Rayman 2: The Great Escape

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Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Rayman 2: The Great Escape cover
Ubi Soft Montpellier
Ubi Soft
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows October 29, 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape at Wikipedia
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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original retail version. Has SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Rayman 3-pack version, also includes Rayman and Rayman M.
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
10th Anniversary, also includes Rayman M and Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.
Comes pre-configured with nGlide.
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Comes pre-configured with WineD3D library (DX6). For framerate dips on DX6 see
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
No longer available on Steam. The only way to get it was by pre ordering Rayman Origins. [3]

Essential improvements[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[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15060/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\SaveGame[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15060/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use nGlide and force MSAA in the graphics card control panel or SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use nGlide. Set in nglide_config.exe.
60 FPS
Animations only run at 30 FPS.[4]. Frame rates higher than 30 can cause calculation issues.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 62 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen resolutions[5][6]
  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.


Hud scaling fixed.
Objects at screen edges will disappear with Hor+ aspect ratio. See here for workaround
Setting 4:3 resolution in ubi.ini with bigger panoramic resoulution in nGlide_configurator set, will force higher resolution in the game, with less distorted typeface for text (though in cost of very slight graphic sharpness change)


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Set the game to Glide mode with nGlide.
  2. Download and run DxWnd.
  3. Click on Edit, then Add.
  4. Set the name and executable path.
  5. Set Do not notify on task switch.
  6. Set the window position and size.
  7. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  8. Click on Input tab, set Hook dinput.
  9. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  10. Click OK, then File and Save.
  11. 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
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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Use unofficial slovak language file (Windows)

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.[7]

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.


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

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

Use nGlide and copy the files[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


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%.[8]

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.
If you encounter blurry graphics problem, you may be forced to use Glide renderer with nGlide (or slower dgVoodoo) or Wine. In this case, AMD GPU drivers can be a culprit.

No options to choose in GXSetup (GOG/Uplay versions)[edit]

Copy lacking files from retail version[9]
  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 and opposite, instead of editing ubi.ini).
  5. If only Glide is shown on the list, run GXSetup in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode.

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.[10]
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[11]
  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[12][13]
Close MSI Afterburner (fixed in new versions of AB/RivaTuner/AMD drivers)
Set 1024 x 768 in ubi.ini[2]
Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[14]

Add a DEP Exception for Rayman2.exe. Sometimes reboot needed afterwards.

Fixes the problem of crashing on Woods of Light and other levels loading.

Low frame rate on Windows 8/10 (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]

"Display initialisation error problem during resolutions enumeration"[edit]

for using DX6 (Uplay):

Run Rayman 2 as admin and Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode


Copy files into Rayman 2 folder

if stiil doesn't work

Open GXSetup with Windows XP SP2 and admin mode, and choose renderer and resolution

Uplay version or Vulcan in nGlide setting cause stuck at startup white window[edit]

Wait ~1 minute till the game shows up


"Graphics Dll not found, run install"[edit]


Copy files into Rayman 2 folder
Open GXSetup and choose renderer and resolution
Make sure you didn't set x32 in ubi.ini for DX6

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6 Retail default renderer (Uplay version is already preconfigured with DX6 ddraw WineD3D wrapper).
Glide 2 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.

Rayman 2 Reshade with SweetFX mod[edit]

Complete "revamp" of lighting and graphics

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 3Dfx Voodoo
DirectX 6.1 compatible


  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 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.