Rayman Origins

LQ: 9.5


Brain grade: 9.1
Fun score: 10

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 9+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

In Rayman Origins, players traverse various side-scrolling levels that task them with leaping platforms, fighting off enemies and collecting valuable creatures called Electoons, which serve as points earned at the end of each level. Even though players don’t need to collect every Electoon in order to complete a level, they do need to gather a sufficient amount to unlock new stages and advance in the game. Players can team up both online and offline, with each character acquiring new moves and abilities as the game progresses. Levels can be replayed numerous times, encouraging players to re-try levels for a better score. Rayman Origins contains mild cartoon violence and comic mischief, and features simple controls and a moderate level of difficulty, making it recommended to players ages 9 and up.

This game is good for kids who need help with:


Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

In order to do well in Rayman Origins, players need to pay close attention to the timing of their movements, making precise maneuvers as they run, jump and glide through each level. It only takes one careless move to fall off an edge, causing the player to start from the beginning.

Also, players need to keep their eyes peeled not only for Electoons, but other valuable items like Skull Coins and hidden cages as well. These score players even more points, making it easier to unlock levels and progress in the game. If the player flies through the level without noticing them, he may not earn enough points, requiring him to replay the level.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Every level of Rayman Origins is different in design, presenting new challenges to the player as the game progresses. Some levels have the characters running and jumping to collect Electoons, while others send them swimming underwater. Another stage even has Rayman and friends flying on over-sized mosquitoes as they shoot their way through an army of bad guys. While the goal of collecting Electoons is the same throughout every level, players need to adapt to the various game controls and situations in order to earn a decent score.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in her mind while working.

Because the levels can be replayed numerous times, players are encouraged to remember the locations of Electoons and Skull Coins, as well as traps and hazards. If players sustain too much damage or fall off the edge, they'll lose a life. By remembering what caused them to lose during their first attempt, players can better avoid falling for the same trap again.

For example: kitchen utensils will be shot at the players in specific areas of the flying lava level. If players happen to get hit and have to restart, they can learn from their previous effort by recalling where this attack occurs and how to avoid it during their next attempt.

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