Recent indie developer turned Microsoft first-party studio Press Play has a new game that just released for PC called Kalimba which was already released on Xbox One back in December of 2014. Xbox One owners shouldn’t feel left out though, because they get free DLC, and what could be better than that? Well, a lot of things, but still free DLC is amazing and unfortunately a very rare occurrence in the industry these days.
Kalimba is a uniquely fun platform puzzler that lets players take control of totem heads, in order to find the other missing pieces of your totem pole.
As you start the game you’re welcomed by a talking bear going by the name of Hoebear wearing clothes that gets you up to speed on the story and what you’re trying to accomplish. He is the narrator of the game and gives you a brief narration at the start of each level.
My initial thoughts on Kalimba were that it seemed simple enough. There are two totems, one green and one purple, and they are both vertically aligned. It’s as if you are playing split screen, but in this game you’re actually controlling both characters. It’s a little disorienting at first, but once you get the hang of it, which won’t take long, you’ll be a lean, mean, totem pole machine.
Kalimba also has co-op that is pretty simple, but also incredibly fun. Gameplay was basically the same. This time around you and your co-op partner have four totems rather than two. One player controls his totems and the other player controls their totems as the two, or is it four, of you run around levels that are comparable to the main campaign. I don’t know if the levels are longer, or if they just felt longer because of all the trial and error we had to go through to figure out how to master co-op.
If you’re a fan of puzzle platformers you should definitely check out Kalimba on either Xbox One or PC, you’ll be glad you did. I had loads of fun with this game on the Xbox One when it released in December 2014, and I can’t wait to try out the free DLC.