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Rainbow Cotton is the 128 bit sequel to Panorama Cotton (Mega Drive). It's similar to Space Harrier with gorgeous, true 3D graphics and analog directional control. Most people will prefer digital directional control (including me), but it's not optional. At any rate, I'd recommend this game to fans of the series. Otherwise, try before you buy...
Rainbow Cotton ist ein gutes Spiel und stellt auf jeden Fall, auch auf Grund der nicht vorhandenen Sprachbarriere, einen interessanten Importkandidaten dar. Das Spiel lebt viel von seiner Atmosphäre. Die recht verhunzte Steuerung jedoch macht mal wieder überdeutlich klar, dass Shoot´em Ups doch eindeutig besser in zwei Dimensionen funktionieren. Alle mit Hang zu japanophilen Dreamcast-Titeln und Serienliebhaber schlagen zu, alle anderen sollten vor dem Kauf nach Möglichkeit Probe spielen oder auf einen der exzellenten SEGA Saturn Teile ausweichen.
These things don't save the game, unfortunately. There is, without question, some amount of good gaming to be found in Cotton, but the controls will frustrate initially, and anyone who gets far enough into the game will probably find themselves frustrated at not being able to ever realistically make an attempt at killing all the enemies. It's salvagable, though, and shooting fans everywhere would no doubt appreciate it if a US gaming company would take the game, implement a few quick fixes here and there (see Space Harrier and Panzer Dragoon for an example), and bring this game to us, fairies, witches, and big-eyed enemies in tow.
While the game may sport some impressive tech specs, Rainbow Cotton's core gameplay is so flawed that it leaves the overall experience in ruins. Even the most devoted Cotton fans will have a hard time embracing this edition. Try any of the other games and pass this one up.
And it's a shame, because the game really has an appealing look to it. Bright, hi-res, candy-colored environments and twisted enemies perpetually fill your eyes to overflowing, and there are some really great and off-the-wall bosses along the way. But as much as Rainbow Cotton begs to be liked, all the charm in the world can't save it from its severely tepid gameplay.