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SEGA have been creating titles for the past ten or so years that have been normally met with a fairly tepid response, trying to utilize key mascots to try to achieve sales, in truth they have only had a few big hit games. With this being said though it seems when they try to work with other studios to create something a little different they normally come up trumps and provide us with a fairly fun and intriguing time to get our hands on, a few years back they made the very sonic-esq Hell Yeah! Wrath of the dead rabbit, and this year we see them back with another indie title, Tembo The Badass Elephant. So is this game any good or is it to join the other majority of games in Sega’s back catalogue that will be forgotten about. Gameplay – 8/10 This section is incoming, check back soon to read what we thought! Graphics 8/10 This section is incoming, check back soon to read what we thought! Sound 7/10 When it comes to sound design in games, especially smaller titles like this one It can be a little hard not to be too critical on the games, after all these types of titles are made on a tiny budget compared to boxed counterparts. The sound in this game though whilst a little bare is more then satisfactory, each level will offer up a different variation of a song. In keeping with the cartoony sound design the songs are normally quite up beat the more colorful levels tend to have the more vibrant and uplifting songs and the further you get into a stage to the boss fight the more the music seems to change to this dismal time to try to portray how bad things appear to have gotten. There is no voice acting in the game which is a shame, sure you play as an elephant, but when you are an elephant who understands orders from a military colonel it may have been nice to have somebody voice him and bring the game to life a little more, you will though get the occasional toot of Tembo’s trunk whilst you get the crash bang wallop of many bad guys being killed. Achievements 5/10 The title comes loaded with fifteen achievements for gamers to get their mitts on, these range from completing the first mission being the training mission to get you to grips with how the game operates. Sadly after this the list is a bit of a missed opportunity, it’s a little playing to you’re strengths and not experimenting. You will get natural progression achievements for defeating each worlds boss, but the other chunk of achievements comes from rescuing the hostages and killing all enemies within a level, if you can manage to find everything you will come away with all but two of the achievements in the game. The final two achievements are related to finding the peanuts in the game, if you get ten jars you get one achievement and if you can get a total which reaches ninety nine you will get the other. So much more could have been done with the achievements, killing enemies In various ways or performing actions, it just feels a little lackluster or uncared for especially compared to how fun the game is, I even hate to suggest it but maybe a few time based achievements could have proved worthy enough to pad out the barebones list. Summary Tembo is a pretty fun title, it reminded me a lot of old Sonic games apart from you can’t move anywhere near as fast nor are the levels made up of crazy elements, you get a bright and colorful platformer. The game isn’t exactly very deep but for the eighteen stages you get in the game this is more then worth a punt. The whole game will probably last you around four hours if you don’t try to achieve everything the game wants you to find, the boss battles aren’t too hard to figure out, for the price you are paying for this title you could buy far worse. If you are still on the fence then possibly purchase during a sale, and I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
 

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