TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT
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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.
Tembo stumbles at times, but its overall charm, and moments of rhythmic zen keep it fun throughout.
A few flaws short of a modern platforming classic, but although Tembo isn't perfect he is exactly as badass as promised.
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
Tembo's big action setpieces prove the old adage that great things come in small packages.
Tembo the Badass Elephant is a surprising new direction for Game Freak that pays off
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.
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.
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.
Try it if you have found modern platforming games to be too "soft."