Rainbow Rage from Big Potato Games is a fairly simple party game which requires players to be observant and incredibly quick. However, depending on your familiarity with everyone’s favourite Spring-time phenomenon, you’ll either love or hate Rainbow Rage.
Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Orange and Purple and Blueeee! We’ve all heard that song at some point in our lives, heck, many of us were brought up with the song as a way of remembering all the colours of the rainbow. However, unless you were paying attention in science class, you may be unaware or at least unfamiliar with the correct colour spectrum of the rainbow.
That’s right kids, the song may be correct in a general sense, but not in the correct spectrum of the mysterious colour phenomenon, which unfortunately for some may be their downfall when it comes to Rainbow Rage.
So what’s involved? In Rainbow Rage players are tasked with the challenge of spotting the difference in a series of rainbow cards. When a difference is spotted, they’re then required to quickly grab a column of tokens which represents the colour that’s in the wrong order. To win, players must collect tokens that match all the colours of the rainbow. Simple right?
The game offers two sets of rainbow cards, the first is an Easy set which has just two colours in the incorrect spot. When you spot those incorrect colours, you grab the corresponding stick of tokens before other players. The Hard set is the opposite, just two colours are in the correct spots, and you’re tasked with grabbing the tokens based on those two colours. For an added challenge you can shuffle the two sets together.
However, things get even more complex when you realise that the little ditty I wrote at the beginning isn’t the order in which the colours are represented. Instead they follow the scientific spectrum of ROYGBIV, or Red, Orange, Yelow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. While you’re encouraged to have the game box, which has the correct sequence on the front, nearby as a reference it’s still very difficult for people unfamiliar with that spectrum to find any enjoyment in the game if they’re used to the nursery school song.
I blame the UK education system.
This of course brings in the other rule of Rainbow Rage: incorrect grabs. If you’re a little too quick off the mark and grab the wrong colour, or the wrong colours, you lose one or two tokens if you have any to lose. Now, one more way of winning is by spotting one of the few complete rainbows. When these come up, you shout “RAINBOW” to earn a coloured token of your choice. If this is an incorrect guess, you lose everything.
Rainbow Rage can be played with any number of players from two to six or even more, though the more players, the more hectic it’ll be to grab the correct colour stick. What’s more, the more limbs that are flying about, the increased chance of panic induced injury, which is always fun.
The joy in this game however is how incredibly simple it is to set up and begin playing, the quality of both the box that it comes in, the cards themselves, and even the plastic LEGO-like tokens, is also impressive. Familiarity with the colour spectrum aside, Rainbow Rage is a thoroughly enjoyable game, especially if you’re one of the few familiar with the ROYGBIV spectrum, and definitely one I’ll be bringing out during one of our family game nights.