We’ve seen some twee stuff right here within the Nintendo Life zeppelin, however Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan will be the twee-est factor ever created by human palms. It’s so ruddy twee that it would as nicely have been coded by the Teletubbies, all crowded ‘spherical Po’s little stomach laptop attempting to punch in line after line of Python, in the end leading to his painful demise by bludgeoning.
However that’s all irrelevant. The purpose is, Rainbow Billy is so twee that it makes Walter the Softy go “oof, this can be a bit twee, isn’t it?” Subsequently, it must be quite a lot of enjoyable to counterbalance the sugary-sweetness, lest one’s tooth deign to rot. Fortunately, it’s numerous enjoyable, although there are some caveats.
Primarily the gameplay shouldn’t be totally in contrast to Paper Mario or the current (glorious) pretender, Bug Fables; with peppy, brightly-coloured 3D environments and well-drawn thick-lined 2D belongings, it’s additionally very acquainted however in an interesting means. The usage of color is great typically, with it at all times being clearly-coded the place you’ll be able to and may’t stroll – which is stunning much less limiting than you may assume, as even the earliest space within the recreation has you scrambling throughout rooftops. And the aforementioned color, you’ll discover, comes into play exterior of straightforward aesthetics.
See, a sodding nice dragon has stolen the world’s color, leaving it bereft of pleasure and, erm, pigmentation. Oh no! So, clearly — OBVIOUSLY — Rainbow Billy units out on the open seas through his (deep sigh) Pal-Ship, looking for the stolen tincture through the trio of disciplines we might usefully name exploration, platforming and “fight”.
The sharper of these amongst you should have observed that we put fight in scare quotes, which is correct as a result of there isn’t any precise pugilism right here. Billy should, as an alternative, make mates together with his opponents by talking to them, listening and understanding their issues. Sure, it is all a bit Get Alongside Gang, is not it? That is that tweeness we have been speaking about. However this is not only a sub-Undertale kind of factor, there’s technique concerned. To be able to “perceive” the enemies it is advisable use your already-recruited mates to amass differently-shaped and colored tokens and put on down the opponent’s resistance to your BOUNDLESS FRIENDSHIP.
It is type of creepy when you consider it, so simply strive to not. These morale battles are enjoyable, and later within the recreation whenever you’ve acquired extra mates than MySpace Tom, it will get considerably strategic as the assorted mandatory colors and shapes turn out to be rather less than accessible. You will additionally must play totally different button-matching minigames à la the already-cited Paper Mario sequence, however the presentation of those is a bit of lacklustre in contrast with nearly every part else.
Getting world wide is a real deal with, with secrets and techniques and cubbyholes stuffed with cash hidden far and wide, and a pleasant selection to the sport world as you sail from island to island making new buddies, fixing issues and customarily having a little bit of a grand previous time of it. There are small environmental puzzles to resolve, loads of folks to speak to, and a pleasant spot of fishing as a sideline (although the fishing minigame, comparable to it’s, looks like an previous Flash recreation).
This inherent niceness does come at a little bit of a value. Whereas the sport usually runs at a pleasant easy 60 frames per second, we noticed it drop down ridiculously low at instances, largely throughout the traversal sequences on the boat. Fortunately there was no twitch ability wanted at these factors, however it’s nonetheless disappointing to see the sport chug like that. It additionally opens with an astonishingly lengthy loading display screen. It is so lengthy, in reality, that we timed it and it reached a full one minute and forty-five seconds, which is sort of the wait. We’re undecided why, both, as whereas the sport actually seems good and feels expansive, it would not really feel nearly-two-minutes-of-loading expansive.
Rainbow Billy is fairly quite a bit higher than the sum of its elements, and it is just some pretty extreme technical points that forestall us giving it a better rating. We all know we have harped on about it a bit of, however it actually is exceptionally mawkish quite a lot of the time, which ends up in a little bit of a disconnect whereby the subject material might be pretty considerate and mature however the dialogue used to explain it’s relentlessly cutesy-poo. It is undoubtedly an odd recreation, however the surprisingly concerned “fight” and snappy pacing of the exploration makes it a tentative suggestion for those who can tolerate the tone. We might say it is aimed particularly at youngsters however the issue stage might be pretty excessive, which confuses the matter a contact. Nonetheless, pretty visuals, well-designed places, enjoyable battles; the elements of an excellent recreation are all current and proper right here.