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De Mambo

Rating Summary

Based on 10 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

40%

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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJul 13, 2017

Developer: The Dangeorus Kitchen

Genres: Fighting, Platformer

De Mambo lets 1-4 players engage in Mambo Combat. Grab a Joy-Con and charge your measly one button and release at different times to do three different attacks! Knock your opponents off the screen and break the level however you decide (thanks to some flimsy architecture), to make your game marginally different each time you play. De Mambo is the first game by The Dangerous Kitchen, dedicated to all those who helped us reach this point. Features: One Button ActionEasy to learn, hard to master gameplay designed to use one action button and the Directional Buttons/Left Stick for movement. Local Mambo MultiplayerSmash your friends/enemies in this 2-4 player dance of destruction. Loser RailThe feature designed to give you a second chance, for those of you not good enough to win. Flimsy ArchitectureBreakable environment for reactive gameplay. Solo ModeA salivating, single-player gameplay extravaganza packed full of delicious gameplay variety. Survival ModeDon't let the invaders from space breach your personal space in this 1-4 player co-op mode where survival is the name of the game... Literally! Color AccessibilityEnhance player visibility, by editing a palette of player colors that best suit you. Downloadable ContentMore Mambo goodness coming soon...
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De Mambo - Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer! Out July 13th!

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7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A noble attempt to offer an alternative to Smash Bros., and although there are some mechanical issues the multiplayer is still plenty of fun regardless.

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De Mambo isn't the next big fighting game, nor did it deliver on all its promised content from its Kickstarter as it had been stated there would be a Zelda II-like campaign mode which isn't here, instead replaced by the short stage-based solo mode. That being said, I like De Mambo alright. It's a fun distraction to casually play with friends -- be they competitive or casual -- and will perhaps help hold us all over till a proper Smash Bros. releases on the Switch; much like how the developers waited for a 3DS version. This is one fun little dance.

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Overall, De Mambo nails down the unique factor for the game, but it does so without the basic building blocks required beforehand.

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De Mambo does exactly what it is meant to do by taking over your living room and providing you and your family or friends with utter chaos and fun. The core gameplay works a treat and its simplistic control method and ideology suit the game perfectly, resulting in a competitive title that is easy to learn, yet hard to master.For solo players, being unable to play what is essentially the heart of De Mambo in its main mode makes it impossible to justify a purchase. For people who want to grab some friends and have something to pass the time however, this is a suitable option, even if it maybe won't keep your attention for hundreds of rounds. The gameplay does eventually get repetitive, although great strides have been taken to ensure this doesn't happen too quickly and there is definitely much fun to be had here.

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