Authentic evaluation (October 2021): When you take a look at the upcoming slate of video games for the rest of 2021, it is a sea of darkish, broody titles. Whereas that is not inherently a foul factor, generally you simply need a little bit of color. Video video games are supposed to be enjoyable, proper? There’s sufficient doom and gloom on the planet that generally all you need is slightly little bit of hope, and that is precisely what Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan delivers. Whereas it could not all the time get it proper, its coronary heart is in the correct place, and it offers an journey followers of video games resembling The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker will completely adore.
The plot follows the standard save the world narrative, however duties you to revitalise lands which have been devoid of color. How do you do that? Via some extraordinarily healthful encounters with the sport’s inhabitants and exploration. As you remedy quests, uncover secrets and techniques and chart new territory, you may slowly however absolutely choose away on the world and restore it to its magnificence. It is a recreation the place the weapons at your disposal are love and compassion, not bullets and missiles.
From a gameplay standpoint, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan borrows a number of parts. The best comparability is, as beforehand talked about, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Early on you may obtain a ship and start plotting a course for distant isles, every with platforming challenges and turn-based battles to deal with. As you progress, your boat will increase with extra inhabitants you have come throughout in your travels and turned to your aspect, who will also be later utilized in fight.
After we say fight, it is not precisely what you might suppose. There aren’t any punches thrown right here, however as an alternative, you may ‘combat’ by way of the usage of phrases, as you slowly windle your opponent down. These foes could also be affected by insecurities, anger points and even emotions of abandonment, and it is your job to fastidiously pay attention, responding appropriately to their wants. As soon as you have damaged a barrier, you may use the cuddly critters you have gathered to fill sure shapes and colors above their head to deliver color to them as soon as once more.
It is a great mechanic, however one which maybe outstays its welcome pretty on. You will be partaking in loads of fights they usually do not evolve an excessive amount of from the early hours. Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan could be fairly a prolonged journey, relying on how a lot you want to discover, and combating opponents, repeating the identical handful of mini-games every time, can rapidly develop tedious. It is also price mentioning the themes the sport offers with – which ranges from a complete spectrum of psychological well being and self-appreciation points – could be pretty heavy-handed at occasions. It is clear the sport is meant for a youthful viewers, however the issue of its fight would not all the time mirror that.
This being mentioned, the journey Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan took us on by no means ceased to place a smile on our faces. With a complete forged of memorable and loveable characters, a beautiful world to discover with a incredible artwork fashion, and a seafaring journey that simply begs you to discover ‘yet another island’ – it is onerous to not love what’s on supply. It stumbles alongside the best way and will not be for everybody, however ManaVoid Leisure has crafted a particular expertise for these it does resonate with.