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Rayman is a great game series with a dedicated fan base. It presents players with fabulous worlds, fun platforming gameplay, and charming characters you’ll grow attached to over time. With its smooth animations and high attention to detail in its graphics, Rayman provides audiences with an enjoyable gameplay experience that’s accessible to players of all age ranges and skill levels. 

If you’ve finished playing Rayman and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks.

Of course, for all the games we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link, so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time in.

So without further ado, we present 10 games to check out if you’re looking for a game like Rayman.

Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country is a classic 2D platformer game featuring one of Nintendo’s most iconic animal characters. In it, you’ll play Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong as they plan to retrieve their succulent banana horde back from the evil King K. Rool. Like Rayman, this game has you traversing multiple, well-designed levels featuring numerous enemies and hurdles for you to overcome. 

From Kremlings to other creatures, you must rely on Donkey and Diddy’s incredible skills to succeed. However, if you run into trouble, the game provides you with numerous items you can use to assist you in your endeavors. From random barrels to mine karts, you’ll appreciate Rare for inserting enough useful tools to help you combat the game’s challenges.

If you’re looking for a great 2D platformer with great graphics, fun characters, and enjoyable gameplay like Rayman, consider playing Donkey Kong Country. 

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a fantastic platformer game with challenging levels, unforgettable characters, and enjoyable gameplay mechanics. Both games offer players intricately designed levels where you must avoid hazards and defeat enemies. The former emphasizes tight controls and precise movements, with each level demanding you to conjure strategies on the fly. This mirrors Rayman endeavors in the 2D space as he must avoid obstacles and defeat foes who stand on his path to victory.

Both games have great difficulty curves. The levels get more challenging as you progress in each title, enticing players to stay determined and mindful as they play through each set of levels.

On top of having a remarkable goal that makes him out to be a heroic figure, Super Meat Boy delivers enough entertaining humor and charm to warrant several play sessions from Rayman fans.  

Kirby’s Return To Dreamland Deluxe

Kirby’s Return To Dreamland Deluxe is an enhanced version of the original Nintendo Wii game. In it, Kirby and his friends must help a mysterious traveler named Magolor rebuild his ship. You’ll be required to traverse through many levels across Planet Popstar to achieve this goal and what awaits you by the end of it is an exciting revelation you don’t want to miss. 

Like Rayman, this game offers incredible level design and platforming gameplay. You’ll love the myriad of worlds Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandanna Waddle Dee explore in this title. From lush grassy landscapes to enchanting oceanic locales, this game delivers another environmental variety to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

On top of the many copy abilities Kirby can acquire in the game and the added side content for when you complete the title’s main story, this is a perfect title to play after Rayman. 

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is a great remake of two of Klonoa’s best games. Like Rayman, these Klonoa titles employ traditional 2D platformer mechanics, requiring players to navigate through multiple levels while defeating enemies and overcoming obstacles.

However, Klonoa provides a small twist on the platforming formula fans should know about. In his games, you can grab and chuck enemies from the environment and throw them into enemies from the background. This “Wind Bullet” mechanic is also used to help Klonoa solve puzzles and progress.

Rayman delivers interesting additions of its own from timed obstacles that require you to jump at precise intervals. It’s these games’ distinct mechanics that help them stand out from others.

If you’re looking for a platformer with imaginative worlds, designs, and a unique spin on the formula, check out Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest and Rayman are known for delivering captivating experiences in the platforming genre. They share several similarities in gameplay mechanics, visual aesthetics, and memorable characters.

In Ori and the Blind Forest, our protagonist Ori utilizes many acrobatic techniques, like wall jumping and gliding, to traverse through the game’s multiple levels. Similarly, Rayman has his own ways of traversing through levels from wall running and his power to punch through obstacles. Both games require players to hone each protagonist’s abilities to defeat foes and complete complex levels.

Rayman and Ori and the Blind Forest have captivating imagery and animations. Ori’s hand-drawn landscape and atmospheric lighting should be enough to entice Rayman fans to give it a try. If not, its compelling gameplay should do the trick. 

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a platformer that bears a striking resemblance to Rayman. Like Rayman, this game delivers innovative gameplay elements to the platformer genre. It introduces a transformative mechanic, allowing players to switch between Giana’s “Cute” and “Punk” personas. Each persona has its perks and weaknesses. This adds to Giana Sister’s depth, giving players new ways of solving their problems.

When comparing this title to Rayman’s inclusion of timed obstacles and precise jumping moments, one will appreciate both games for taking a new stance toward platformers. On that note, Giana Sisters and Rayman create immersive and enchanting atmospheres through their visuals, especially Giana Sisters’ take on the “Cute” and “Punk” themed worlds.

If you’re looking for another innovative platformer to play, this one’s worth it. 

Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus is a stellar Sega project that was helmed by the great Christian Whitehead. He’s known for creating updated ports of beloved Sonic games and earned a chance to create this gem of a title. Like Rayman, Sonic Mania Plus specializes in creating a glorious and mesmerizing platforming experience for players to seek their teeth into. 

In it, you’ll need to utilize Sonic and his friends’ agility, speed, and abilities to avoid hazards and defeat Eggman and his comrades. Sonic’s spin dash and drop dash abilities make level traversal feel thrilling and fast-paced. This echoes the additions Rayman included in his game that helped him stand out amongst other platforming icons.

With its additional characters, music, and levels not found in the original Sonic Mania release, Sonic Mania Plus is a must-play for everyone who loves fast-paced and immersive platformers.  

Kaze and the Wild Masks

Kaze and the Wild Masks is a challenging platformer game with great mechanics and visual aesthetics. It draws inspiration from classic 2D platformers of the past, much like Rayman. Both games emphasize precise jumps and the mastery of their characters’ arsenal to progress through difficult levels.

Kaze is an interesting character, much like Rayman. He’s a bunny with the ability to dash, jump, and use marks that grand him incredible powers. This helps him stand toe-to-toe with platforming protagonists of past to present. The worlds Kaze travels through are immersive. From lush jungles to eerie ruins, Kaze has his work cut out for him in his game.

If you love heroic lead characters with great personalities and powers, check out Kaze and the Wild Masks. 


Cuphead is a delightful 2D platformer with fabulous run-and-gun gameplay. This game offers immense challenges and can be difficult for newcomers to complete. However, if you can stick with it long enough, you’ll develop strategies capable of overcoming its challenging bosses and levels.

Like Rayman, Cuphead features multiple bosses for you to defeat. Each boss has a different attack pattern and phase for you to overcome. The phases get more brutal as things escalate in the fights. You’ll be required to analyze each boss’s moves and develop offensive maneuvers to defeat them. If you die countless times to the boss, don’t fret. It’s expected and makes these villains’ inevitable demise more satisfying.

With its incredible rubber hose art style and delightful soundtrack, Cuphead is a nice alternative for Rayman fans to play. 

Yoshi’s Crafted World

If Cuphead sounds too daunting of a game to play after Rayman, then I suggest picking up something easier and more comfortable like Yoshi’s Crafted World. This game’s arts-and-crafts-like aesthetic will warm your hearts as it complements the game’s easygoing nature well. Like Rayman, this game features fun platforming sections that wreak creativity and wonder. 

In this lighthearted title, you’ll control everyone’s favorite Nintendo dinosaur, Yoshi. You must help Yoshi recover the scattered Sundream Stone fragments Baby Bowser and Kamek scattered across the land. You can play this title alone or with a friend as it has you solve puzzles, complete challenges, and defeat enemies who’ll attempt to thwart your progress. 

Like Rayman, this is a game for all ages and is simple to learn and pick up. While the game has its challenging moments, they won’t overwhelm you for hundreds of hours.

If you adore games that are cute, cozy, and imaginative, then Yoshi’s Crafted World should please you. 

So there we have it, our 10 video game picks to keep you busy after playing Rayman.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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