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Sneak Peak: Kalimba (Video Game Preview)

By : Amanda Dyar on Monday, November 24, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Monday, November 24, 2014

BioGamer Girl recently had the opportunity to get a sneak peak at Press Play's upcoming title, Kalimba, for the Xbox One. In this exclusive peak at the game, we got to try out the first eight levels of single-player mode and the first five of the co-op levels. When the game releases, fans will be able to venture across 24 single player and 10 co-op levels. Read on to see what we thought!

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.

In Kalimba players control little pieces of the totem in a platform adventure were they must sync their movements on both the top and bottom screen to progress through the game. In co-op mode, gameplay is much simpler with a friend to help out, but players in single-player mode can find it a bit of a challenge. Kalimba features trixelated art with everything being built around the shape of the triangle which gives the game a very unique look. The game centers around collecting a select number of pickups to calculate your final score which is then subtracted from the number of times you died.

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.

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Skyforge Shows Off Berserker Class With New Trailer

Obsidian Entertainment introduces players to a new class in Skyforge with Berserker trailer. Read on.

Obsidian Entertainment has revealed the ruthless Berserker class in Skyforge with a brutal new trailer. Wielding a two-handed chainsword (a combination of a sword and chainsaw), the Berserker is fearless warrior that rushes headlong into the battle, carving down several enemies with each blow. The Berserker channels rage from combat to power abilities that allow him to jump massive distances to bring the fight to his opponents, and once there, he has the ability to slow, stun and knock back enemies to control the flow of battle. The Berserker is a terrifying presence on the battlefield and is the class for players that enjoy up-close-and-personal battles and carnage.

To learn more, visit the official Skyforge website.

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Ultimate Robot Fighting Coming To Mobile Devices On December 18

Reliance Games has announced that Ultimate Robot Fighting will be available for Android and iOS devices next month. The game will allow players to take control of 45 deadly machines, nearly 250 challenges and much more. Are you ready for Ultimate Robot Fighting on your mobile devices? Read on.

From the Press Release
Reliance Games, the global mobile publishing and development company, today introduced a new breed of action game with the reveal of Ultimate Robot Fighting, a single-player, 3v3-style tag-team brawler coming to iOS and Android platforms next month. Set in a future where sentient AIs have muscled out human controllers from competition in the world’s most popular sport, robotic arena combat, Ultimate Robot Fighting gives players the power to end their dominance. 45 of the deadliest battle machines are available to command, each built for all-out mechanized fisticuffs across dozens of distinctive fighting styles. Intuitive gesture controls bring a natural, easy feel to every strike, combo and finisher, which will be essential for making scrap of the nearly 250 challenges – including boss fights –in game.

Ultimate Robot Fighting comes alive on tablets and smartphones with high-resolution 3D graphics, stylistic cel-shaded visuals and a powerful suite of lighting, bloom and particle effects. Nine real-world-inspired environments play host to the action with a real-time day/night cycle. The full experience also includes engaging progression and achievement systems. The battle begins when Ultimate Robot Fighting arrives on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch on December 4 and Google Play for Android devices on December 18. For more information on this title and others from Reliance Games, please visit

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Activision Reveals Winterfest Lob-Star and Details for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Activision has announced that a special character will be joining Skylanders Trap Team on December 7th with Winterfest Lob-Star. On top of this exciting news, fans will be able to see Eruptor in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. Read on to learn more.

From the Press Release
It's officially the holiday season in the world of Skylands! To celebrate, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is spreading cheer by debuting a special holiday Skylanders® Trap Team character, Winterfest Lob-Star, on December 7 to Portal Masters in North America. Also, Skylanders® players in North America can get their hands on the fourth Eon's Elite character, Whirlwind, another fan-favorite character that made her debut in Skylanders® Spyro's Adventure. Winterfest Lob-Star and Eon's Elite Whirlwind are examples of a variety of Skylanders-themed holiday offerings perfect for Skylanders fans looking for the best stocking stuffers this gift giving season.

On Thanksgiving Day, Skylanders fans can look to the skies as Eruptor makes his first flight in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Eruptor will join the prestigious ranks of balloons soaring above the streets of New York City for the landmark cultural holiday event. Portal Masters can check out behind-the-scenes footage of Eruptor prepping for the parade on the Skylanders YouTube channel, SkylandersGame.

Lastly, Skylanders merchandise from Activision's network of licensing partners offers something for everyone this holiday season, including:

  • FunPlay HideAway Play Sets - This holiday, the popular FunPlay HideAway play sets from PowerA, which enable fans to store and play with their favorite toys, now includes Dr. Krankcase's Lair. A range of FunPlay HideAway sets are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $9.99-$99.99.
  • Construction Sets - Fans can look forward to Skylanders-themed construction sets from MEGA Brands, which let players build and battle in their favorite levels from the Skylanders franchise. The all-new Cut Throat Carnival construction set will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 at Toys"R"Us, WalMart and Amazon.
  • Micro Comic Fun Packs - Skylanders Micro Comic Fun Packs from IDW Publishing feature three distinctive Legendary storylines and three exclusively-designed Legendary Traps that can be used to capture the most notorious villains in Skylanders Trap Team. The Legendary Skylanders Micro Comic Fun Packs and Trap are available exclusively at Toys"R"Us for a suggested retail price of $9.99. Additional Micro Comic Fun Packs are available at Gamestop and Amazon for a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • A-Z Box Set - The Skylanders A-Z box set from Penguin includes two never-before-published books: the full-color, 192-page A to Z of Skylands, and Pick Your Portal: The Trouble with Doubles. A sheet of stickers and a build-your-own Skylander paper model are also included. The Skylanders A-Z box set is available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $16.99.

Skylanders Trap Team is playable with more than 175 unique toys from all previous games, and every character is able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium™ Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections. The game is available on the following platforms: Nintendo's Wii™ system and Nintendo's Wii U™ system; a variety of iPads®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems from Sony; all for the suggested retail price of $74.99. A different adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system for the suggested retail price of $64.99.

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