The game features both single player and multiplayer modes, with a support for 4 player drop in/drop out local co-op. Players will control the main hero Rayman, Globox and two teensies. Rayman Origins is a side-scrolling platformer with puzzle solving elements.
The objective is to complete the levels and save the Glade of Dreams. Overall, there are over 60 levels in the game, taking place in 12 different environments. The player moves from the left side of the screen to the right side, fighting the enemies and collecting various objects along the way. Some levels have additional layers which can be explored. There are secret locations which can be reached only if players cooperate together. The sound and music play the important role in the gameplay as they're synchronized with player's actions. Similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, players who die during multiplayer will turn into a balloon-like state and float around until popped by another player. However, one player must remain alive in order to progress, and the feature is unavailable in single player mode.