Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan | Nintendo Switch Review

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan

Brought to you by ManaVoid Entertainment and Skybound Games, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a colorful, family-friendly 2.5D adventure platformer featuring RPG, creature collecting, and puzzle elements. In Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Evil Leviathan, your main goal is to defeat the evil Leviathan and return color back to the World of Imagination.

What’s really going to grab your attention first with Rainbow Billy is the art style. Everything in the game is drawn in a really fun, cartoon-like way filled with a huge pallet of colors. What’s neat is that all the characters in the game are basically flat while the environments around them are in 3D. This is similar to what you might have encountered in games like Super Paper Mario for example. I think the art style really works for a game like this totally matches the family-friendly nature of the game too.

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Laviathen

Next up, the gameplay. Rainbow Billy seems to be a mix of a bunch of different genres all rolled into one. On one side, we have what appears to be a semi open world but we can move around as if we were playing a platformer. You can even do things like jump and attack while in the open world. Now on the other side of the coin, we also have a creature capture element as well as a battle element, not unlike Pokemon. However, battles or as the game likes to call them, confrontations, here work very differently.

You see, in Rainbow Billy, battles are portrayed more in a positive light where instead of doing damage to your opponent, you instead must win them over with love and kindness. Instead of hitting opponents with attacks, you use words of encouragement and affirmations. Listening to what your opponents want and then answering them with what they want to hear goes a long way to making them your friends. Aside from that, there are “confrontations” but mostly these consist of small mini-games, often some QTE elements or such and they’re pretty easy to do. If you do them correctly and match up the correct symbols, you’ll win. It’s really nothing too difficult since this is supposed to be very family friendly.

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Laviathen

Aside from that, there’s a lot of exploration in this game and visiting new islands. With the help of your trusty Friend-Ship, you can sail the seas and visit new islands which have lost their color. Find a way to return color back to them and you’ll be able to refuel and be back on your merry way. The Friend-Ship also does a bit more than just carry you from island to island. It also houses all your new friends you pick up along the way and is the hub where you can also interact with and upgrade your friendship levels. Upgrading your friendship level with each friend allows for more “attacks” which goes a long way towards finishing each confrontation quicker.

Anyways, that’s basically it really without spoiling too much. Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is very nice mashup of several genres. I think it’s interesting that the game flips the whole idea of battles and instead of winning over friends by damaging them, you instead win them over by talking to them and saying positive things to them. It’s different and really backs up the family friendly nature of the game. So with that said, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a great pickup if you like creature capturing games with a good story and lots of exploration.

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is available now on the Nintendo eShop.

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