- Rainbow Billy: The Curse of Leviathan is a non-violent adventure RPG in which you’ll harness the power of friendship to recolor the world.
- Various accessibility features have also been implemented to make this game more inclusive for players through inclusivity.
- You can buy Rainbow billy for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S in the Xbox Store today.
It took a long time, but the entire ManaVoid team (myself included) loved it Rainbow Billy: The Curse of Leviathan is finally available on Xbox One. And since the last year or so has been particularly tough for most of us, we think there is no better time to release a nonviolent game that is all about acceptance, inclusivity, and compassion.
Saving the world from a giant monster by fighting enemies and recruiting party members is pretty well-known RPG territory. But in Rainbow billy, things play out a little differently … And not just because you’re bringing color back to a black and white world.
Instead of a total exchange of blows, in which you beat the filling of adorable cartoon crabs, “battles” play out like emotionally enigmatic heart-to-heart. Your goal is not to defeat your enemies, but rather to listen to their worries, choose the right words and bring color back to their hearts to befriend them. Plus, you don’t grind fights to level up: you offer moral support (and candy) to get to know your allies better and strengthen your bonds of friendship.
This decision to create compelling, nonviolent “confrontations” came from a decision we made as a team to differentiate ourselves from the vast majority of combat- or violence-oriented titles on the market. Also, it made a lot more sense that a story about accepting ourselves and others for who we are should be about empathy.
Likewise, we didn’t want this message of accepting others to sound hollow. We partnered with Skybound Games and the nonprofit RAD to make sure we can find a sweet spot between healthy cartoon hijinks and serious, accurate depictions of mental health issues, especially those related to characters with specific gender identities.
We wanted to extend these in-game themes of acceptance and inclusivity to our players as well, so a lot of the development revolved around making the game accessible to as many people as possible.
Our graphics team has paid special attention to designs, shaders and color palettes so that even color-blind players can feel the visual satisfaction of recoloring the world bit by bit! We have also taken special care in developing several customizable difficulty settings that do not reduce the strategic complexity of confrontations or puzzles.
Additionally, we’ve added a localization-wide dyslexia-friendly font option and tactical text boxes to make dialogues easier to follow! We’ve also made adjustments to more subtle elements, camera movements, animations, and respawn locations that make the game easier for everyone to learn and play!
If you’d like to learn more about these features, our Technical Director Alexis Lessard created a Twitter thread detailing some of our accessibility initiatives. You can check it out exactly here!
It was really heartwarming to see Rainbow billy resonated with players from all walks of life, and their support was critical in making the game what it is. I think I’m speaking for the entire team when I say I can wait for everyone to finally experience the same cuteness-overload squeaks and tear-flow moments as those who saw our demo!
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of Leviathan is available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. We hope it will fill your world with a little more color too!
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of Leviathan
HEROES COME IN ALL COLORS. Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a wholesome, creature-capturing, 2.5D adventure puzzle platformer with RPG elements. It’s a family-friendly and open-access adventure where you must save whimsical creatures by bringing color back to the world you once knew! Rainbow Billy tells a universal coming-of-age story about coping with changes in the world and accepting ourselves and the others around us! Sometimes it just takes conversation, empathy, and a new perspective to make a big difference. DISCOVER A WONDERFUL WORLD! From dark caves on secret islands to hidden coves in stormy seas, explore a rich world filled with treasure, fish (because every great game has a fishing mini-game!), Friendship and … danger! SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL PUZZLE! Each world is full of clever challenges and secrets that unlock new areas to explore! FRIENDS CURIOUS CREATURES! Meet over 60 strange, lovable creatures and help them with their problems in non-violent encounters! Create your own unique team to save the day! COLOR THE WORLD NEW! Bring color to a monochrome world and help your friends find the courage to be their true selves in a story about empathy and growth.