RAINBOW ISLANDS (NEC AVENUE / TAITO)

SUPER CD-ROM 2 (JAPANESE VERSION)

This amazing game, originally created for the arcades by Taito, is part of the "Bubble Bobble" series, with the same colourful and childish visuals, and a gameplay as excellent as the original coin-up machine. Itīs not a surprise that Rainbow Islands is also known as "The Story of Bubble Bobble 2". On the first Bubble Bobble game, the main character is a tiny dragon that spits bubbles, while in Rainbow Islands you control a red-haired kid whose weapon shoots a hailstorm of rainbows! ^_^

 

In Rainbow Islands, you should pass through 7 islands, each one of them divided in 4 sub-stages. Itīs highly reccomended to collect several important items, such as shoes (increase your speed) and mantle (invulnerability), which will help you a lot along the game. Besides, you should also try to collect the 7 coloured jewels spreaded all over the stages, in order to gain an extra life.

 

Rainbow Islands has been ported to the PC-ENGINE with magnificence by NEC Avenue, in 1993. It can be easily said that Rainbow Islands is one of the few PC-ENGINE games that is actually a perfect arcade conversion. The excellent gameplay hasnīt been changed, the graphics are almost "carbon copies" from the arcade version, and the soundtrack, of course, is even better than the original, thanks to the Audio-CD musics. And, for nostalgic people, the fifth stage is a must-see... the jokes made with the beloved game Arkanoid are simply priceless!

  

Rainbow Islands is highly recommended for those who simply love a good platform game. Even a "boring" guy (like me! ^_^ ), which doesnīt enjoy extremely coloured and happy games, has to admit: this is a terrific game! ^_^

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

85%

Playability

96%

Musics and Sound Effects

92%

Interest

94%

OVERALL

92%

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