Rayman 3 intro
Rayman 3 intro trailer
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
Rayman 3 European Boxart


GameCube, Game Boy Advance, N-Gage, Playstation 2, Playstation Network, Xbox, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows OS X




Single-Player, Multiplayer(GameCube)

First Released:


Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc is the third major game in the Rayman series, and the sequel to Rayman 2. Rayman 3 was released in 2003. Like its immediate predecessor, it is a 3D platformer. However, Rayman 3's levels are more straightfoward and oriented towards action and combat rather than platforming and exploration. The main campaign of Rayman 3 is temporally linear – unlike the previous games, where Rayman could physically return to completed locations, each Rayman 3 level is visited only once within the storyline. The overall reception of the game was poorer than that of Rayman 2.

It is notable for being the first Rayman game not directed by series creator Michel Ancel, who was occupied with the development of Beyond Good & Evil at the time. Ancel played a small role in the development of Rayman 3, assisting the team in various areas (such as Rayman's new look) and meeting with them to brainstorm ideas for characters and environments.

Rayman 3 features a points-based scoring system; another first for the series. Players could post their final scores on the then-new RaymanZone website. However, this function was disabled when RaymanZone was retooled to suit the Raving Rabbids games. In February 2009, members of the Rayman Pirate-Community contacted Ubisoft and successfully arranged for the creation of a new Hall of Fame.[1] In July 2011, the PC version of the game joined Rayman Forever and Rayman 2 on the digital distribution network Good Old Games. In March 2012, a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version titled Rayman 3 HD was released, with improved textures, framerate, lighting and audio quality.


Similar to the gap between the original Rayman and Rayman 2, most locations in Rayman 3 were new and not directly connected to those of the previous games. However, they are still the same environments as Rayman's games tend to stick with: the mountains, forests, and swamps from the original Rayman, and the plains, coasts, and fortresses from Rayman 2. One area in particular, the Fairy Council, was alluded to in Rayman 2, and one of Count Razoff's ancestors (most likely his father) supposedly shot Space Mama; these allusions make Rayman 3's locations generally regarded as still being in the same canon as the original Rayman and especially Rayman 2.

Rayman 3's worlds in particular included many elements which Rayman 2 and Rayman Revolution lacked: unique environments. While the Iron Mountains and the Menhir Hills pretty much looked the same, Rayman 3 's worlds were vast and varied. Many elements from Revolution were included in Rayman 3 's worlds – the most evident of these are the ambient sounds (for example, the Desert of the Knaaren has the same ambience as beneath the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava) and the unique lighting. Rayman 3 also had many instances of stained glass windows, also a previous characteristic of the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava.

Rayman 3 returned to the fairy tale-like theme of the original Rayman's locations, though not as surreal. Many odd locales dot Rayman 3 's small collection of worlds, such as in the Fairy Council and the Longest Shortcut.

Finally, Rayman 3 included many allusions to its two predecessors. References to the original Rayman game include the picture on the Manual read by Murfy in the Fairy Council, the pictures of Livingstones on plum-posts, the 2D Madness and 2D Nightmare flashback minigames, and the revelation of a connection between Count Razoff's ancestors and ‘the Space Mama of Picture City’. References to Rayman 2 include the appearance of the previously-mentioned Heart of the World, the reappearance of nettles in the Bog of Murk, the reappearance of Zombie Chickens in the Desert of the Knaaren, statues of Ssssam the Watersnake in Razoff's mansion, a statue of Ly the Fairy in a hidden room in the Longest Shortcut, and statues of Admiral Razorbeard and his Robo-Pirate servants in a secret room in the Hoodlum Headquarters.

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