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Kal­imba’s story is min­i­mal, of­fer­ing about as much setup as the early Mario games. But that pu­rity is tar­nished by nar­ra­tor-cum-chal­lenge-room mer­chant Hoe­bear The Metabear. He’s gam­ing’s Jar Jar Binks: an in­tended source of comic re­lief whose heavy-handed joke falls flat from the off and is then re­peated ad nauseam. At least you can usu­ally skip his fourth­wall-break­ing pat­ter, though since he pref­aces ev­ery level, you might still be sick of his hexag­o­nal mug by the end.

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