Rainbow Cotton

Review Peter Ward


Everyone’s favorite Willow-loving and broomstick-riding witch, Cotton, returns in 3D! We have teamed up with Success once again to bring you a global HD remaster of Rainbow Cotton digitally available on PC Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4/5, and Xbox One in Spring 2024. Originally released for SEGA Dreamcast in 2000, Rainbow Cotton is the 5th installment in the Cotton franchise. As a follow-up to Panorama Cotton, Rainbow Cotton is the first true 3D shooter entry in this widely celebrated cute ‘em up franchise.

Dive right into this 3D rail shooter as the young witch Cotton, accompanied by her trusty fairy friend, Silk. Lured by the promise of delicious Willow, help Cotton confront the wicked demon, Tweed, and his legions of followers who have stolen the Legendary Willow from the enchanting land of York Country. Hop on your broomstick and go to town in this wacky adventure!

Rainbow Cotton features exciting gameplay reminiscent of its predecessor, the classic game Panorama Cotton. The game takes you on an arcade-inspired journey through a fantastic world full of surprises and challenges. Every stage in Rainbow Cotton is guarded by peculiar bosses that puts your skills to the test. Collect power-ups, build up your flashy projectiles, and hurl them at colorful enemies. Use powerful magic attacks to clear the screen with fireballs and lightning. Only the most courageous (or stubborn, Willow-obsessed!) witches will prevail!

The charming 3D graphics will leave you mesmerized as you travel through, for example, a cozy moonlit town draped in Christmas lights, a mysterious sunken forest, and a magical castle above the clouds!

Feeling bewitched already?
🪄 Dedicated Retro Mode: replicating the original experience as closely as possible.

🪄 Enhanced controls: Revamped snap-back and lock-on features for a more engaging experience.

🪄 Full localization, including the anime cutscenes!

🪄 Graphic enhancements: Particle effects, Ambient Occlusion, and more.


I love a good shooter 2D and 3D and was excited to hear that an old Dreamcast 3D Shooter is being remastered for current Gen consoles. I did not play the back in the day so was not exactly know what to expect.

“Rainbow Cotton” is a delightful and captivating game that skillfully blends classic shoot ’em up gameplay with vibrant visuals and an enchanting musical score. Set in a whimsical world inhabited by adorable characters and imaginative landscapes, the game follows the adventures of Cotton, a young witch who embarks on a magical journey atop her broomstick.

The gameplay is exhilarating and engaging, as players navigate through waves of adversaries, unleashing magical attacks and collecting power-ups with finesse. The responsive controls ensure seamless maneuvering through the chaotic battles while skillfully evading enemy fire.

What truly distinguishes “Rainbow Cotton” is its breathtaking visual design. The environments are meticulously crafted, brimming with vivid colours and enchanting animations. Each level feels like an immersive journey through a captivating storybook world, replete with unexpected surprises and hidden treasures.

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