|Developed by||Digital Eclipse|
|Release date||11th June, 2001 (Game Boy Advance)|
22nd June, 2001 (Game Boy Advance) (Europe)
|Gameplay mode||Single player|
|Platforms||Game Boy Advance, Wii U (Virtual Console)|
Rayman Advance is a port of the original Rayman game for the Game Boy Advance which resembles the PC version most closely. It was released in 2001 after nearly a year in development as a launch title for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance handheld games console. Oddly, both the European and North American covers use different renders of Rayman from Rayman 2. In 2017, it was released on the Wii U's Virtual Console alongside the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3.
Due to the hardware limitations it has a bunch of differences from other versions. The first part of Bongo Hills has been removed, putting the cage that was meant to appear there at the last part instead. The music has been remade to fit on the cartridge, resulting in much of the original quality being lost. Some music tracks have even been completely removed, while a few new ones have been added. The graphics have increased in contrast and brightness resulting in some quality being lost. This was most likely made to compensate for the lack of backlight on the original Game Boy Advance. The intro and ending of the game now consists of a slideshow, similarly to the Atari Jaguar version, instead of the pre-rendered movie seen in most versions.
Other changes in this port were made to intentionally make the game easier. One extra unit of health has been added to the players health bar, no Tings are lost upon dying, more lives can be found, more time is available on the bonus levels, fewer enemies appear and additional platforms have been added in some levels, most notably Space Mama's Crater. Some bosses have minor differences as well, such as Bzzit and Moskito being able to take hits before they have flown away after they have been damaged, resulting in the player being able to constantly hit them with the right timing until they are defeated. This is also one of the few versions in which Mr Dark's Dare is replayable upon completing.
While there are not that many bugs throughout this port, there are a few noticeable ones. Some items, most notably the clouds, sometimes appear incorrectly. Some show the textures of a vanishing cloud, while they are stable. Some pencil sharpeners, most notably in Pencil Pentathlon, will move in the wrong direction or are placed incorrectly causing some items, such as lives, to be unobtainable, and others much harder to obtain.
The game would have originally featured a multiplayer mode in the style of "capture the flag". It was marketed and mentioned to be included in the preview versions of the game, but was never included in any known releases of the game.
By changing the level value in the game, players have been able to access debug maps which are thought to have been used by the developers to test the games functions. The debug maps usually consist of randomly placed obstacles and enemies and only a few have an exit sign.
Level value: 0202fb7c:XX (XX representing the level)
Bzzit in Rayman Advance.
- Rayman Advance Q&A https://www.gamespot.com/articles/qanda-rayman-advance/1100-2718137/
- Debug maps video 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXLH4QpY-5g
- Debug maps video 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QK1mTfCbuw