Rayman 2: The Great Escape

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Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Rayman 2: The Great Escape cover
Developers
Ubi Soft Montpellier
Publishers
Ubi Soft
Engines
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows October 29, 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape at Wikipedia
Rayman
Rayman 1996
Rayman Designer 1997
Rayman 2: The Great Escape 1999
Rayman Junior 2000
Rayman M 2002
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc 2003
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2006
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 2007
Rayman Origins 2012
Rayman Jungle Run 2013
Rayman Legends 2013
Rabbids Big Bang 2013
Rayman Fiesta Run 2014

Key points

The retail game cannot be installed on 64-bit computers; see Issues fixed.
Bonus stages may be impossible to complete at 60 FPS; see Frame rate capping.
Animations are capped at 30 FPS.
Does not support Alt+Tab while in-game; see Windowed or Game breaks after task switching.

General information

Rayman Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original retail version. Has SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Rayman 3-pack version, also includes Rayman and Rayman M.
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
10th Anniversary, also includes Rayman M and Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Comes pre-configured with nGlide.
Windows
Uplay
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Comes pre-configured with WineD3D library (DX6). For framerate dips on DX6 see
Windows
No longer available on Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches are available here. Note that the digital versions have the CD issue fixed, but it is unknown if they have any other patches applied.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Options
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15060/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\SaveGame
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15060/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use nGlide. Set in nglide_config.exe.
60 FPS
Animations only run at 30 FPS.[3]
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 62 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen resolutions[4][5]
  1. Download and extract the Rayman 2 Widescreen Patch pack.
  2. Navigate the folders for your game version and desired aspect ratio.
  3. Place the files into <path-to-game>, replacing the old ones.
  4. Make sure your resolution settings are set to fit the screen (set in nglide_config.exe).
  5. For resolutions greater than 2048 pixels, use dgVoodoo 2.

Notes

Hud scaling fixed.
Objects at screen edges will disappear with Hor+ aspect ratio.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set Do not notify on task switch.
  5. Set the window position and size.
  6. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on Input tab, set Hook dinput.
  8. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  9. Click OK, then File and Save.
  10. Run the game from DxWnd.
Windowed mode in some cases can be forced by pressing Alt+ Enter, but task switching may still not work correctly.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
The game uses Aureal 3D (not EAX).[citation needed] To restore Aureal 3D effects, install Creative Alchemy, then install the game in the Alchemy (for non-Creative cards see) and copy these files into Rayman2\DLL folder. Then install A3D Live. Press alt+tab to return to the game immediately after A3D splash screen to avoid game crash on startup. Tested on GOG version, nGlide, W10. In case of burdensome crashes, use this .ini, and uninstall A3D Live. Alternatively see video description here

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Slovak
Use unofficial slovak language file (Windows)
Spanish

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game repeatedly changes resolution before launch[edit]

This is side effect of the way Rayman 2 checks the available resolutions when using the Glide renderer. Setting a forced resolution in the nGlide settings minimizes the effect.[6]

Issues fixed[edit]

Blurry and distorted graphics[edit]

Use nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Run nGlide Configurator from the start menu.
  3. Select your screen resolution. Change Aspect ratio to Fit to Screen if you want to play in widescreen, and click Apply.
  4. Run <path-to-game>\GXSetup.exe (causes screen to momentarily flicker).
  5. Change Renderer to Glide2 (1.0.0) Voodoo Graphics Glide 2 Driver and click OK.
  6. Run Rayman2.exe as an admin (causes screen to momentarily flicker).
Use dgVoodoo2 (alternative)[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract the latest version of dgVoodoo2.
  2. Copy the contents of MS as well as dgVoodooSetup.exe into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe.
  4. Click the ./ button at the top of the window.
  5. Click the DirectX tab and select your desired resolution.
  6. Disable the dgVoodoo Watermark option.
  7. Click Apply and close the window.
  8. Run <path-to-game>\GXSetup.exe (causes screen to momentarily flicker).
  9. Change Renderer to DirectX6 (1.0.0) DirectX 6 Driver.
  10. Select your resolution and click OK.
  11. Run Rayman2.exe as an admin.

Notes

Causes frame rate to jump between 30 and 60 FPS.
White lines may appear on the edge of the screen when forcing MSAA.

32-bit depth not available (Glide)[edit]

Use nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Copy GliVd1vf.dll from folder "Rayman 2\DLL" to folder "Rayman 2\DLL\Glide"
  3. Set Glide in GXSetup.exe
  4. Edit ubi.ini and replace x 16 to x 32

Notes

32 bit in ubi.ini works only with Glide renderer and after copying the file.
nGlide automatically renders all Glide games at 32-bit, regardless of original bit-depth (though with x 16 instead of x 32 in ubi.ini, game looks slightly diffrent - slightly because the game itself has only 16 bit textures.

Game breaks after task switching[edit]

Update nGlide version[citation needed]
  1. Download the latest version of nGlide.
  2. Open the nGlide setup with 7-Zip.
  3. Extract the contents to the installation folder and overwrite the original files.
Use combination of Win+Tab and Alt+Tab alternately

During first minimizing, use Win+Tab , during second minimizing, use Alt+Tab and so on. In main menu (before loading save) use only Alt+Tab . In case of using Aueral 3D, and closing version notification on startup, don't use Alt+Tab twice at a row (to come back to the game after closing notification, and later to minimize in main menu). Don't press on the game icon in taskbar more than once at a row. Game breaks can still occur though, but less.

Or see Windowed[citation needed]

Impossible to complete bonus stages[edit]

Alternating and never fills the bar more than around 60%.[7]

Game runs in windowed mode (full screen fix)[edit]

Use nGlide (see above)[citation needed]
Use DxWrapper (uses DirectX 6 renderer)[citation needed]
  1. Download DxWrapper.
  2. Copy dxwrapper.ini, dxwrapper.dll, ddraw.dll (stub directory), into Rayman 2 directory
  3. Edit dxwrapper.ini: FullScreen = 1
  4. If you previously used Glide, run GXSetup to choose DirectX renderer.
The best DX6 wrapper performance for this game. Behaves smoother than dgVoodoo and WineD3D. No 30 FPS dips.
Overlays cause major FPS drops (e.g. Fraps, Steam, Uplay, MSI Afterburner). It's just enough to hide them by keyboard shortcut if available, or just close.

No options to choose in GXSetup (GOG.com version)[edit]

Copy lacking files from retail version[8]
  1. Download https://yadi.sk/d/0EpVFRPe3U9Lf7
  2. Unpack files to Rayman 2 directory
  3. Run GXSetup as admin
  4. Now GXSetup should list all renderers (useful for changing DX6 to (n)Glide).

Game refuses to close after unsuccessful alt-tab[edit]

In Windows 10 press Win+Tab and drag & drop Rayman 2.exe to "Desktop 2" (create if doesn't exist), then close application in Task Manager

Install the game on modern systems (Retail)[edit]

The retail game cannot be installed on 64-bit computers because the DRM in the installation disc is 16-bit.
Use Rayman 2 x64 Patcher[citation needed]

"Please insert CD" message with pirate head image (Retail)[edit]

At the end of The Echoing Caves an anti-piracy message will appear and stop progress, even when using a legitimate copy of the game.[9]
This has been fixed in the GOG release. You can copy your save file to that version and continue playing.
Add missing files not copied from retail installer[10]
  1. Download missing files.
  2. Copy the DATA folder to the installation folder.

Crash to desktop on Windows 8.1 (GOG.com)[edit]

Install the game outside of the default folder[11][citation needed]
Close MSI Afterburner

Low frame rate on Windows 8 (DX6)[edit]

Use nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Run <path-to-game>\GXSetup.exe.
  3. Set Renderer to Glide2.
Use DDRAW FPS Fix[citation needed]
  1. Download DDRAW FPS Fix.
  2. Extract the appropriate ddraw.dll to the installation folder.
See Windowed[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6
Glide
Needs to be set in GXSetup.exe or ubi.ini (GOG.com version is already preconfigured with nGlide).
64-bit executable

Rayman 2 Fun Box[edit]

Adds first-person camera mode and other misc. mods.

Rayman 2 Level Switcher[edit]

Level switcher for Rayman 2.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz Intel Pentium with MMX 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 3Dfx Voodoo
DirectX 6.1 compatible
3Dfx Voodoo2
16 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/15060/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15060) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References