Monday, November 24, 2014
The Kalimba start screen gave us the first taste of the game's bright colors and rhythmic soundtrack. Our spiritual journey started out with an introduction from Hoebear the Metabear who tells us a little about the backstory for the game. The basic rundown is that a shaman woman was tasked with watching over a tall totem pole on Kalimba island. The trixelated characters lived in perfect harmony until the arrival of a dark shaman who scattered the good shaman's totems all over the island. Now the player must help regain the totem pieces for the Kalimbis to once again restore harmony. End of story! Now it is time to get down to the gameplay.
Gameplay in Kalimba is very straightforward meaning you must learn how to control and sync up your two individual totems in order to get past certain environmental objects like annons, loor locks, uffs, and color-coded gauntlets. The puzzles can get very challenging and mind-boggling while still offering up an overall enjoyable experience. Inviting a friend to play in co-op mode will definitely help you get through some of the more complex levels were you can solve puzzles together.
In the end, Kalmiba was a very intriguing and unique puzzle platformer. The bright visuals and excellent soundtrack only complimented the intensely enjoyable gameplay that unfolded throughout the title's many levels. While most of Kalmiba is trial and error, which means you can expect to die a few times before figuring out some of the puzzles, there seemed to be something strangely satisfying to finally getting to the end of each level. Nothing feels like more of an achievement then to see your little totems dance to your Nappyowl handsome totem score! To learn more, visit the official Press Play website.