Published By: EastAsiaSoft
Developed By: SideQuest Studios
Rated: E10+ (Mild Language, Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence)
Release Date: February 16, 2016
PSN: Buy Now!
Written By: Matthew Prunty
March 7, 2016 – As we await the release of Rainbow Skies, EastAsiaSoft and SideQuest Studios decided to partner up one more time to re-release their epic indie strategy RPG known as Rainbow Moon; only this time for the PlayStation 4. Having already released the game on both the PS3 and the Vita, Rainbow Moon has amassed over a million copies sold worldwide and a strong dedicated following that’s eagerly awaiting their next epic journey. Having already crafted a solid experience in Rainbow Moon, developer SideQuest was looking at refining the experience in order to make the title befitting of Sony’s PS4 and help prepare themselves for the daunting task of developing and releasing Rainbow Skies; its sequel.
When looking at the PS3 and PS4 versions of Rainbow Moon, it’s hard press to tell the difference between both games. Both games have a visual resolution of 1080p, with a frame rate of 60fps. Both boast the same story, cast of characters and detail locals that you visit along your journey. The character designs are simplistic, yet fully realized and highly detailed. Whether traversing the moon or in a heated battle, the quality of the artwork is evident. The varying levels are distinct and offer up tons of variety via set pieces and an array of enemies to do battle with. While Rainbow Moon is indeed a simple port from PS3 to PS4, having invested over thirty hours in game, I can tell you that there is a refinement not seen but experienced. There is a fluid motion to the experience within the PS4 version.
The battles within Rainbow Moon are broken down into two types – Direct and Indirect – with the latter being your decision to participate in. Whether you focus only on direct confrontation or mix it up with the random battles that you are presented with, the onscreen action remains the same. Your first several forays in battle will have you as a lone soldier against a variety of enemies. As you progress through your journey, you will meet new allies that will join you on your quest. You can have a total of three combatants participating in the battle at any time. The battles you participate can range in opponents of one to twenty, and depending on the how many combatants and who make up the group; you will have to plan out your attacks to in order to be the survivor(s) at the end.
Looting chests and defeating enemies will net you two types of currency – Rainbow Coins and Rainbow Pearls – which will be used to upgrade your characters stats, buy new more powerful equipment and revive a fallen alley in battle. The Rainbow Coins are used to purchase goods like potions, weapons, armor and skill scrolls. The Rainbow Pearls allow you to upgrade you stats like Hit Points, Defense, Strength, Speed and Luck. Each one of these stats is just as important as the other. Luck lends a hand in determining whether when attacked, they land a devastating attacks; an attack at all. Higher levels of Strength allow for more devastating attacks on your part. Speed determines who attacks first and how often you can attack in between your enemy attacks. Defense determines how much damage you take on when being attacked. Lastly, but also equally important is the Hit Points, which are basically your life points. These will also increase alongside your Magic Points every time your level up.
Rainbow Moon is one of those gems that come along every once in awhile; three times in a row if you are SideQuest Studios. Even to this day, there are many AAA titles that still can’t match the breath of content that Rainbow Moon gives you for the low price of $15. You can easily sink dozens upon dozens of hours into this experience happily and be challenged throughout every bit of it. Rainbow Moon is a trip down memory lane for those familiar with the RPG genre, while offering up enough variety to satisfy those new. If you haven’t already picked up Rainbow Moon, you owe it to yourself to do so now.
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