Tembo the Badass Elephant

9 Overall Score
Audio: 9/10
Game play: 9/10
Graphics: 9/10

Controls | Graphics

Some level design

Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Sega
Console: Playstation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Steam
Release: July 21st 2015

I first heard about this game the day before it was launched on twitter from Playstationpstweet
My first thought was “Wha?” because the words Game Freak and Playstation just don’t mix in my head. But as it turns out yes this is the Game Freak that develop the Pokemon games making a game to be published by Sega for all the current gen non-Nintendo consoles. It feels like everything I know is wrong, what is anything anymore?

But that’s enough existential crises for one review, you came here to read what I think about the game. I think it’s great because I’m a sucker for a 2-d side scrolling platformer.

You play as Tembo who is a Badass Elephant on her journey to liberate the island nation of Shell City form a paramilitary force know as Phantom. When Phantom attacks Shell City the National Guard is unable to stop them so the commander calls in the help of Tembo, an old war buddy, to save civilians and smash Phantom.

The game is divided into 4 zones, each with 4 stages and a bss fight except for the last zone which only has 2 stages and a boss fight for a total of 18 stages all together. In each stage there are 10 civilians to save and a number of Phantom troops and structures to destroy with the ultimate goal of getting to the end of the stage. Destroying Phantom will increase your overall score which will be needed to unlock the Phantom Dome in each zone. If you save all the civilians and beat all of Phantom in a stage then you earn a medal for each. Also throughout each stage are peanuts that Tembo collects, 300 peanuts gives you 1 jar of peanut butter that act as extra lives which Tembo eats like Popeye eats spinach.

Aside from just walking an jumping (standard platformer stuff) Tembo also has a dash, slide kick, trunk uppercut, dive bomb, ground pound and flutter jump to stay in the air a bit longer. Being an elephant she can also shoot water from her trunk which can be combined with the dash for an aqua dash.

Level design is essentially linear, there are a few times that the path branches off and you have to decide which way to rescue the civilian and which leads to a point of no return where you just have to continue on and play the level again if you want to save everyone.

The art design is mostly 2-D comic style with some 3-D enemies and bosses thrown in.

All in all I enjoyed Tembo the Badass Elephant




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