Earlier this year, we took a look at Project Totem, a colorful new game from the creators of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Now, we’re happy to announce Project Totem’s launch date and its official name: Kalimba! Coming to the Xbox Games Store for $9.99, Kalimba will be available on December 17 for Xbox One and January 2015 on PC.
Press Play’s highly-anticipated puzzle platformer has players controlling animated totems on a quest to overthrow an evil shaman and reclaim the island of Kalimba for the Kalimbi people. The distinct look comes from the “trixelated” art style that uses triangles as the main influence. In addition to the unique art style of the world, puzzles, enemies and totems, Kalimba also offers both single player and couch co-op modes. Creative Director Asger Strandby calls it, “kind of a friendship tester – if you can play the game and high five more than you slap each other, you’re probably ready to get married.”
Originally conceived during the final development stages of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Asger Strandby and his brother Bo Strandby described working on the game as “a chance to be creative and test our new ideas,” while they were finding and fixing bugs with Max.
After showing an early prototype at an employee party, the studio drafted a small team to continue working on it in time for its debut at the Game Developers Conference. Since then, it’s also been shown this year at San Diego Comic-Con and PAX Prime, and the team has been working around the clock to make good on its promise of a 2014 release while also incorporating player feedback from those events into the final version.
Check out the latest info and assets here, and to sign up for an exclusive sneak peek of the game, please visit Press Play’s website.