Tembo the Badass Elephant Impressions
Game Freak and SEGA partner up once again to give platforming fans a new IP to sink their teeth into and they do not disappoint. Tembo the Badass Elephant is nothing like their last partnership on the SEGA Genesis. Tembo can run, jump, slide, butt slam, and uppercut his way through levels and the better you play the more it feels like an endless runner. You can slow down the pace by walking instead of dashing around as well. It’s not very fun when you do though since the fun comes from stringing together all of Tembos abilities to get to the end of the level. As excited as I was to hear both companies working together on a new platformer, I have to say that I am underwhelmed by Tembo to an extent. Some polish is clearly absent in the gameplay mechanics as the game doesn’t string the badass elephant’s moves together too great. The game play can feel awkward at times, especially when you’re being bombarded by tons of enemy soldiers with guns, flamethrowers, and bombs.
The story isn’t very well thought out. It’s not really important, but the comic book style cutscenes are a joy to watch because of how ridiculous the concept of a badass commando elephant saving the world is. The game’s weird concept complements the graphics to make it seem like a Saturday morning cartoon. Looking like 90’s animation, this is one of the best-looking downloadable games I have come across. Sadly, the game’s musical score is forgettable. Although probably intentional, the title screen sounds more like a generic militarized tune from an 80’s action flick.
As fun as the game can be, Tembo does have some noticeable setbacks. Playing the demo before purchase is encouraged as the game is not for every fan of platformers. However, if you’re looking for a good time waster this is a definite recommendation until the big AAA titles begin to release in September.