TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT

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TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

43%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 22, 2015

Not being able to live up to such lofty rivals is no great shame, of course. Tembo is simply a very pretty, and pretty good, game, albeit one that never quite lives up to its early promise. That alone makes it the best platformer that Sega has released in years, and for that Game Freak deserves our thanks.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 24, 2015

Try it if you have found modern platforming games to be too "soft."

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Scored Reviews

GameSkinny
Jul 21, 2015

If you are looking for a satisfying and whacky 2.5D platformer, this is a great game to pick up.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 24, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a platformer that only comes once in a while, making it an experience that no gamer can afford to miss. Game Freak takes a break from their Pokemon duties to show everyone that they're no one trick pony and that Pulseman was no accident.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2015

2D side-scrollers certainly aren't at the top of everyone's favourite genre. But a fun, new approach, a fantastic concept and beautiful design might well see Tembo become a mascot for the future.

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VideoTime
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2016

Tembo: The Badass Elephant is a very fun game, visually beautiful and with well designed controls, whose main attenuating is the short duration of it. But if you leave that aside, you certainly find a very entertaining and even addictive package. If you're a fan of old school platform games, do not forget to try it, I consider it the best of the genre in a long time. Play it, you will not regret it.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2015

Tembo The Badass Elephant is a high quality, gorgeous, fun, and challenging 2D platformer that I'm happy to recommend.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant has a set of interesting ideas and manages to create a cool contrast between the protagonist and the feats that he manages to accomplish, but the full potential of the title is never realized by the team at Game Freak.

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High-Def Digest
Jul 22, 2015

'Tembo The Badass Elephant' might have a few niggling issues with a short campaign and some difficult to reach requirements to access new stages, but all and all the title stands as solid as an elephant. It's a blast to play, smashing through enemies and exploring all of the levels, and is worth the time of anyone that enjoys platformers. It's by no means perfect, but this collaboration ended with both Sega and Game Freak on top.

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TrueAchievements
Aug 1, 2015

If what you want is a fun and simple platformer, then look no further than Tembo. The whole game has a fun, nostalgic feel to it from start to finish, and the civilians and phantom enemies as collectibles give you a reason to go back and play the levels again. The game is never too easy or too hard, but, at the same time, it doesn't really challenge you too much in any way. For the price, Tembo the Badass Elephant definitely gives you your money's worth in a short but enjoyable experience. If you don't take it too seriously, then there is a lot of enjoyment to be had here, because an elephant never forgets - to have fun and be a Badass!

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a really enjoyable game at its core, but it can get tiring to replay the same stage five times over just to grind out a few kills to see the next set of levels. It's an odd design choice for sure, but most of you will probably enjoy dashing through unsuspecting Phantom Soldiers and butt stomping them into oblivion regardless.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a surprising new direction for Game Freak that pays off

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PCMag
Isaac Rouse

Top Critic

Aug 18, 2015

Despite some annoying gameplay elements, Tembo the Badass Elephant is a wonderful mash-up of some of the best 2D action-adventure platformers ever released.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

A platformer in the mould of the Sonic-games of old, and as such, well worth your time and money.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

From out of nowhere, Game Freak has surprised everyone with a fun platformer that is not only inspired from the classics such as Sonic, Mario, Yoshi, and more, but manages to combine them in new and refreshing ways. Tembo has attitude, but unlike Sonic, he doesn't speak. He can jump and stomp enemies, but unlike Mario, Tembo doesn't die in a measly one or two hits. Tembo can also hover for a few moments and ground pound, but unlike Yoshi, he doesn't look like a child's play toy while doing so. These things and more make Tembo one badass elephant indeed.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 29, 2015

Tembo's big action setpieces prove the old adage that great things come in small packages.

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GameTrailers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

Tembo: The Badass Elephant may be a bit short and straightforward, but the gameplay is solid and the destruction is satisfying. Game Freak has played to their strengths and designed a character that feels immediately iconic. We hope to see more from Tembo in the future as this powerful pachyderm is popping with potential.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2015

I did like the game, and were it longer, I would have no trouble rating it higher. The short experience is the one thing that I feel holds the game back, but the overall experience is certainly worthy of a play through. I find it easy to recommend this title.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 27, 2015

The cell-shaded graphics are beautiful, and the soundtrack and sound effects are notably pleasing to the ears

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

A strange hybrid of Donkey Kong and Sonic the Hedgehog, Game Freak once again proves that they can do so much more than Pocket Monsters.

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PSX Extreme
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a goodhearted, challenging platformer where speed and rhythm sit at the forefront of the gameplay experience. It's really about getting into that great groove, where enemies are going "poof" every second and Tembo is in absolutely no danger 'cuz you've got him down cold. There are a few shortcomings but none of them should keep the intrigued from giving Tembo a go.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

A rock solid foundation for a new platforming franchise, Tembo the Elephant is exhilarating when it's at its best, but its heavy challenge and need to repeat levels can be frustrating.

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant has an awesome name, and the game play to match. The only drawback is the archaic progression system. Those looking for a quick romp with hints of masochism for perfect runs should definitely check it out. The charm and pitch-perfect game play are more than worth the price of admission.

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Video Chums
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2015

In the end, Tembo the Badass Elephant is an enjoyable 2D platformer that's satisfying enough to warrant at least one playthrough.

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Gamestyle
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 4, 2015

Overall­ not quite a ton of fun but still bananas. Just don't tell Donkey Kong.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 20, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant's ride may be a very short one, but it is undeniably a high quality romp. The game has very high highs with very few low points and not a single bit of filler or wasted moments. Tembo can almost be too lean by being so utterly focused in upping the challenge, though. The design and aesthetics are 100% on the mark and it is curious that Game Freak doesn't do more original titles like this as often, since it is clearly very good at it. Game Freak is so much more than just Pokémon and Tembo the Badass Elephant proves it.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 31, 2015

Infused with excellent level design blended with all the good ideas from the 16bit greats of Donkey Kong Country, Yoshi's Island and Sonic the Hedgehog, Tembo the Badass Elephant is spoilt by the bizarre decision to force collectable progression in a game that feels based on travelling fast and hard, along with its reliance on one-stick-commands-all control scheme. Even so, anyone looking to spend an entertaining afternoon with a good platform game should dig their tusks into a jar of Tembo the Badass Elephant.

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2015

Overall, Tembo feels like a badass-tribute to Sonic the Hedgehog. It should have taken a few more pages out of the Blue Blur's playbook though in order to create a more complete experience that honored Sonic's legacy with consistent gameplay that focused on its strengths rather than constantly shining a spotlight on its weaknesses.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jul 28, 2015

Despite some of its more questionable gameplay choices, however, excellent presentation combined with tight controls make Tembo a terrific start for what hopefully ends up being a new franchise. If you're itching for some classic 2D platforming in the vein of the old Sonic games and yearn for a new "badass" character, Tembo hits all the right spots.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2015

Tembo stumbles at times, but its overall charm, and moments of rhythmic zen keep it fun throughout.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2015

Though there are a couple of interesting gameplay twists, Tembo the Badass Elephant is largely a no-frills nod to old-school platformers – for better or worse

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TrustedReviews
Jul 30, 2015

Tembo's style, pace and emphasis on mass destruction sets it apart from other 2D platformers, and it's almost an elephantine four tonnes of fun. While the need to replay levels to harvest points can transform it into a grind, this badass pachyderm's infectious energy gives him irresistible force.

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Pure Xbox
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 19, 2015

If you're interested in enlisting with a pachyderm that throws himself around like an acrobatic anvil, arm your trunk and charge full speed ahead – Tembo the Badass Elephant has brought the ruckus to Xbox One.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 20, 2015

A few flaws short of a modern platforming classic, but although Tembo isn't perfect he is exactly as badass as promised.

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Pixel Dynamo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

Solid gameplay and a charming art style make Tembo a good platformer, but poor replay value.

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2015

It's fun to furiously trumpet and get to smashin' stuff as Tembo for a while, but before too long you're reduced to hoping he makes his way over to a better sequel – or possibly the Virtua Fighter roster.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 19, 2015

Tembo could have been great, but sadly it's a game in which you're made to crawl over the line instead of gloriously smash through it.

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Dealspwn
Jul 22, 2015

The controls and the way they unpredictably unleash the wrong moves at the worst possible time really disrupt Tembo's platforming gameplay. Pair this with a no-mercy difficulty and you have a frustrating mess that could have been so much more.

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6 / 10
Aug 2, 2015

Tembo the Elephant starts strong. It seems peppy and fun, with a protagonist you can't help liking. Then, it shifts gears. That change in tactics takes something that stands out and feels unique and makes it feel more like others in its ilk. It's the last thing it needed, since so many of Tembo's moves are shared with other heroes. It's entertaining enough, but doesn't quite define itself as one of the greats.

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IBTimes UK
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

Regular jarring difficulty spikes sap the joy from this otherwise colourful and inventive platformer.

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games(TM)
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 6, 2015

A nice concept let down by predictable design

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Guardian
Aug 10, 2015

That retro approach is Tembo's greatest strength – and weakness. While levels are impressively designed, and the task of defeating every enemy soldier and finding each citizen adds a satisfying challenge, it also feels like a remix of titles you'll have already played. Fantastic animation and great visual humour provide saving graces.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 20, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant is made even more frustrating by the fact that it doesn't flat out suck. There's a solid sidescroller in here, but Game Freak's taken it in the wrong direction. This should have been an adventure all about momentum, but it does everything within its power to pump the brakes. Give this wide load a wide berth – it's made itself irrelephant.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 20, 2015

Tembo the Badass Elephant could have been so much more than what is offered. SEGA seemed to be searching for a successor to Sonic with Tembo but at the same time wanted to get a piece of the market for particularly hard games, forgetting to make it fair at the same time. It is an incredibly nice looking and sounding game, and when everything falls into place Tembo is a joy to play, but these instances are rare. The poor control scheme mixed with stupidly hard late levels, which almost caused me to destroy my controller, take major points away from what could have been a promising game.

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TechRaptor
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2015

A good idea, nice art style and mix of ideas, absolutely terrible gameplay.

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