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Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

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Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc cover
Ubisoft Paris
Ubi Pictures
Mac OS (Classic) Zonic Limited
macOS (OS X) Zonic Limited
Poland Licomp Empik Multimedia
Russia Buka Entertainment
Mac OS Feral Interactive
OS X Feral Interactive
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows March 21, 2003[1]
Mac OS (Classic) February 6, 2004[2]
macOS (OS X) February 6, 2004[2]
Metacritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Stylized
Series Rayman
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc on HowLongToBeat
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc on IGDB
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc guide on StrategyWiki
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc on MobyGames
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc on Wikipedia
Rayman 1995
Rayman Designer 1997
Rayman By His Fans 1998
Rayman 60 Levels 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape 1999
Rayman M 2001
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc 2003
Rabbids (series)
Rayman Origins 2012
Rayman Jungle Run 2013
Rayman Legends 2013
Rayman Fiesta Run 2014
Rayman Mini 2019
Rayman Redemption (unofficial) 2020


The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

Running the game at frame rates higher than 60 may negatively affect gameplay.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2.80.011 DRM[Note 1]
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
10th Anniversary, also includes Rayman 2: The Great Escape and Rayman M.
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Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Ubisoft+.

Essential improvements


Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc 1.0.2 Update updates the original 3-CD Mac OS release to the latest version.

Better Rayman 3

Fixes a lot of problems with the game.
Uses an outdated version of DxWrapper.
In case it doesn't launch, make sure to run the BR3_Config.exe file first.
If you wish to use the Italian version of the game, replace Italiano in %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\Windows\Ubisoft\ubi.ini with Italian, or else the game will start in English.
Does not work with the Retail copy of Rayman 3.

PlayStation 2 FMVs

Replaces the PC version's low-quality, compressed FMV files with the higher-quality versions found in the PlayStation 2 release.
Not compatible with languages, that are PC-exclusive.
Download and install PS2 FMVs[5]
  1. Download and unzip the video files.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\videos\.
  3. Replace the files in the folder with the downloaded ones.

Skip intro videos

Skip startup Ubisoft logo
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\videos.
  2. Delete or rename ubi.bik.
  3. Save this file to <path-to-game>\videos.
  4. Rename it to ubi.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %WINDIR%\UbiSoft\ubi.ini[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Preferences/Ubisoft/Rayman 3/Preferences Data

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GAMEDATA\SaveGame\*.sav[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Preferences/Ubisoft/Rayman 3/Saved/*.sav

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect


External video settings.
External video settings.


External gamepad settings.
External gamepad settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse buttons are not natively supported
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Use Better Rayman 3 on modern systems.
Full controller support
Use Better Rayman 3 to navigate menus with a controller.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Use Better Rayman 3 for XInput controllers. Make sure to set the Horizontal Axis value to 2 and the Vertical Axis value to 5 to use right-analog stick camera rotation. Also make sure to set the Outer Dead Zone to the highest value to prevent any issues with moving around using analog sticks.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Use Better Rayman 3 to restore controller support on modern operating systems. Make sure to set the Horizontal Axis value to 2 and the Vertical Axis value to 5 to use right-analog stick camera rotation.
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
Use Better Rayman 3 to restore controller support on modern operating systems.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Use Better Rayman 3 to restore vibration support on modern operating systems. Despite there being an option available to disable vibration in the Options menu, it does not seem to work when disabled.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Adds full DirectInput controller support for modern XInput-based controllers.
Restores haptic feedback.
Installing Xidi
Works with Xidi library in DInput8 form, but requires drop Xidi's dinput8.dll into the game directory.
  1. Ensure the system is running Windows 10 or 11. Xidi is built to target Windows 10 or 11 and does not support older versions of Windows.
  2. Ensure the Visual C++ Runtime for Visual Studio 2022 is installed. Xidi is linked against this runtime and will not work without it. If running a 64-bit operating system, install both the x86 and the x64 versions of this runtime, otherwise install just the x86 version.
  3. Download the latest release of Xidi from here.
  4. Install one of the forms of Xidi into the same directory as the game executable: <path-to-game>.
  5. Optionally supply configuration settings to Xidi: config.
  6. Run the game.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, and Dialogue.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only.
Retail only.

Forcing a different language

Use Better Rayman 3
  1. Install Better Rayman 3.
  2. Use BR3_Config.exe to change the default language.


Before installing Better Rayman 3, you have to run the game once.
If you wish to use the Italian version of the game, replace Italiano in %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\Windows\Ubisoft\ubi.ini with Italian, or else the game will start in English.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4, see important hints in the here.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Refuses to start on Windows 8 and later

Error message: Check your version of DirectX. Version 8.1 or higher is required.
Install DirectPlay
No error message
Create empty ubi.ini file in "C:\Windows\Ubisoft\[8]

Missing textures and broken graphics

Fix TnL issues[9]
  1. Install Better Rayman 3.
  2. Open BR3_Config.exe.
  3. Make sure Hardware Vertex Processing is enabled.
Fix Intel HD Graphics[10]
  1. Download d3d8to9.
  2. Move d3d8.dll into Rayman 3 folder.
  3. Make sure if you have Better Rayman 3 installed that in the d3d8.ini d3d8to9 is set to 0.


d3d8to9 set to 1 in d3d8.ini from Better Rayman and Hardware Vertex Processing enabled is required to make the game work with ReShade.
If you still have some texture issues, follow these instructions.

Game elements run too fast

Rayman 3 by default runs at 72 FPS and may drop to 36 FPS randomly. Above 60 FPS can cause various issues; e.g. some animations play out too fast, shielded enemies turn faster and certain platforms disappear more quickly.
Use Better Rayman 3

Install Better Rayman 3 to lock the frame rate at 60 FPS; this also prevents the game from dropping FPS randomly.

Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[11]
Use d3d8to9 or dgVoodoo 2 and set the refresh rate to 60Hz[12]

Misplaced HUD elements[13]

Use Better Rayman 3
Override system DPI (instruction based on Windows 11[14])
  1. Right-click on your game executable or shorctut
  2. Go to compatibility>Change high DPI settings
  3. Check "Override system DPI" and pick option "Windows logon" below
  4. The section below might be greyed with checked option "Scaled performed by">"Application"[15]
Lower refresh rate[16]
(or) Cap your frame rate to 60 FPS (fixes additional borders issue)
Lower your resolution below FHD
In Rayman3.exe change offset 1A9EAE from the default value "40" to "11" for 16:9 or "21" for 16:10 in hex editor like HxD (works with BetterRayman)[17][18].

Assertion failed (Visual C++ error)[19]

Happens while using regional dubbed versions of the game with Better Rayman
Follow the instruction[20]
  1. Install your regional version
  2. Install Rayman 3 GOG version in another location
  3. Delete "Gamedatabin" and "videos" folders from Rayman 3 GOG version
  4. Copy and paste "Gamedatabin" and "videos" folders from regional version to Rayman 3 GOG version
  5. Uninstall regional version (it's useless now)
  6. Install "Better Rayman 3" in Rayman 3 GOG version installation folder
  7. Go to Rayman 3 GOG version installation folder run "R3_Setup_DX8.exe" and setup video settings for Rayman 3
  8. Now you can play Rayman 3 in your regional version with dubbing
Game crashes after task switching[21]

Use Ray3Fix instead of Better Rayman 3

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.1b


Better Rayman 3 HD

Contains higher quality AI upscaled textures from the PC port of the game (and some recreated) instead of the poorly upscaled/bugged Xbox 360/PS3 version's textures with some numerous fixes.
Fonts in some languages (like Polish, Slovak or Hebrew) can be broken after installing this mod. Download this to fix it.
For controller friendly HUD and icons check this.

Enhanced Rayman Reshade

Overhauls the game's lighting and colors.

Fixing graphical issues and running the game flawlessly on Linux

  1. Download and Install Wine for your distro. Lutris comes with Wine, but it's better to have it installed as well.
  2. Download and install Lutris for your distro.
  3. Use Lutris to install whichever version of Rayman 3 you own, by searching for the install script here. I installed GOG from there and used that to install Rayman 3.
  4. Open Lutris and click the plus in the upper left, then press add game.
  5. In the "Game info" tab, put the "Name" as "Rayman 3", then set the runner to "Wine (Runs Windows Games)".
  6. In the "Game options" tab, click browse to the right of "Executable" and browse to the Rayman 3 install directory. Choose Rayman3.exe. (By default, the GOG version's directory is: $HOME/Games/gog-galaxy/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/GOG Galaxy/Games/Rayman 3/)
  7. Set the "Working directory" as the Rayman 3 install directory, then hit save.
  8. Right click Rayman 3 in Lutris and choose "Browse files".
  9. Open R3_Setup_DX8.exe and set the game to a resolution your monitor can display. (I chose 1024x768, this is only temporary)
  10. Run the game temporarily by double clicking "Rayman 3" in Lutris. You can close it as soon as you get to the title screen. (The next 2 steps ensure the game will launch after installing Better Rayman 3)
  11. Install Better Rayman 3 to the Rayman 3 directory.
  12. Right click Rayman 3 in Lutris and choose "Winetricks".
  13. Choose "Select the default prefix".
  14. Select "Install a Windows DLL or component".
  15. Look for "dotnet40", then click it and hit "OK". This may take a minute to install, once it's done, the Winetricks dialogue will pop up again. You can close it once it does by either hitting "Cancel" on each dialogue or clicking the X on the top right.
  16. Download dgVoodoo and put the D3D9.ini file from the MS directory into the Rayman 3 install directory.
  17. Put dgVoodooCpl.exe into the Rayman 3 install directory too. This is needed for later.
  18. Open d3d8.ini in the Rayman 3 directory and change "D3d8to9 = 0" to "D3d8to9 = 1", then save and close it.
  19. Right click Rayman 3 in Lutris and choose configure.
  20. In the "Runner options" tab, enable DXVK, then hit save.
  21. Right click Rayman 3 in Lutris and choose "Wine configuration".
  22. Click add application, then type Rayman3.exe and hit open.
  23. Make sure Rayman3.exe is highlighted in the "Applications" tab, then navigate to the "Libraries" tab.
  24. Type "d3d8" into the "New override for library:" box and hit "Add".
  25. Type "d3d9" into the "New override for library:" box and hit "Add".
  26. Hit "OK" to save the settings and close Wine configuration.
  27. Browse to the Rayman 3 directory and run BR3_Config.exe. (If it doesn't launch, skip to step 30)
  28. Set the "Resolution" to whichever one you plan to use, and optionally set "Texture Quality" to "High".
  29. Uncheck the box labeled "Vertex processing", then click "OK".
  30. If BR3_Config opened for you, skip these 3 steps, otherwise, find and open ubi.ini. (The directory should be: $HOME/.wine/drive_c/windows/Ubisoft/)
  31. Change "Gli_Mode" to whichever resolution you want. For 1080p, use "Gli_Mode=1 - 1920 x 1080 x 32".
  32. Change "TnL=1" to "TnL=0".
  33. Now double-click Rayman 3 in Lutris to launch the game and it should work. You should be able to see the Ubisoft logo and a dgVoodoo watermark in the bottom right indicating that it is working. The dgVoodoo watermark can be disabled by running dgVoodooCpl.exe and going into the options menu.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (98SE/2000/ME)
128 MB (XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 650 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256 SDR
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 9.1, 10.1.3
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3/G4 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Rayman 3 PC available in United Kingdom! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-04
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rayman 3 - Ultimate Powers! Ultimate Enemies! Ultimate Havoc! | Feral News - last accessed on 2023-12-30
  3. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  4. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  5. Verified by User:Icup321 on 2021-05-13
    Tested these FMVs, all of which are higher quality than the stock PC FMV files.
  6. Cloud save support for games available on Ubisoft+ - last accessed on 2021-09-18
  7. Verified by User:Diegoelcapo123 on 2020-04-05
    Tested on d3d8to9 and dgVoodoo on Windows 10.
  8. - last accessed on May 2023
  9. Better Rayman 3 - Page 25 - Rayman Pirate-Community - last accessed on May 2023
  10. GitHub - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  11. Verified by User:Keith on 2017-09
  12. Verified by User:Diegoelcapo1231 on 2020-04
  14. - last accessed on May 2023
  15. - last accessed on May 2023
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