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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 10 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 is a running and jumping game where you play a character who can create rainbows to traverse levels and attack enemies. The game followed up Taito's hit Bubble Bobble from the previous year. As well as sharing the protagonists, the game matches the original's novel play style -- only here is was rainbows rather than bubbles that are the weapon of choice.

The game is set in a series of ten islands, each with a different theme. To complete an island you must ascend up through four levels. You are chased by a rising tide of water, which will kill you if it catches up.

You use your rainbows as weapons, makeshift platforms, and item collectors. When jumped on, they fall down, hitting enemies below them. You can collect a wide range of power-ups as you progress. Also, the location of downed enemies determines the colour of diamonds they release. You can also jump on rainbows in different areas of the level to reveal the hidden treasure that steadily rises in value the more you collect without dying.

Rainbow Island fits into the series as follows:
  • Bubble Bobble (1986)
  • Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (1987)
  • Parasol Stars (1991) TurboGrafx-16, NES, Amiga, Atari ST, and Game Boy.
  • Bubble Bobble Plus! (2009) Wii and Xbox 360
  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (2019) Remake on Nintendo Switch including original game.
  • Bubble Bobble (Arcade Archives) (2016) on Switch, PlayStation 4

The result is a simple platform game that requires a considerable amount of skill. Combine the use of rainbows to attack, traverse and reveal secrets and there is a lot to learn. On top of this there are the layers of power-ups, diamonds and other secrets that makes this a great game for families to explore together.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 2009

Platforms: PS2 and Xbox

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal)

Developer: Taito (@Taito)




Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play two players but not at the same time. Each player takes it in turn and competes for the high score.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Rainbow Islands Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Taito) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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