The gameplay is interesting as it’s clearly been inspired by side scrollers of the past. Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Slug, Donkey Kong Country and Yoshi’s island. This is especially evident in how Tembo controls. He has a plethora of moves and abilities. Tembo can dash forward that destroys anything in his way, a down smash, a wrecking ball sort of thing, an uppercut attack, a floaty jump similar to Yoshi.
My favorite thing about this game are the visuals. The voiceless cut-scenes were all hand drawn and this moves into the gameplay as well. Everything is cell shaded and most of the things look hand drawn as well. Even though the game is a military based idea, it is very colorful. Different enemies will have a different color pallet based on their ability. This is actually vital to how you decide to attack a scenario. With the games short length, the amount of different enemies is really diverse. Giving the player a new obstacle with each level is great and I commend them for the massive variety. The boss designs were also a lot of fun, even though only 4 exist.
The games difficulty ramps up so fast that I couldn’t keep up, I almost quit this game in the final level. Having a ton of enemies on screen that have no readable pattern makes for a very difficult time. There is a cap on lives, this confounds me, if I collect 300 peanuts, it needs to go past 7 lives. This is something that is a major over sight. I didn’t go too much into it above but the controls are so damn wonky at times. This all might be that I tap a button too many times and it’s all my fault, it might be that I played this on the Xbox One and the controller is too sensitive but I died far too many times from accidents.
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