Rainbow Skies PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Rainbow Skies by Side Quest Studios and EastAsiaSoft.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Rainbow Skies is a tactical RPG and follow-up to a game called Rainbow Moon.
The game begins with two characters named Damion and Layne. They’re inhabitants of a floating city but after a mishap in Damion’s training session they wind up plummeting to the surface of the planet. The planet is rumored to be poisonous and deadly to anyone who winds up there.
Upon arrival, however, they find an entire civilization of people living there. They are also bound to a woman named Ashly after her attempt at casting a binding spell fails. So, the three of them set out on a journey to reverse the binding spell so they can all go their separate ways.
The story is pretty interesting. I will admit that it does feel like a pretty standard JRPG storyline, but there is some uniqueness to be had. The failed binding spell theme is pretty entertaining for example, and leads to some interesting situations.
The characters can be pretty humorous at times and they fit their roles well. Damion and Layne try to hide the fact that they’re from the floating city since they aren’t well liked on the surface of the planet. Mostly because their garbage plummets to the ground and causes monsters to overrun the planet.
Damion is a bit of a knucklehead and often almost gives away their cover. Layne is level-headed and concise, he also acts as Damion’s “mentor” through most of the game but the two of them like to clash every so often due to a difference in weapon preference (Damion favoring the sword and Layne favoring the bow). Ashly is a bit of a klutz, and is the one that wound up fumbling the initial binding spell which keeps them all bound together. She also has a thing for Damion at times but doesn’t like to acknowledge it and often tries to hide it.
The three of them play well together and during conversations they each provide dialogue and play off of what each of the other characters says. So they all have a part to play during quest conversations and the story.
One thing that’s worth mentioning is that the game is chock full of great features. I’ll try my best to include as many of them in this review as possible.
Combat in Rainbow Skies is pretty standard for tactical RPG’s and is pretty simplistic and easy to learn. You simply move your characters around a grid based map, lining up attacks and using skills. If you’ve played a tactical RPG before you’ll know what to expect from this game.
Rainbow Skies has a feature that you can use that increases the stats of enemies that you encounter. This allows you to increase the money that’s dropped from enemies. There are many levels that you can boost but to unlock the next level, you must first win a series of battles first. This prevents you from raising the level too high for your level. Unfortunately boosting enemy stats has no impact on item drops. To boost enemy stats you must talk to a tutor which can often be found in schools.
Instead of a traditional skill tree leveling system the game utilizes an upgrade system. With the upgrade system you use skill points to increase the ranking of various stats in order to max them out. There are 3 types of skill points, blue, red and yellow. Blue being the most common early on. Each stat has a max rank and completing it adds it to your complete list. Every major level that you acquire unlocks new abilities for you to master.
There’s also a weapon and armor upgrade system where you can use materials at a blacksmith to improve the stats of your gear. Monsters often drop pieces of themselves when they are defeated and you can use these to add bonus stats. Not all of them add good stats though and it’s a good idea to clean out old materials by selling them at a shop.
Weapons and armor also get upgraded when you use them in combat. With each new gear level, a new slot for enhancements will be available.
Skills that you use in combat also level up with use as well. With every level you increase, the more powerful the attack will become. Learning skills requires you to learn them from skill books first. Skill books are sold by book merchants and come in a variety of levels. Each skill book has a set of 3 skills to learn but you must first level up the previous skill to a specific level before the next one will unlock. The higher the level skill, the more MP that it will use so you’ll need to keep an eye on your MP consumption and stock of potions.
There are a ton of other features in the game and the further you get, the more that you’ll be introduced to. It’s a feature packed game and the 5 years that it took to develop the game have really paid off.
Overall, Rainbow Skies is a superb tactical RPG that has a ton of great features. The game is a ton of fun and it’s highly addicting as well. If you have any love for RPG’s, I highly recommend giving this game a shot. I was also quite surprised by this game. At first glance it seems like a fairly simplistic game by design but once you play it you realize how much depth the game actually has. It’s a great game and I had a blast with it.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review for Rainbow Skies folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!