Goldenstory Rainbow Destiny
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Requires MegaZeux 2.84 or newer.
Goldenstory Rainbow Destiny
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nooodl  said:
Last modified 2012-05-19 07:10:20
NOTE: This review was written for version 1.0 and may be outdated.
Wonderful action-packed eMF-style top-down adventure game.

+ Fitting graphical style with great color use
+ Good level design
+ Nice home-made music
+ Well-paced gameplay
- Cameo-heavy: dialogue, while humorous, might be weird for community outsiders.
- The cliché story kinda sucks
Lachesis  said:
Last modified 2012-01-17 21:29:49
NOTE: This review was written for version 1.0 and may be outdated.
This is one of the most frustrating titles of 2010, and not because it's a bad game. Goldenstory Rainbow Destiny is a potential masterpiece with a few minor shortcomings that stop it from getting 5 stars.

First, I'd like to highlight the good things about this game, though in fact nearly every aspect is great. The music is pretty much perfect, and the level graphics serve their purpose well, with very nice, subtle (THIS IS IMPORTANT) gradient patterns and terrain that can be heavily affected by the player (compared to other MZX games at least, this isn't any Voxelstein 3D). The palette changes throughout the day and transitions very smoothly. The particle effects are utterly astounding, and I'd say they're on or close to the same level that Lancer-X's particle effects are usually at.

The weapons heavily utilize the game's particle system and are probably the main pull of the game. The player's weapons are a fairly basic machine gun, a slow but pretty effective flamethrower, a poison cannon that explodes into little flak particles, and an ice gun that you get rather late in the game that can freeze paths across water and eventually lava. Certain enemies are immune to certain the weapons and it's fun to figure out what can be killed with what.

Killing enemies yields you coins that you can invest in Lancer-X's bank, where your money will grow interest over time. Banking is important to making a lot of money in this game, as your wallet is small and you will get money FAST, especially in the snow fields. You can withdraw as much as you need wherever there is an ATM. Enemies respawn after you leave an area, and the enemy progression is great -- the game starts fairly simple but by the end the game feels really challenging.

Note that these positives really do make up almost the entire game. Now, for the things I didn't like:

- You move WAY too fast on ice.
- How do you get the coins after you kill enemies? They just appear in your pocket, this doesn't make any sens
- There's no ATM in the snowy town, which is where you'll need to spend the most money to upgrade the ice gun to the point where it will work on lava. Fortunately, the snow field enemies give out tons of money so it's not a huge problem.
- Boring cliche cameo story. You could have made it a LITTLE deeper, but then again, this game was supposed to be a homage to the Emo Maggot Freak series so I suppose it did its job well. The ending left me with a huge question mark over my head, not because I didn't get it, but because it left half of the party on a cliffhanger note that could have been continued with more gameplay and the other half going "Duhhhh," I guess it just really felt like CJA got sick of making the game at this point and threw in whatever ending he came up with
- I couldn't figure out what Lachesis was supposed to do during boss fights
- Speaking of boss fights, the third boss fight and the final boss fight are complete pushovers -- especially the third, where I just let my teammates defeat the enemy -- and all of the bosses are kinda boring formulaic 1x1 robot-style boss fights. Props to the three boss fights that didn't completely suck, but I would have liked more variety here.
- I wish the game was longer.

Well, that's about all I've got to say about this game. It's great, play it! Just remember that many parts of it are very well-polished and these outshine the aspects listed above. If everything shined that well this game would easily net a 5/5.