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September 3, 2013

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Gamer Tuesday Fun Find in Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

Last time we did a Fun Find we discussed how Disney references and parodies can pop up in any asset of pop culture, detailing the references to EPCOT found in the game Diddy Kong Racing. We continue our look at some of these surprising references in the world of games this week by looking at a game that is ten years old this year: Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.

While the name Rayman may not carry the same weight or legacy as Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, it is a name that has seen many ups and downs in terms of quality, defining many elements of the platforming genre. Rayman really started to get noticed in 2000 with Rayman 2, a 3D-platformer known for its beautiful graphics, creative story and rock solid mechanics. The success of that game inspired its publisher and developer Ubisoft to release a third entry to the series: Hoodlum Havoc. The game featured a far edgier sense of humor that differed from the second game's whimsical fairy tale approach.

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

In addition to the broader humor, there were also power ups Rayman could on in order to help him traverse through the various levels. This is where today's Gamer Tuesday Fun Find lies. Sometimes it doesn't take much to make fun or reference Disney. At times, all it takes is just three circles, or two circles on top of someone's head, and there you go, Mickey Mouse. With Rayman 3 being all about the humor, a Disney reference was almost a guarantee. How can we find said reference? Look no further than the power ups Rayman can don.

When Rayman obtains a new helmet or power up, a short cut scene will play that shows how Rayman adjusts himself to that new power. This helmet in particular has one glitch. Sometimes it will get stuck while it transforms, and when it does, well, this happens...

Raymon as Mickey

Yep, Rayman transforms into Mickey Mouse for a split second. All it takes is a tap on the helmet and Rayman is back to his normal self. It is a very quick joke, but thanks to the iconic Mickey Mouse imagery, it can leave a lasting impression. Not even Ubisoft could help themselves.


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