Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. It's just a really strange, weird game that probably should have been redone with more care.
  2. 50
    An overly cutesy attempt at improving things that ends up throwing in weird things that were never really needed.
  3. Rainbow Islands Evolution is the perfect example of how not to remake a popular franchise.
  4. The whole time I was playing this game I was thinking of ways to destroy it.
  5. Absolute masochists might be able to sift through the pointless junk crudely glued onto the Rainbow Islands concept, and manage to find enough of the original's appeal to justify the time and expense but in a world where Taito Legends is readily available, offering the rather wonderful untouched arcade classic along with many others worthy of your attention for a fraction of the price, why would you even want to bother with this garish mockery?
  6. Rainbow Islands Evolution is a disappointment, and more of a devolution than its title would have you believe. It will likely only succeed in frustrating fans of the classic retro game, and confusing newcomers to the once joyous world of Bub and Bob.
  7. Everything's been needlessly fiddled with so that it no longer makes sense. [March 2007, p.120]

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