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[Review] The Rainsdowne players – Nintendo Switch

Reviewed by @Brett_SevenDaze

  • Developer: Steve O’Gorman
  • Publisher:  Steve O’Gorman
  • Release Date:  07/02/2019
  • Price: £2.99 / $3.99
  • Review code provided by Steve O’Gorman

Welcome to Rainsdowne, players.

The Rainsdowne players is an RPG rhythm game that tells the story of 2 amateur actors trying to make it big on the wrong side of the river in the town of Rainsdowne. The 2 actors have acquired a rundown theatre where they will put on shows to entertain the local townsfolk. The citizens are not scared to show their opinions of the show either resulting in projectiles being launched at the stage from bottles to tomatoes and it is your job to duck and dive your way through the show to avoid contact. If the crowd loves your performance then you will be showered with roses and get paid for the performance, but if the audience are unable to connect with the story line or find it straight up garbage then that’s it, you are booed and bottled off stage with nothing to show for it.

Where Art Thou Card Collection

Before the show starts you can change the outcome of the play by choosing a card from each of the 5 categories. The categories are Subject, Location, Purpose, encounter and outcome. The more you explore and talk with the residents of Rainsdowne, the more cards you collect. There are 86 cards in total from ranging from magicians to volcanoes.


To progress with the story line you will need to impress individual characters in the audience by choosing certain categories and outcomes. To find out which cards will affect the Rainsdonian you will need to explore the town and interact with them. This is where the game shines as you will experience some wacky and hilarious dialogue like the discovery of the local watering hole named the Royal Flush, the proprietor is an octopus who renovated an old toilet block into the go-to place for entertainment.

Once you have collected enough cards you can then go to the backstage area of the theatre to look at the scrapbook to find out which citizen is interested in what show plot.

The main part of the game is the show itself, this introduces the rhythm style of game play that is popular in titles such as Deemo and Superbeat: Xonic. Unfortunately due to the simple controls this can get very boring and repetitive quickly feeling like a slog to do when trying to earn money.

The idea is to dodge projectiles being thrown at the stage by getting the actors to jump out the way, this is done by pressing left on the analog stick to move the left actor and right to move the right actor. If you are not in time and you keep getting hit, it will lead to you getting booed off stage and you will not get paid. If you are successful however and you manage to dodge most of the items, you will be welcomed with a standing ovation, roses at your feet and most importantly money.

Packed Full of Mini-Games

As you get acquainted with the residents of Rainsdowne you will start to learn their hobbies and passions which will unlock mini games from fishing to yoga. My personal favourite was firing cannons at snakes in boats to prevent them from destroying your castle, but again due to the simple controls and straightforward game play it can get pretty repetitive.

Conclusion

The Rainsdowne Players is a great title and for the price it will have you playing for many hours. If you can battle through the repetitive game play you are in for a treat. The storytelling is of a high standard and the dialogue is hilarious. The RPG aspect of the game is solid and makes the game well worth a play through on its own. I think the main game would have been more challenging and less monotonous if the developers could have incorporated the mechanics from the sword fighting mini game, as there was a lot more skill required rather than wiggling your analogue stick from left to right constantly. However, this is a small gripe in an otherwise engaging little title.

Verdict
A great RPG game that feels let down by the rhythm mechanics. For the price it is definitely worth a play.
4/5

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