Vibri is the main protagonist of the 1999 rhythm game Vib-Ribbon, developed by NanaOn-Sha (who also did PaRappa The Rapper and Um Jammer Lammy). She's a vectorgraphic rabbit with a wireframe-like rendering who wanders around the titular dimension avoiding obstacles, singing and even running at very high speed depending on a song's tempo (the higher the tempo is, the faster Vibri will run).
Why She Rocks
- Vibri has a very unique and simple design which is reminiscent of early computer graphics back in the 1970s.
- She can take alot of punishment after getting injured nine times each before degrading into a frog or even a worm (which works like some sort of a life meter).
- If the player manages to avoid enough obstacles, Vibri will envolve into a fairy princess.
- She has a very charismatic personality and doesn't give up if the player fails a stage. (Except in a certain Game Over screen where she'll break down in tears)
- Vibri is so cute that she can easily rival against PaRappa The Rapper and Lammy The Lamb (from other but more well known NanaOn-Sha works). Even the YouTube user Jim "Caddicarus" Caddick praised her adorableness when reviewing the 1999 game.
- If the player beats a stage, Vibri will sing and count the final score thanks to the text-to-speech program implemented into the game.
- While the sequel wasn't well recieved, Vibri finally made her re-appearance after her five-year absence. But this time, she has a pink glow around her white outline which is very unexpected yet decent touch.
- While she does speak both Japanese and English, some of her voice lines are nothing but gibberish. Also, her text-to-speech voice can be pretty annoying to some players, including her scream when she gets injured.
- Vibri's facial expressions can be quite jarring and also her eyes don't blink and look "permanently frozen" except in the Tutorial, Results and Game Over screens. Also, when she evolves into a fairy princess, for some reason, her ears are gone!
- She has very little character development despite her uniqueness.