 2, Ridgeracer line up....

  • Christian Bale

    Nice, never had interest in rayman games before but this is the first decent 3g platformer.

  • Christian Bale

    Nice, never had interest in rayman games before but this is the first decent 3g platformer.