[PlayStation 5] Rainbow Cotton Review

by EdEN, Owner

Shoot ‘em up remake Rainbow Cotton from ININ Games and SUCCESS is ready for you on PlayStation 5. Learn more about it in our Rainbow Cotton review!


Shoot ‘em up remake Rainbow Cotton from ININ Games and SUCCESS is ready for you on PlayStation 5. This game was originally released back in the year 2000 for the SEGA Dreamcast, making it the first 3D entry in the long-running series. It follows what Panorama Cotton did, placing the camera behind Cotton for an on-rails experience. This is the first time the game has made its way out of Japan, and 24 years later, we’re getting a revamped take on a classic in the genre.

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As expected, an evil monster – known as Tweed- has decided to steal the precious Willow candy. The Fairy Queen enlists Fairy Silk to find a solution to this predicament. Silk’s plan involves luring and capturing witch Cotton so that she can take on Tweed’s minions and recover the Willow before it’s too late. She does this by placing a fake Willow candy right below a bucket with a stick tied to a piece of rope. You know, the usual. Cotton manages to escape from this trap but is convinced by Silk to go on an adventure with the promise of being able to taste the Legendary Willow.


The Legendary Willow is located at the Fairy Queen’s castle, but Cotton and Silk soon learn that entry to the castle is forbidden… unless the pair take part in the Willow Festival. What this means is that they will need to travel to each location around the castle, make their way to the boss, and defeat it so that Cotton can receive proof of her visit to eventually be allowed passage to the Fairy Queen’s castle. Are you up for the challenge?

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Along with a revamped HD 3D presentation with particle effects and ambient occlusion, we’re also getting some quality-of-life improvements with rebalanced gameplay mechanics and a boosted framerate, we’re also getting reworked anime cutscenes with English subtitles, snap-back and lock-on features, as well as the option of taking the Retro Mode option for a spin. This makes it the definitive edition of Rainbow Cotton.


The gameplay mechanics are simple and to the point. You’ll control Cotton with the left analog stick to move through each area, attacking enemies, mini-bosses, and bosses by shooting at them by pressing the X button. As you collect crystals, you’ll get to upgrade Cotton’s shooting power at a steady pace, thus dealing more damage to enemies and bosses. By collecting colorful crystals, you’ll also charge up magical attacks, which you can unleash by pressing the Square button.

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At the end of each of the different levels, you’ll run into a big boss. You’ll have to pay attention to each one so that you can learn their movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity to counterattack. This is important if you want to 100% the game since there’s a trophy for beating a boss without receiving any damage. Speaking of which… it’s trophy time!


Rainbow Cotton has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list is split into 15 Bronze trophies, 10 Silver trophies, and 5 Gold trophies. Along with having to beat each boss, complete each level, and finish the game, you’ll also have to beat the game in Retro Mode, free some fairies, use a magic attack, use a fairy to boost a magical attack, beat a mini-boss, and boost Cotton’s attack to the highest level, to name some examples.

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Shoot ‘em up remake Rainbow Cotton is a fun one to take for a spin on PlayStation. The original version was released on Dreamcast way back in the year 2000, and we’re now getting a revamped version with HD 3D graphics, particle effects and ambient occlusion, quality-of-life improvements, rebalanced gameplay mechanics l, and a boosted framerate. Rainbow Cotton is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Rainbow Cotton review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by ININ Games.

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