DailyBubble #14 – Thunder

Posted on Monday Oct 17, 2011


10 ways to… bubblize your ennemies

Posted on Thursday Oct 13, 2011

The fight system is very different from the first Rayman game, where possibilities of eliminating an enemy were much more limited. Can you talk about that?

In the first Rayman, the fight system was revolving around a simple attack : the charge attack.
It created a simple and interesting tradeoff for the player: The more you waited, the farther you would attack. It worked great. But it was static.

In this one, we’ve decided to have a more fast-paced game.
We naturally sought for attacks that kept your momentum, so that you could keep chaining acrobatic moves, never stopping.

Jump, slap, land, spin, run on the wall and kick some ass! It’s exhilarating.

So for every platforming move we had to invent way to defeat enemies without stopping the flow of the game. That’s where all this richness comes from.

How did you come up with so many moves and combos?

Our goal was to have players with very different skill sets be able to enjoy the flow of a platformer.
So we came up with different moves for different skills.
Begin with little punch, learn to kick in the air, and when you’re good enough just sprint your way spinning and taking out the bad guys.

Additionally, we accidentally (not really) discovered that slapping your friends was even more fun. So the set of attack moves just grew dramatically with all those new and creative ways to annoy your friends.

Can you tell us what is your favorite move and why?

The kick in the air is my favorite, it never feels old.
This move is central to the design of the game. It’s the key move in the learning process, one that transforms a regular platform player into an actual ninja.

Do the different playable characters have different attacks?

Yes there are subtle differences between each playable character, because we wanted each to feel unique. Since they have the same set of moves, it’s easy to switch from one to another when you feel like it.

Do the different enemies have particularities in the way they attack and in the way to eliminate them, as in the first Rayman game?

With this vast attack set, we allow the player to be quite creative.
As the game progresses, enemies become more and more challenging against specific attacks. Everything is still possible, but at your own risk.

Also, keep an eye out for some of the domino-like situations we have set up throughout the game. Players can really maximize the result of their attacks, strategically taking out several enemies in one shot!

There is no health bar in the GUI, how does the health system work in the game?

A health bar didn’t feel right in a game where you might lose all those hard earned “health points” by falling into a pit. So it was natural to limit those, and a great opportunity to get rid of the GUI. Instead we took the bubblizing approach. If you take a hit or fall into a pit you turn into a bubble. You can be revived by one of your co-op partners with a simple punch or jump. We also have placed hearts throughout the game which allow you to take a hit without turning into a bubble. Those will come in handy during some of the really challenging maps.

Sometimes, we can see lums coming out of enemies, either when we hit them or when we jump on their bubble. How does that work exactly?

In a nutshell, Lums are your score. We thought it made sense to reward the player with a lum for a well-executed slap in the face.

However, that was not enough, especially in co-op mode. If your friend is running ahead, you are left with fewer opportunities to kick ass. So Michel came up with the idea to bubblize enemies. It was great, because all of a sudden lagging players could finish those bad guys, and earn one of those happy lums too.

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DailyBubble #12 – Birds

Posted on Friday Oct 7, 2011


DailyBubble #11 – Hunters

Posted on Monday Oct 3, 2011

Open Season for Wild Gamers – The hunt is on. Bombastic Hunters and their hygienically challenged Lividstone lackeys have been peppering the Glade with so much live ammo we can’t stop sneezing. Jokes aside, these terrifyingly ridiculous nasties have got it out for Nymphs, Electoons and Wild Gamers… Call to heroes: the hunters must be hunted!


DailyBubble #10 – El Mosquito

Posted on Wednesday Sep 28, 2011

HI-HO MOSKITO, AWAY! A moskito’s nose knows… don’t think! Just go-go-go! Saddle-up and enjoy the ride… Don’t you find racy pink divine? Oh, and don’t forget to FIIIIRE!


Around the world

Posted on Tuesday Sep 27, 2011


DailyBubble #9 – Secrets

Posted on Friday Sep 23, 2011

Confidential – The Glade of dreams is filled with hidden paths, places tough to reach, and secret passages. Seeing everything the first time around is impossible! Keep your eyes wide open for the trapped electoons… because if you don’t save them, no chest! And no chest, no cigar!


DailyBubble #8 – Invasion

Posted on Tuesday Sep 20, 2011

Explorers beware! After a particularly hot summer in the Glade, swarms of nasty little gnats have taken refuge in the refreshing shade of the singing grottos of our ancestors. Don’t be deceived by their small size: their bite IS worse than their bark.


DailyBubble #7 – Miami Ice

Posted on Friday Sep 16, 2011

Who says the tropics have to be sticky, hot and humid…? Welcome to Miami Ice! Slide on slippery sorbet slopes and dive into fresh frozen fruit cocktails to discover gorgeous glacial grottos… It’s paradise without the vice! (Or should I say, it will be once you’re done bubblizing all the belligerents…) Who needs skates or sleds when you’ve got a belly and a bum for sliding?!

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DailyBubble #6 – Ritual sacrifice

Posted on Tuesday Sep 13, 2011

What is green, small, round and easy to squash? Since the mystical munkeys announced the end of the world, the number of nightmarish catastrophe’s just keeps growing… And if the End has not yet arrived, the fakirs are convinced that it’s thanks to their efforts to appease the Bubble Dreamer! Chanting myopic mantras that bore us to tears is one thing… But sacrificing innocent green peas is going too far! No more turning a blind eye to this infamy!

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