Ocean Software Ltd
1990
Arcade: Platform
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Alan Green
Chris Bourne

It's back!! The game voted the absolute BEST ever in the CRASH Top 100 classics - and we all know how many there've been over the years.

Rainbow Islands pipped other rip-roaring games to the Number One spot on the grounds Lucy likes rainbows. But don't let this dampen your ardour (madam) - it's an absolute corker, and now it's a mega-bargain too!

You help Bub and Bob, the heroes of Bubble Bobble, who get more than they bargained for during their holiday to the Rainbow Islands. Some wicked old &%(@$ known as Baron Von Stubbs has nabbed all the natives from these beautiful isles. So Bob and Sub get stuck in, battling through seven isles, each with its own theme.

Starting on Insect Island, where you're attacked by all sorts of creepy-crawlies, there's Monster Island, Toy Island, Robot Island and many more. All contain oodles of platform action levels and with loadsa surprise bits and end of level biddies.

You leap around firing little rainbows everywhere, creating a very pretty scene (like cosmic maaaa-n!). Never have you seen such colour moving around so smoothly on your humble Speccy.

There's so much going on all the time, positively overwhelming you with psychedelia and cuteness. And it's super fast too, everything zipping around at high blood pressure-inducing speeds yet animated as smoothly s you're likely to see.

The sounds are similarly startling. Judy Garland would be proud of the Speccy's rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and they must have got the Wizard of Oz himself in to program some of those wicked sound FX on the 128K version.

If that isn't enough to make you drool, Rainbow Islands is one of the most original and addictive games ever to grace us with its presence. You've never played anything like it; it's such a cracker you could be hooked to it for indefinite lengths of time.

Those yet to get themselves completely square-eyed on it are heartily recommended to get stuck in ASAP. And now the Hit Squad are releasing it out for a bargain budget price, only a fool would ignore it (ignore what? - Nicko).

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