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Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Sun May 23, 2010 11:39 am
by mrspud
An instant classic. It was love at first sight!

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Sun May 23, 2010 12:12 pm
by woody.cool
mrspud wrote:An instant classic. It was love at first sight!
I'm 100% totally with you on that one! I loved this game when I first clapped my eyes on it as a kid and still love it now.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:26 am
by thl
Although it's the follow up to its predecessor, I was quite amazed by the changes made to it and it proved to be a fun loving game. The levels are incredibly bright, which defined the concept of how platform games should be seen in terms of graphics and designs. Also playing as small, chubby guys does felt a bit strange as they started off as cute loving creatures. No wonder why they'll eat a lot!

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:28 pm
by Dam
Gave this a quick go, having never played it before, and whilst its not bad, it quickly went from very easy to very frustrating. I don't think it deserves 'classic' status, for me it lacks that 'one more go' factor. Fair play to them for doing something so different to bubble bobble though.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 4:04 pm
by Sepp Salerno
There seems to be a wiff of hate in the house for this title, and from day one a lot of heavy venom has been spat at this little rainbow slinger. I’ve always loved Rainbow Islands, it's in my top 20 games of all time. It was one of those games growing up that I had to stick my neck out for in the playground. I mean it is quite an overtly cute, almost girly offering that really polarised players before they even picked up a joystick to play it. Way back in the early nineties when I read about how great it was in various Amiga magazines, I have to say I thought they were having a laugh. The artwork that promoted the game, and the screen shots I saw made it look a real pansy of a title, but as soon as I played it I was hooked. Chucking rainbows sounds rubbish on paper, but man it’s satisfying. The sounds were spot on, as were the graphics, and although I grew up rocking it on the Amiga 500, I have grown to love the NES, and Megadrive versions just as much. It’s sort of like a classic arcade game, but with a larger scope. Great level layout, and ‘points’ hungry gameplay. Perfect if you ask me, and it’s a game I still play regularly.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 12:19 am
by Denny Haynes
How easy it was to pick up and play and a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours for graphics which pulled you in.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 9:47 am
by Sir Arthur
I remember getting Rainbow Islands for the Amiga in 1991 off a friend for my birthday, he wouldn't think twice about putting a £2.99 sticker over a £19.99 sticker and try it on with some young person on the till. Obviously it worked... :roll:

Anyway, we fired up the game and with all the guys being Bubble Bobble fans we where all blown away and played it none stop for the rest of the year having a competition every Friday and Saturday night. Ah to be 16 again. :D

Awesome game.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:39 pm
by thevulture
THIS is BETTER than Bubble Bobble? No way.was pretty gutted as Bubble Bobble 1 of my all time fav`s.Had seen the game get glowing reviews, waited an AGE for the release (C64 ver.1st i played, was tied up in legal shananigins with Telecomsoft/Graftgold, was`nt it?), and came away very non-impressed.Did try it on ST,PS1 afterwards.It`s not bad, but....

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 5:32 pm
by khisanth
I had never seen it in the arcade, but knew it was the follow up to Bubble Bobble so had to try it. Picked it up from the Home Computer Club for the Amstrad and was well impressed. A coin-op conversion that was actually really good! This got me obsessed with trying to find it in any arcade. When I eventually did it was just as good as I imagined.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 7:18 pm
by Sepp Salerno
I know this is like blasphemy, but I’ve never been all that fussed on Bubble Bobble. There. I’ve finally said it. It’s out there now, in the open. Also, I love Rainbow Island. To me there is no contest between the two games. Controversial? Yes. Contrary? No. That is honestly how I feel. I'm not saying this to be like those annoyin contrary people you meet who are all like "Look at me, I am so differnt, my favourite Alien film is Alien 3, what do you think about that" I sereously have never been that fussed on Bubble Bobble.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:05 pm
by Mordminister
This Game came Shipping with my New Amiga, and being a C 64 boy I marveled at the vibrant colors and crisp visuals. In a way it was like your First glimpse at iPad graphics when used to the iPhone. But shame on Nintendo for Making me buy the game and then discovering its a completely different (and quite crappy) Version.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:35 am
by Dizrythmia
I saw on the title screen that it said it was the story of Bubble Bobble 2. Then I started the game & was about to get annoyed that the gameplay is nothing like Bubble Bobble. Before the annoyance kicked in however I reluctantly found myself enjoying it.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:42 pm
by Pinhead7
The first time I played I did think that thuis is for kids, specifically girls. Nut something in the game kept me playing and I soon found a game that I loved and found wasn't for girls or kids.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:34 pm
by LuMan
I'd have probably played it more, but was too beguiled by the intricasies of New Zealand Story... The theme tune still goes 'round in my head to this day.

Re: Rainbow Islands - First Impressions

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:47 pm
by mrspud
Both NZS and RI are forever etched into my memory as defining Amiga platform games. Even if they are in themselves conversions and not original titles they are an everpresent reminder of a very awesome time of my life. The golden age of gaming, no doubt about it!