PC Owners Have Hardly Been very spoilt for choice as far as platform games are concerned, and unless you're a big Disney fan, you're still better off playing the wondrous Zool if you fancy some fast action platform fun. Zool offers game-play by the bucketload from the ant with attitude - what's more, it's now on budget for just a few hundred pence.
So has UbiSoft's cutesy character with no arms (although fortunately for him he does have sort of'floating hands') got that extra little something that will take the genre to dizzy new heights? Well, er - no, not really. But make no mistake, Raytnan looks quite gorgeous. In many ways it is comparable to the excellent Donkey Kong Country on the snes - but that was made remarkable by the fact that it was actually written for a 16-bit console, rather than a power-packed pc.
Cutesy, Disney-esque sprites, silky smooth parallax scrolling and colourful glamorama backgrounds are all very nice, but after just a few levels, it all starts to look a little familiar. You leap from leaf to branch to mound of earth, punching nasties with your telescopic fist, collecting power-ups and curious blue jewel-like things as you go. At the end of each section you get the welcome opportunity to duff up an end-of-level baddie and if you deliver the goods you get to progress to the next fork in the map. If you haven't got a vital bit of kit, sorry but you'll have to go back and get it. Similarly, some parts of the earlier levels won't be accessible until you've reached a particular point in the game, and you will need to go back in order to complete certain sections. In the eyes of UbiSoft this makes the game non-linear; other people might say that this is just a ridiculous way of making you play the same section twice.
Control is good (with a gamepad) and the levels (all 68 of 'em) are varied and challenging, but there's never anything completely unexpected or original that makes you scream "Wow! I haven't seen that in a platform game before!".
You get to fly on a wasp-like beastie that wants to be your chum and haggle with this wizard-like bloke (who just happens to look like Tom Petty). This wizard demands jewels in exchange for access to the odd bonus level. Standard platform stuff that's all rather flat and two dimensional, in every respect. No whacky 3D bits, no really clever puzzles or particularly taxing levels, just nice graphics and a steady learning curve that veers from easy-peasy to just plain bloody annoying.
Overall the standard of presentation is high, and UbiSoft have created a very likeable two-dimensional platformer. Ultimately though, Royman is all pretty limited, and - despite UbiSoft's best efforts - pretty linear.
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode