Kolibri (video game)
|Mode(s)||Single player, 2-player cooperative|
Kolibri is a shooting game created exclusively for the Sega 32X, the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis add-on console. It was designed by Ed Annunziata and developed by Novotrade (now known as Appaloosa), the creators of Ecco the Dolphin. Kolibri is the word or root word for hummingbird in several European languages.
Long ago, a crystal from outer space embedded itself in the earth and started creating life. Soon another similar crystal crashed to earth and started to destroy what the first crystal had created and started to sap away its strength. Before being totally destroyed the crystal gave a lone hummingbird its power. It is up to this hummingbird to save the earth.
The game offers numerous power-ups for the player's kolibri. Each one follows different patterns. Some are spread shots and others will home in on an enemy. This game also features a good number of puzzles which grow increasingly difficult with each level.
Electronic Gaming Monthly praised the game's impressive visuals and originality, but highly criticized how the game restarts the player character in a highly vulnerable position each time it dies, and gave it a score of 7/10. GamePro concurred that the visuals are impressive, but was not convinced of the game's originality, remaking that "Although the concept is unique, the gameplay and FunFactor are standard." They also commented that the power-ups look weak, needing to manually turn the bird around to shoot enemies behind him is cumbersome and frustrating, and the bird often gets lost in the backgrounds. They concluded, "Kolibri isn't awful, just average. You'd expect more from the 32X—something more along the lines of Gradius or R-Type." Sega Saturn Magazine gave the game a 78%, commenting "Large and complex, Kolibri offers value for money, but a certain dullness and insipidity accompanies it."