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Rainbow Islands (Extra)

Rainbow Islands - The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (c) 1987 Taito.

Rainbow Islands is a sequel to the legendary "Bubble Bobble" - released a year earlier - and has attained the same legendary status as that of its illustrious predecessor. One or two players (who, unlike 'Bubble Bobble', no longer play simultaneously) take on the role of Bub and Bob who, after their success in Bubble Bobble, have now been returned to their original human form. The heroes have been asked to rescue the Rainbow Islands from the clutches of the various enemies who have overrun the islands. Bob and Bob are each armed with the ability to create rainbows; an ingenious game-play device that acts as both a weapon (to either kill an enemy instantly, or an enemy then collapse the rainbow onto it, this is essential for collecting bonus gems, (see 'Tips and Tricks' for details) and as a platform that allows the players to reach previously inaccessible parts of the level as they race to reach the top of the island before the game's tight time limit expires.

A number of power-ups are available to the players; including multiple rainbows (up to a maximum of three), faster generating rainbows, speed-up shoes and temporary invulnerability. Rainbow Islands is famous for its multitude of hidden secrets, see 'Tips and Tricks' for details.

Rainbow Islands consists of seven levels, each with four rounds. Holding down the jump button will allow the player to jump onto rainbows without crushing them.


Board number : K1100277A

Prom stickers : B22

Main CPU : 68000, Z80

Sound Chips : YM2151

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick

Buttons : 2


The main characters are Bub and Bob, the protagonists of "Bubble Bobble". However, in this game they appear in human forms, as opposed to the dinosaurs of the first game. In single-player mode, only Bub is present.

The fifth island, DOH Island, is a homage to the game "Arkanoid", also by Taito. This level plays as any other, but the enemies are the same as encountered in "Arkanoid", and the platforms are designed from colored blocks. Also, the music is absent and the player's jumping sound resembles the sound of the ball hitting the bat in "Arkanoid". Losing the final life in this island also results in the Game Over music from "Arkanoid" instead of the usual Rainbow Islands music. The boss on DOH Island is DOH himself, the boss of "Arkanoid".

The game soundtrack features a brief excerpt from 'Somewhere over the Rainbow', which has meant that later ports of the game have different music, as the license expired some time ago.

An extra version of this game was released in 1988 (Game ID : B39, see Updates section for more info).

A bootleg of this game called "Jumping" was released in 1989.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (The Ninja Warriors : G.S.M. Taito 1 - D28B0001) on 21/06/1988.


The extra version has the exact same game-play as the original but the stages and bosses appear in a different order.


* One of Rainbow Island's most infamous and difficult-to-achieve bonuses is that of collecting one of each of the colored gems (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and mauve). Gems are awarded when a player collapses a rainbow onto certain enemies and the color of the gem awarded is dictated by WHERE on the screen the enemy is when it's killed. The screen is split into several invisible vertical 'bands' of color; when a gem falls, its color is determined by the 'color' of the area into which it fell. Now all you have to do is gauge carefully where the dead enemy will fall to create the gem color of your choice.

* Title Screen Cheats : These codes can be typed in at the title screen (while the rainbow is cycling through its colors). They are given to you in the secret rooms and give you the effect of the item in that room if you use them. When you put your coin in, an item should appear in the bottom left corner, depending on which cheat you used. This not only awards you the life and Bonus Gem, it also grants you access to a magical secret room. When you reach the end of the level, a silver door appears. You DON'T have to fight the Boss.

Permanent fast running - Rainbow, Left, Right, Rainbow, Jump, Start, Rainbow, Jump

Permanent double rainbows - Right, Jump, Start, Rainbow, Jump, Start, Rainbow, Right

Permanent fast rainbows - Start(x3), Left(x2), Right(x2), Start

Hint A, The riddle of the silver door - Rainbow, Jump, Rainbow, Jump, Rainbow, Jump, Right, Start

Hint B, The secret of the big diamonds - Left, Jump, Left, Start, Left, Rainbow, Left, Start

Hint C, The riddle of the 3 mirrors - Start, Jump, Rainbow, Left, Right, Jump, Start, Right

Continue after fifth Island - Left, Rainbow, Start, Jump, Right, Left, Jump, Left

All hidden items are money bags (10000 pts) - Right(x2), Left(x2), Rainbow(x2), Jump, Start

Both above two - Right(x4), Start, Rainbow, Start, Jump

10m points - Start, Right, Rainbow, Jump, Start, Left, Start, Rainbow

* Better Bonus : Make sure the second to last 2 digits of your score are the same when you reach 'goal in', this will make the chest contain a better bonus item (eg. : reach goal in with a score of xxxx11x).


1. Bubble Bobble (1986)

2. Rainbow Islands - The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (1987)

3. Final Bubble Bobble (1988, Sega Master System)

4. Parasol Stars - The Story of Bubble Bobble III (1991, NEC PC-Engine)

5. Bubble Bobble Part 2 (1993, Nintendo Famicom)

6. Bubble Bobble II (1994)

7. Bubble Memories - The Story of Bubble Bobble III (1996)

8. Rainbow Islands - Putty's Party (2000, Bandai Wonderswan)

9. Bubble Bobble Revolution (2005, Nintendo DS)

10. New Rainbow Islands (2005, Nintendo DS)

11. Bubble Bobble Evolution (2006, Sony PSP)

12. Bubble Bobble Double Shot (2007, Nintendo DS)


Software : Ichiro Fujisue (I.F), Kouju Miki (K.M), Tatsuji Okuno (T.O)

Hardware : Takashi Ohara (OHR)

Character designers : Fukio Mitsuji (MTJ), Taira Sanuki (T.S)

Sound : Hisayoshi Ogura (OGR)

Instraction : Naoko Yoshida (N.Y)

Story and game designer : Fukio Mitsuji (MTJ)


* Consoles :

Sega Mega Drive (1990)

Nintendo Famicom (1991) : Japanese release by Taito.

Nintendo NES (1991) : Europe and U.S. release by Ocean, more technically accomplished conversion than the Taito one.

Sega Master System (1993)

NEC PC-Engine CD (1993)

Sega Saturn (1996, "Bubble Bobble featuring Rainbow Islands")

Sony PlayStation (1996, "Bubble Bobble featuring Rainbow Island")

Nintendo Game Boy Color : 2001

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 1") (Japan only)

FM Towns Marty ("Rainbow Islands Extra")

* Computers :

Atari ST (1987)

Commodore C64 (1989)

Amstrad CPC (1989)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990)

Commodore Amiga (1990)

PC [MS Windows] (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)