Mak­ing a trunk call for Tembo

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Tembo the Badass Ele­phant Xbox One, PS4

Vet­eran pub­lisher SEGA has teamed up with Game Freak – of Poke­mon fame – to make the sort of 1990s-style Sonic The Hedge­hog Mega Drive game it’s tried and failed to make for years.

Ex­cept it stars an ele­phant, not SEGA’s fa­mous spiky, speedy mas­cot.

With a small move set that makes a nod to­wards the Sonic games – you can per­form con­tin­u­ous dashes and curl up into a ball to at­tack, as well as spray­ing wa­ter from your trunk to clear ob­sta­cles – Tembo has some su­perb level de­sign.

Look­ing like an in­ter­ac­tive car­toon you pro­pel the pachy­derm through a var­ied, well-paced se­ries of plat­form chal­lenges, over 18 stages.

As a mod­ern take on the same games that dom­i­nated the 1990s scene, Tembo is a hoot, never for­get­ting its roots but trum­pet­ing its own tune too.

Go­ing old school Game has great level de­sign

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