Rainbow Islands review - Sega Megadrive
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Brilliant! Two damn close versions of the classic coin-op for the price of one! Rainbow Islands has all the features of the coin-op and some more besides. The playability that made the arcade version so good has made its way in copious quantities to this fabulous Megadrive game, including all the secret rooms and bonuses! My only gripe is that the sprites are incredibly flickery at times, especially when loads of rainbows are on screen. Rainbow Islands is still an essential purchase. If you've got an imported machine, do not avoid this at any cost!
Here's another classy Megadrive conversion! It's virtually identical to the original coin-op, with super graphics, an amazingly catchy tune to keep you humming while you play and very, very addictive gameplay. There are three skill levels, but to be honest you're better off playing on the normal level. "Easy" really is very easy and lets you finish the game far too quickly, which ruins the enjoyment somewhat. I love the idea of having Super Rainbow Islands included in the package as it adds enormously to the lasting appeal. With all its amazing secret bonuses, Rainbow Islands isn't a game you'll tire of quickly. An absolute must for import owners.
I managed to pick up a copy of this many moons ago and foolishly parted company with it not long afterwards - now it's a rare and expensive game, so I'm regretting my choice somewhat!
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Tris Wicks - 05 Nov 2008, 02:42 GMT
I used to love this, but playing it now - it's plain annoying. At the time it seemed more colourful than Bubble Bobble, but that's the game I always go back to.
Will - 13 Jun 2012, 13:46 GMT
I remember I really, really wanted this back when it came out, but couldn't get hold of a copy anywhere. It's easy enough to find it online for free now though, so I wouldn't waste your money buying a physical copy. Another classic that's in the same vein is Wani Wani World. That's really worth a go, esp. in 2 player mode.