Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! review

  • Based on a great platformer
  • Weird, quirky style
  • Not too challenging
  • Unlikeable characters
  • Boring enemies
  • Less precision in the jumping

Towering Adventures retains the basics of the original Rainbow Islands. It’s still a vertical platformer, except instead of fleeing the rising tide, you’re outrunning a succession of ultra-cheap bosses. To help your ascent, you can vomit rainbows, which can be used as platforms or to kill local wildlife.

Just about everything else has been put through the crap-o-rizer. Bub and Bob have been redesigned into lanky mutants – it’s hard to drum up the enthusiasm to help these freaks. The rainbow platforms are now more forgiving, allowing you to stand still on the curves and jump on and off, transforming it from a game of precision to one of procession. The enemies resemble those of the original but lack the same terrifying presence. They’re merely moving obstacles that you bumble into occasionally.

Ignore the fact that it’s taking a rainbow-colored dump all over one of the greatest gaming legacies of all time and this is a decent time-trial platformer. But veterans of the series will be unable to find more than a moment’s pleasure in this limp retread.

Jul 13, 2009

More Info

Release date: Jun 15 2009 - Wii
Oct 29 2009 - Xbox 360 (US)
May 08 2009 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: Square Enix
Developed by: Taito
Franchise: Bubble Bobble
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief
PEGI Rating:

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  • jdcam22 - December 3, 2009 10:23 a.m.

    Rainbow Islands seriously needs a remake for all the fans who remember it fondly! Not this hideous cash-in.
  • nai1210 - July 14, 2009 6:33 a.m.

    All those fond memories of the original game make me long for a proper remake(along with bubble bobble and parasol stars would be nice)but no instead we get this basterdisation who how lovely.

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