Sunday 5 March 2023

Rainbow Islands: Bubble Bobble 2 (NES review)

Developer: Ocean
Publisher: Ocean
Released: 1991

Rainbow Islands: Bubble Bobble 2 is based on the 1987 Arcade game and was only released in Europe and Australia.

+ Bite-sized levels encourage you to keep trying and there's a real satisfaction to conquering a tough stage.

+ Bonus items scattered around the playfield are a tantalising risk-reward tease for high score chasers.

+ The scoring system is deceptively deep and mastering advanced rainbow attacks can net you huge scores.

+ Gameplay runs at a much more consistent speed than the Sega Master System version (1993), and has smooth scrolling.

- However, colours are more muted than Sega's 8-bit offering, and enemies / projectiles tend to blend into the background.

- Controls have a slippery and overly-sensitive feeling to them compared to other ports which can cause annoyance.

- End of level collectable fruit takes forever to appear and it tediously always launches in the same pattern.

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