Rayman 2: The Great Escape is the second game in the Rayman series, and is the sequel to Rayman. It was first released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64 and was followed by ports for the Sega Dreamcast, PC, Sony Playstation, Playstation 2, Game Boy Color and Nintendo DS. It was also the first of the series to jump from 2D to 3D.
The gameplay in Rayman 2 is somewhat similar to that of Rayman, though this time Rayman starts with a few powers to defend himself, one of which is given to him by Globox who is introduced at the very beginning.
Unlike Rayman 1, Rayman 2 is not divided into certain themed worlds, but rather a trail of 20 different locations, none of which are imaginary, but are still considered to be in some sort of fantasy world. Apart from the Playstation 2 version, Rayman Revolution, these worlds are linear, though the player can backtrack like in the original.