TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT
meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s badass, 100
Imagine a war elephant with the abilities and
attitude of Rambo. That’s Tembo and, as you’ve likely surmised by
now, he’s badass. Recalled to duty by the National Army after the
mysterious forces of PHANTOM invade Shell City, he’s a one pachyderm
fighting machine who’s more than willing to throw his considerable
weight around in the name of all that’s good and right and stuff.
Tembo the Badass Elephant is a classically styled platformer.
It’s Sonic the Hedgehog with a significantly
embiggened protagonist – and a bandana, natch. There are also nods
to the likes of Mario and Yoshi. It comes to us via Game Freak, who
are better known for their Pokémon games, and boasts their usual
slickness. There’s even a “gotta collect ’em all” vibe happening,
for as you rush headlong through myriad levels taking out PHANTOM
baddies and their equipment, you must also scarf peanuts, save captives and score
enough kills to unlock further levels.
That can be really
Also frustrating are the controls. Sure,
there’s a brief tutorial of the cumbersome combos as you commence
your tour, but make one slightly wrong move in the heat of speedy
battle and you’re peanu- erm, penalised. Some may say fair enough,
but when you’re sent way back to grind familiar ground after falling
through – yes, through - a platform once again, you may emit words
of a rather unsavoury nature. As you will when encountering boss
This is all a shame, for Tembo looks and sounds
faberoonie. Animation’s slick and there’s enough polish to keep
Patrick Stewart’s bonce glowing eternally. There just wasn’t enough
applied to the bolts and, well, nuts.
Instead of taking
inspiration from ever-reliable fellow elephant Horton’s work ethic,
somewhere Game Freak did a flibbertigibbety Maysie.