What parents need to know
No More Rainbows is a virtual reality game that mobilizes the player’s movements to propel the character into his environment. In No More Rainbows, the player embodies a monster whose territory is invaded by small, round and happy villagers. Unable to tolerate all this happiness, the monster wishes to get rid of the invaders and drive them out of its territory. The player must use his arms to move and perform jumps, and deploy his claws to attack the small, round and white villagers who explode into confetti when they are destroyed. It is a humorous platformer, in which the player embodies a villain and must cause damage to his environment and accumulate souls by destroying NPCs.
The more the player destroys and attacks, the more his gauge of violence fills up, until he reaches a kind of rage that literally ignites him. The main challenge lies in achieving the objectives without falling into the void (each level seems to “float”, so you have to be careful to avoid falling to the sides by jumping too far).
The contrast between the ugly monster and the villages full of rainbows and candy is comical and offers a visually stimulating experience. Between each level, the player is brought back to a central hub where he must accumulate the points of each level to unlock new ones, and ultimately face the boss before moving on to the next world, a principle reminiscent of many franchise platformers such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro. Challenges are to be repeated at each level, including a completion challenge (destroy all villagers and unicorn-shaped balloons) and a stopwatch challenge (reach the end of the level before a set time). It is possible to return to the levels in order to replay them and try your luck again at the challenges.
Level of experience required
There is violence (cartoon) and the opportunity to be cruel. There is no blood.
It’s really the opposite of a positive message, but it’s also what lets you unwind and makes you laugh, so it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
There is a trying but welcome technical challenge at the beginning.
There are online microtransactions for cosmetic items, but nothing more.
Local game modes
The story mode allows you to complete the levels and follow the progress of the story solo.
Online Game Modes
A 3V3 game mode is available online, where players can fight directly or compete in different types of mini-games in 12 different arenas. Players can earn cosmetic items to customize their character while playing online. Players can also compete with the timed challenge of each level in the story mode and rank among the fastest players locally. Note that the game supports cross-platform, so people who play with Steam VR can play with their friends who play on Meta Quest.
There are no extensions.
The game is visually appealing and colorful. On the movement side, the controls are somewhat reminiscent of those of Gorilla Tag : the player must use their arms to advance and propel themselves during jumps, and to attack. It’s imprecise and difficult to master: we often bump into walls and fall into the void at first. Nevertheless, we end up understanding quite quickly how to do it and we quickly become better. It’s honestly a nice way to let off steam, since the game still pushes us to work hard physically, especially for the timed challenge or to climb from one wall to another. The challenges have a good level of difficulty and are motivating, it makes you want to replay old levels to complete the objectives.
No More Rainbows is an adorable game that is great to unwind. It’s a great way to have fun and “let your crazy out” by playing a villain. The cartoon violence is comical, the villagers deflate like balloons and there is no blood. However, I do not recommend this game to children for two reasons. First, the player must be old enough to be able to play virtual reality safely, the headset must be properly worn to avoid injury. Secondly, even though the violence is very cartoony, the characters scream when attacked and clearly seem distressed or in pain, which detracts from the seemingly innocent character of the game. It is definitely possible to be more cruel than the progression of the game requires. If you start feeling sympathy for the villagers, the game becomes a little less fun. It is therefore necessary to have a bit of a dark sense of humour and a certain level of maturity to naively appreciate No More Rainbows without getting too attached to the small dumpling villagers. So I recommend the game to a teen audience and older.