Earlier this month we told you that Ubisoft was planning on bringing Rayman to iOS in a new adventure on September 20th, but it looks like somebody got antsy and pulled the lever that released Rayman Jungle Run [$2.99] earlier today. It uses the same engine as the critically acclaimed Rayman Origins which launched earlier this year, so it's got some gorgeous visuals tucked under its belt but the gameplay is quite a bit different from that more traditional platform experience.

Rayman Jungle Run is a level-based auto-runner that has you guiding the titular character through various types of terrain, collecting the a string of glowing bugs called Lums which are spread throughout. Strangely, the game is actually broken up into 4 parts from the start, with each section focusing on just one of Rayman's various abilities. The first world starts with just needing to make Rayman jump when needed to get to the end of a level, but later worlds are unlocked which has him floating with his head propeller, wall running, or punching enemies.

The splitting up of abilities is likely to keep the gameplay simple and focused on just one-button control, which is probably a smart design choice for the pick-up-and-play type of mobile experience Ubisoft is shooting for with Rayman Jungle Run. I've only made my way through the first world so far, but I'm really having fun with it and am already hooked on trying to complete every level 100% and unlock the next world.

I'm not going to lie and say I wouldn't love a full port of Rayman Origins on iOS, because I desperately would, but Rayman Jungle Run so far looks to offer a great mobile experience in its own right, with the kind of high production values you would expect from a full console release. We'll have more on Rayman Jungle Run soon, but in my short time with the game I think it's already going to be a pretty big hit with gamers. If you are a Rayman fan that likes to live on the edge you can just grab the game from the link below, or check in with the forum crowd to get some more early impressions.

  • fdmstryct

    Sweet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000128746044 Dylan Praesto

    Nice! I am downloading right now! this will be awesome :D haha

  • ImJPaul

    It's so awesome. Looks sooooooo good on my iPad 3. Plays even better. Already 100% of the way through jump and propeller sections. Playing through the dead levels now. They are MUCH more challenging.

  • Scape3d

    ** SIGH ** If only this was a port of Rayman Origins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000144975002 Rafael Palma

    Guys, i doubt an Origins port would work with touch controls.
    Origins is a game that requires precision (See: Land of the raving dead), and i doubt iOS device could have such precision

    • riChchestMat

      For iPhone I agree but a port could work on iPad. If Bastion can do it then so can Rayman. Personally I don't think releasing a branded auto runner is trying hard enough anymore.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ipadgamermag Pete Morris

      Yea, it's better to create a touch friendly game rather than try to port one that's not going to work. I'd much rather have an awesome iOS game, than a mediocre port!

  • regkilla

    Awesome game

  • swarmster

    Origins was an epic return to form, one of the best games of last year. Already have Legends pre-ordered. So you can bet this is an insta-buy.

    And iCloud?! My heart, be still.

    • Matthew Rossman

      Speaking of iCloud, has anyone been able to get it to work? Because so far, I sure haven't...

  • subshell001

    Soooo smooth.

  • Deamon34

    What a fantastic spin off to an already fantastic Rayman Origins game.

    • InfectiousRed

      Yep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    I see Gamecenter leaderboards from the games description, anyone confirm achievements?

    • dylanmannen

      There is achivements :D

  • Skyfluks

    Does anyone know where i can find the levels that are showed in the leaderboards? I finished all levels..

  • sortvind

    this game looks amazing on ipad 3.
    one og those games that change the way we view ios gaming.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ipadgamermag Pete Morris

      I really need a new iPad for work. I've been resisting, but you're tempting me with that comment. Hmmm I might just hold off playing this until I've got myself an iPad 3...

  • http://www.twitter.com/ipadgamermag Pete Morris

    I'm super-excited about this, and I never thought I'd say that about a Rayman game again!

    • michaelfields

      Play Rayman Origins. This is like the demo of that game.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ipadgamermag Pete Morris

        I'll check it out. Must say I hadn't paid any attention to Rayman for years, but it seems they're getting the franchise back on track

      • michaelfields

        Definitely. It's just like a great old school platformer/Rayman game but with awesome visuals. And especially since you can get it for like 20 bucks, I think everyone should pick it up. Plus 4 player co-op!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaverJ David Whittle

    Excellent game! Nice visuals, simple controls, great level design, and addictive as hell. What more could you want?