TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT Reviews

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