Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

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Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc cover
Developers
Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft Montpellier
Mac OS (Classic) Zonic Limited
macOS (OS X) Zonic Limited
Publishers
Ubisoft
Poland Licomp Empik Multimedia
Russia Buka Entertainment
Mac OS Feral Interactive
OS X Feral Interactive
Engines
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows March 20, 2003
Mac OS (Classic) February 6, 2004
macOS (OS X) February 6, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 74
IGDB 65
Taxonomy
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
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 1996
Rayman Designer 1997
Rayman By His Fans 1998
Rayman 60 Levels 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape 1999
Rayman M 2002
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

Warnings

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

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

Better Rayman 3[edit]

These steps are required on some PC's.
Use Better Rayman 3
  1. Install Rayman 3.
  2. Go to <path-to-game> Run Rayman3.exe as an administrator and make sure the game starts.
  3. Download and install Better Rayman 3.
  4. Run BR3_Config.exe.
  5. Run Rayman3.exe to start the game.

Notes

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 AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Windows\Ubisoft\ubi.ini with Italian or else the game will start in English.

FMV (Full Motion Video)[edit]

The PC version uses FMV files that are much more compressed compared to the console versions.
Download and install PS2 FMVs[3]
  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[edit]

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[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect
[4]

Video[edit]

External video settings.
External video settings.

Input[edit]

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
Remapping
Mouse buttons are not natively supported
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
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
DualShock 4 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.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
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.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

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

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Czech
Retail only.
Hebrew
Retail only.
Polish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Russian
Retail only.
Slovak
Retail only.

Forcing a different language[edit]

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

Notes

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 AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Windows\Ubisoft\ubi.ini with Italian or else the game will start in English.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
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[edit]

Refuses to start on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Error message: Check your version of DirectX. Version 8.1 or higher is required.
Install DirectPlay

See Older games refuse to start on Windows 8 and later for instructions.

Missing textures and broken graphics[edit]

Fix TnL issues[6]
  1. Install Better Rayman 3.
  2. Open BR3_Config.exe.
  3. Make sure Hardware Vertex Processing is enabled.
Fix Intel HD Graphics[7]
  1. Download d3d8to9.
  2. Move the 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.

Notes

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[edit]

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[8]
Use d3d8to9 or dgVoodoo 2 and set the refresh rate to 60Hz[9]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.1b

Modifications[edit]

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD for PC[edit]

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.
Fonts in some languages (like Polish, Slovak or Hebrew) can be broken after installing this mod. Download this to fix it.

Enhanced Rayman Reshade[edit]

Overhauls the game's lighting and colors.

Fixing graphical issues and running the game flawlessly on Linux[edit]

Instructions[10]
  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/<your username>/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/<yourname>/.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[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 650 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256 SDR
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

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] 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.[2]
  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).

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Verified by User:Icup321 on 2021-05-13
    Tested these FMVs, all of which are higher quality than the stock PC FMV files.
  4. Cloud save support for games available on Ubisoft+ - last accessed on 2021-09-18
  5. Verified by User:Diegoelcapo123 on 2020-04-05
    Tested on d3d8to9 and dgVoodoo on Windows 10.
  6. Better Rayman 3 - Page 25 - Rayman Pirate-Community
  7. [1]
  8. Verified by User:Keith on 2017-09
  9. Verified by User:Diegoelcapo1231 on 2020-04
  10. [2]