Kolibri is tbe latest game for Sega's 32X adapter It feels and plays like an aerial Ecco the Dolphin. Continuing the nature theme, take the helm of a hummingbird as it tackles the perils of survival. Kolibri is one of the few shooters for the 32X. (Zaxxon Motherbase is the only other one that readily comes to mind.) Power-up your hummingbird by sucking pollen out of flowers or collecting bubbles that float in the air. It may disappoint the purists out there since it combines some puzzle elements to keep you from flying through each level. It's done is a subtle way, much like how Ecco wasn't a total action game. The puzzles detract from the game at times, with the objective not very clear. As a result, you might get frustrated with it. The game play of Kolibri is certainly complicated for one just picking up the game. Trying to maintain a set altitude is hard. There are many icons to be picked up, and determining what item is going to do what gets confusing. At times there isn't time to check what you pick up. A major pet peeve is that if you die, sometimes you'll come back in the line of enemy fire. Poof, instant death. That happens more often than you think. The levels are drawn really well, with the artist making good use of the 32X's color palettes. The same background foliage that makes up the first six or so levels does get boring after a while, though. While the later levels have different motifs, it gets monotonous with what seems like the same level over and over. The self-scrolling levels can be tedious as well. This one is a hard game to judge, if you didn't have the patience with Ecco, the odds are this game will get annoying. No bones about it, Kolibri looks good, but the game play seems inconsistent.
Kolibri seems like a sequel of sorts to Ecco the Dolphin. One look at the graphics and you can see the similarity. Like Ecco the control is not what you'd be used to for that type of game. Whereas the control was unique before, this new style of game play just seemed off. The music is very new age as well. If you liked Echo, this might be of some interest for you, but think of it as a game in the same vein rather than a sequel.
Kolibri will instantly bring to mind Sega's other nature-themed game, Ecco. While the visuals are beautiful to behold (lots of colors and detail), they get repetitive. Kolibri has a very unusual control scheme that is hard to get used to. Some of the levels have a puzzle that needs to be solved, but the player is left hanging as to what it is. Kolibri is part puzzler and part shooter. The action aspects lack precision: If you die, you can get caught in a loop of deaths. It's okay, but I just don't get it.
This one's a little hard to describe. It's a shooter-type game much like Gradius, but instead of being in control ot some futuristic aircraft, you lead the life of a small bird. This groundbreaking title was done by the same people who masterminded Ecco the Dolphin. The game plays somewhat like Ecco, except that the levels are much smaller. The controls for your feathered friend are very realistic and the graphics for the game look superb on the 32X. Very ingenious!
The first things that impressed me about the game were the dean graphics, the serene music and the calm atmosphere that surround this game. It reminded me of Ecco the Dolphin though it differs quite a bit (it's a shooter). Although the enemies and levels are unique (bullfrogs, bees, waterfalls, etc.), you can easily become frustrated. Once you continue after being killed, you reappear as a one-hit wonder and quickly get killed again. What's that all about?
Just when I thought there was nowhere left to go with a shooter, suddenly a hummingbird hops into play. Kolibri is filled with the best possible graphics of birds and insects I have ever seen. It controls fairly well, but the game needs work on the cheap deaths when restarting. Wind pressure is also a source of irritation since it forces you where you don't want be. There is no mistaking it; Kolibri is the first of a new trend in bird shooters. Wait, let's forget I even said that last statement.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Sega Genesis Screenshots
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