The Dream Forest
- This article is about the first world in the original Rayman game. For other forest-themed worlds with similar names, see Dream Forest (disambiguation).
The Dream Forest (French: La Forêt des Songes – The Forest of Dreams) is the first world in the original Rayman game. It consists of a luxuriant forest which darkens as Rayman goes through it. The swamps encircle this universe of greenery and its wild flora. There are dancing flowers and mushrooms around which twirl blue butterflies, as well as bizarre trees, some of them being at the boundary between plants and fungi. Lianas Rayman can climb abound, as well as flower and mushroom beds, and plums, recurring fruits in the Rayman series, allow him to pass through the marshes, or to take out Livingstones. There are also spiky fruits of all sizes, strange rocking flowers, and curious nenuphars onto which Rayman can jump. Thanks to Tarayzan's magic seed, it is possible to grow similar plants. Note that in the Rayman Junior games, a similar but deadly version of such plants exists, such as thorn lianas.
The enemies in the Dream Forest include Antitoons, little and tall Livingstones, hunters, piranhas, and flower tentacles. The bosses are Bzzit and Moskito, two giant mosquitoes. Rayman will make friends with the first one, who'll help him to pass through Anguish Lagoon.
During his trek in the Dream Forest, Rayman will receive his first three powers from Betilla the Fairy. First of all, he'll learn to use his telescopic fist in Pink Plant Woods. Next, he will receive the power to hang onto ledges in Anguish Lagoon. Finally, he will receive the grappling fist at the end of Moskito's Nest.
2D Madness is the first of twelve minigames which can be unlocked and played in Rayman 3. This minigame serves as a flashback and tribute to the original Rayman game. In it, Rayman is in the Dream Forest once more, and the player must manoeuvre him past various obstacles from the original game, such as mosquitoes, clouds and spiky fruits. At the end of the minigame, Rayman comes to a room filled with memorabilia relating to the original game.
The Forest world in the Game Boy Advance adaptation of Rayman Raving Rabbids is based heavily upon the Dream Forest. Many elements of the Dream Forest, such as Livingstones, piranhas, plums, hunters, nenuphars, and a large number of background plants return in it.