Rayman Legends is a 2D platform game, and the fifth major game in the Rayman series. It is a direct sequel to Rayman Origins, and features very similar gameplay as such. It was initially planned to be a release title for the Nintendo Wii U, but on October 8th 2012, Ubisoft stated that Rayman Legends had been delayed to the first quarter of 2013. By the end of 2012, Ubisoft had confirmed that the new release dates for the game would be the 26th February 2013 for North America and the 1st March 2013 for Europe, exclusively for the Wii U. However, on the 7th February 2013, Ubisoft revealed that the game was no longer a Wii U exclusive, and that there was a Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 version under development, consequently causing a delay for the second time and pushing the release date to September of 2013. On the 25th April 2013, Ubisoft decided to release the game at the end of August 2013 for Europe and the beginning of September in North America in order to avoid competition from other upcoming high-profile games titles from other companies. A PlayStation Vita version was confirmed by Ubisoft to be released at the same time as the other three versions, but with five exclusive levels, and two exclusive skins, on 28th May 2013. A Microsoft Windows release was also confirmed on the 25th July.
The game was also released on the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One in February 2014. The versions come with new features like no loading times and added costumes.
In 2017, an enhanced port, titled Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, was announced to release on the Nintendo Switch on September 12th 2017. This version includes an expanded Kung Foot mode and the Murfy's Touch painting.
A smartphone game based on the game's art style, Rayman Fiesta Run, was developed by Ubisoft Casablanca and released for iOS and Android devices on 7th November 2013. It is the sequel to the previous title, Rayman Jungle Run, which was based off Rayman Origins. In 2015, another mobile spin-off was released, titled Rayman Adventures, which unlike the previous titles allowed the player to change direction while moving.
The game opens with a cut scene explaining the events that have transpired since Rayman Origins, Bubble Dreamer explains to Murfy that Rayman and his friends have been asleep for 100 years. During that time, the nightmares have multiplied and spread, including the Magician, who has turned into 5 Dark Teensies. As such the Glade of Dreams is in great danger, and the Teensies and their royalty, who inhabit it, are captured. To this end, he commands Murfy to awaken the heroes, and begin an adventure anew.
In Rayman Legends, all of the worlds, except for the final unlockable bonus world, feature themes inspired by real-world myths and tropes, from the medieval castles of Teensies In Trouble to the classical Greek architecture of Olympus Maximus.
Teensies In Trouble
The nightmares are invading the area and are capturing Teensies as they do so, it is here that the heroes have slept for many years, and are finally awoken by Murfy. After explaining the situation, Murfy and the heroes go forth to save the Teensies. The area contains various castle structures and deep forestry to progress through. The heroes also encounter the first Dark Teensy, and chase him through a desert landscape. The heroes enter a castle-like area, where they encounter many strange beasts. Later on, the heroes will encounter the Dark Teensy once again, where he will summon dragons to keep the heroes at bay, the last of which, the Medieval Dragon, serving as the boss of this world, once bested, the heroes can then defeat the Dark Teensy, and send him flying to the moon. The world ends with the musical level of Castle Rock, a parody of the song Black Betty by Ram Jam.
This world contains many tall beanstalk areas to traverse through, as well as floating castle ruins caught within strong wind currents. Another Dark Teensy resides in this world, and has fitted the boss of this world with mechanical armaments to fight the heroes, as an Armored Toad. Once the Armored Toad is beaten, it suffers the fate of crashing into a castle. The Dark Teensy of this world is sent to the moon to resign to a similar fate as the first.