Rainbow Billy balances our hearts with colors
After a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter in 2018, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (which was originally called Steamboat Billy before Disney got its nose on it) is finally available. Montreal studio ManaVoid Entertainment has worked hard over the years to deliver quality gameplay and it shows in the final product.
In this colorful title (at least at the beginning), we control Billy who goes about his business on an island. One of his friends asks him to help him find stickers, a chance for players to get back to normal. Then we explore the level and discover the controls and the particular aspect of the game. Returning to the aesthetics of Paper Mario, we evolved in a 3D world with 2D characters. You can jump and thus reach different points. It’s a bit unsettling at first, but you get used to it quickly. We also interact with the different inhabitants of the town and we can even pet the dog.
But it is once the stickers have been collected that the game begins. Leviathan, the evil sea serpent absorbs almost all the colors of the world, leaving the world in black and white (a bit like in The Saboteur, less violence and the Nazis). In fact, victims are at the mercy of their problems and their emotions. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, these are the problems that we will have to combat. Because Billy, with the help of his friend the ship, managed to escape. From there, we will have to travel from island to island to save the inhabitants of this world.
Rainbow Billy offers two game phases, the first one invites us to explore different platform levels with precise jumps. Depending on the objects we collect, we can interact with the world around us and for example destroy objects with our fishing rod. However, it is the second phase that is the most interesting.
When we come face to face with an inhabitant who has lost his colors, a fight begins. Cet affrontement, issu des RPG, est lui-même spotted in deux parties: on doit d’abord convaincre notre adverse qu’on est là pour l’aider mais avant de confirmer notre choix, on peut écouter ce qu’il a à nous tell; then we attack him according to the symbols above his head. In the game, this translates into a small minigame that can take different forms: QTE, address game … I’m not a fan, but it has the merit of being different. Each victory is an opportunity to recruit these characters to become important allies in our mission.
Regardless, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan still shows just how clever Quebec is. The province’s developers are capable of the world’s biggest spreads, from ultra-violent games to refreshing treats like the ManaVoid title.
- Very pretty
- A little bit of softness in this brutal world
- The soundtrack
- Mini-games aren’t always accurate
7 / 10
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