Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 72
    While this is a spiritual sequel to Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands is a little less memorable and a little less charming. It's still a good time but it doesn't have the fan base that its prequel has and this XBLA release won't change that fact.
  2. A fun and slightly addictive arcade title but with little in the way of an update from the original there are far better arcade games waiting for you at the 800 MS price point.
  3. The graphics and soundtrack are very good, meeting the target audience perfectly.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    Somewhat unresponsive, sluggish controls. [Nov 2009, p.78]
  5. Towering Adventure comes close to reinvigorating the Rainbow Islands formula, but this platformer is still tough to recommend.
  6. An "update" of a classic that's only barely fun, and even then only for a little while. Stick with the original to get your rainbow-jumping jollies.
  7. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Not bad. [Issue#53, p.105]

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