Rainbow Billy: The Curse Of The Leviathan... Reviewed!

Story: The official description for this game's story is: Rainbow Billy tells a universal coming of age story about dealing with changes in the world and accepting ourselves and the others around us! Sometimes it only takes a conversation, empathy, and a new point of view to make a world of difference. - Skybound Games

I wanted to list the actual description of the game for the parents out there. It's a really awesome story that adults could even benefit from... because there are countless people in the world who have no idea how to speak to others. It's actually a game that can speak to gamers on both sides of the coin, and I don't believe that anyone is one way all the time... because seasons, situations, and moods... change. The Leviathan stripped away the vibrant joy of the world because of something caused by Rainbow Billy, and so... Rainbow Billy and his friends band together on a 2.5D Puzzle-Platforming (taking a breath) RPG-Infused-Adventure to undo the curse of the Leviathan.

Gameplay: When it comes to Rainbow Billy: The Curse Of The Leviathan's gameplay, I really appreciate It (I know it sounds weird, but hear me out). I haven't completed the game in its entirety, I just want to say that... but the 10.1 hours of gameplay I've experienced have been amazingly cool.

As a dad, this would come to mind for my daughter because it looks great + the fun factor is there, it's challenging without being overly challenging, and... the combat system is actually tied to mental and emotional health.

When you're taking on a creature, you have a combat system that challenges you to either hit button commands at a certain time, match up shapes in a slot machine type set up, select the correct buttons using your analog stick and buttons, etc. If you do it correctly, you get the shapes that your team presents to use in battle to defeat the creature. You have to either look at the shapes revealed by the creature to select the correct characters and start chipping away at getting them out of their... bad mood via selecting the right things to say (which is awesome) or guess if you responded in a cold-hearted way.

You aren't going to actually defeat the creature if you aren't being considerate of their feelings, so chip away at it before they decrease your morale to 0. Rather than say anything else, here's the First 30!

Replay Value + Visuals: When it comes to the replay value, there is plenty to go back to, you have multiple islands to hope and take on multiple creatures. You aren't just going to small islands either, and part of the challenge is you actually making it to those islands before your Rainbow Fuel runs low. If you don't make it to a new island that allows you to create a safe space from the Leviathan, it will pull your ship under (granted you just go poof and go back to your last safe space).

I found a lot of interest in this because it requires strategy. You can't just go to an island, so you have to use other islands, and make potential safe spaces on closer islands if you want to reach the desired location. You have over 85 islands and caves to explore, over 60 creatures to capture, and the team also says that there are over 30 hours of gameplay. I can see that, I've just been roaming around the sea trying to figure out how to reach gray islands in different ways and I'm already 10+ hours in.

I can't forget the visuals that you saw above, they totally remind me of that old-school Steam Boat Willy style art mixed with Paper Mario. They look great, and I can't help but to use roam around on land or sea and just admire them at times. This includes the cutscenes, and I know the game is Rated E for Everyone, but... I think they did a damn good job with the visuals for what I feel is a game more geared towards kids. Trust me, you won't be missing out on anything if you play this game as an older gamer, and you just might learn something or reignite your desire to be a nicer person.

Price: You can get Rainbow Billy: The Curse Of The Leviathan for $29.99... which is actually a really good deal. The game plays smoothly, looks great, has depth, and it's a full adventure with plenty of replay value. I don't always recommend games, but I would like for parents to check this game out for their children. It touches on various personalities like introverts, highly self-conscious creatures, bullies, etc.

I really like the message in the... confrontations (because they aren't really battles, but at the same time they are). I think that it's one of those games that can open up a conversation between you and your children, to be honest. Not only that, it could actually reinforce conflict resolution and things like that and just increase that overall awareness.

The game is available on Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and... PlayStation!

Gameplay 5

Fun Factor 5

Replay Value 5

Price 5

5 out of 5 Cool Points

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