With an unusual mix of the familiar and stabs at simply doing things differently, Rainbow Skies is an odd bird that struggles with blandness
While early on indie RPGs were pretty scarce on the Switch, in the years that have followed the genre has been pretty solidly filled in. Of course, that makes it tougher and tougher to really stand out in the space, and that’s absolutely what I see Rainbow Skies struggling with. The odd thing is, there’s no question it does quite a few things its own way, so that can be a positive, but somehow I still struggled to find it interesting. Visually it has its own style, the combat has a strategic element and is at least pretty distinctive, and there’s certainly a pretty sizable world to explore. Unfortunately that’s counter-balanced by a pretty tropey story, characters that range from dull to unlikable on the whole, and just a general lack of elements that make it memorable. I have no doubt more old-school retro RPG fans will find its positive side, but there are definitely other titles I’d recommend first on a general level in the space.
Justin Nation, Score: