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Samba De Amigo (Dreamcast)

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ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
Educational
87
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall MobyScore (20 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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100
The Video Game Critic
There are plenty of upbeat tunes, but you'll need to unlock most of them. The graphics feature cartoon characters dancing, but you really won't even notice them because they don't affect the gameplay. There are several play modes including a challenge mode, a party mode, a couple mode, and a battle mode. This game is an experience to be had, but only if you can find the controllers.
100
All Game Guide
Samba de Amigo is that rare game which transcends the normal boundaries of genre conformity. There's nothing else like it out there, and only the most crotchety of gamers will find something to dislike. In short, it's more than worth the effort and expense to seek out this wonderful game, and more importantly, a pair of Maraca controllers.
100
Game Vortex
While Samba de Amigo isn’t perfect, it’s truly innovative, which more than makes up for the tiny shortcomings that it has. While Japan has seen its fare share of equipment-driven games, this is the first to hit American homes, and it’s a damned fine game. Anyone who ever has friends over, who wants to try something truly different, or who likes music should pick this title up, along with at least one set of maracas. It’s an investment, but it’s a rock-solid one. You’ll be shakin’ the night away in no time.
96
Sega Collectors Guild
Not only is Samba De Amigo the best music game ever created, it is the best party game ever created. Sonic Team did everything right in this original and fresh masterpiece. This is a game that everyone can and will enjoy and if you want a classic that you can pull out at parties for years to come do yourself a favor and pick up this game and two sets of maracas (the giant yellow boxes they come in are worth the price themselves). You won't regret it. These scores assume you are playing with the maracas controllers, otherwise the game loses most of its appeal. I can't stress that enough: if you don't have two sets of Sega's original maracas controllers and at least a couple of friends, the game won't be fun for long. It's a completely different game without the maracas---the difference between masterpiece and mediocrity.
95
SegaFan.com
Un juego imprescindible para todos aquellos que tengan una Dreamcast, ya que dentro de unos años, cuando por tecnología ya no se utilice esta consola, podrán desenpolvarla para montar una fiestecita en casa y hacer que tus invitados pierdan la vergüenza y bailen mientras hacen sonar las maracas, el espectáculo y las risas están garantizadas. Así que coged las maracas y... Maaaacarenaa aaaaahhh!!!!
95
IGN
I know money doesn't grow on trees, but you can't put a price on brilliance, kids. I don't care of you have to skip out on a couple other games this Fall. If you want something fresh, something new...go buy this game. It is the most refreshing experience I have had on my Dreamcast since I bought it last Winter, and is as much fun today as it was when I first played the arcade version nearly a year ago. Congratulations, Sega. You may not sell too many copies, but you've made gaming a better hobby for the lucky individuals who choose to give your latest a shot.
95
Gaming Target
Well, as you can see, Samba de Amigo is one hell of a package. With tons of replay value, a kicking soundtrack, graphics that rival Jet Grind Radio artistically, and just an overall sense of craziness, this game is definitely one of Sonic Team’s best yet. If you can find a pair of maracas, I would highly recommend it for anyone who likes having fun.
93
neXGam
Mit Samba de Amigo ist dem Sonic Team wieder mal ein großer Wurf gelungen. Selten konnte ein Spiel Groß und Klein gleichermaßen begeistern. Die Musik kennt jeder und ist perfekt auf die Bewegungen mit den Maracas abgestimmt. Ein Meisterwerk, das nur noch von seinem Nachfolger Samba de Amigo 2000 geschlagen werden kann...
90
SEGA-Portal.de
Crazy Taxi, Space Channel 5, Jet Set Radio und nun Samba de Amigo. Die Welle an innovativen Top-Titeln seitens Sega nahm 2000 kein Ende. Und auch hier geht das ungewöhnliche Konzept wieder voll auf und überzeugt mal wieder durch Spitzen-Technik, Benutzerfreundlichkeit (obwohl ein bisschen Einarbeitungszeit nötig ist) und Genialität! Auch wenn es später zu schwer wird, ist es doch zeitlos und kann immer wieder (auf angemessenem Schwierigkeitsgrad) gedaddelt werden. Besonders auf Partys ist dieses Spiel der absolute Kracher, da man sich selbst als Zuschauer vor Lachen kaum noch halten kann. Ganz klar eines der freakigsten Spiele auf diesem Erdball, nur wegen der Big Box und der limitierter Auflage mit 300DM ein echter Luxus für den normalen Zocker!
90
VicioJuegos.com
Como apunte final comentar que actualmente el juego es una pieza de coleccionismo y alcanza precios estratosféricos en los mercadillos de segunda mano, sobretodo el pack completo (caja, juego, maracas y alfombrilla).
90
Defunct Games
This is one of those games that is easy to explain to someone, but it’s very hard to get the point across of how much actual fun it is. "You wave your arms around and shake the maracas at different heights as indicated by the blue balls on the screen. No, it’s not that kind of game. It’s really fun because you mess-up a lot. No we aren’t going to make fun of you, but we will be laughing at you. Don’t worry, you’ll be laughing at yourself as well. It doesn’t matter if you think you’ll look stupid, you will look stupid, but it doesn’t matter."
90
GameSpot
Samba De Amigo is one of the best music and rhythm games released thus far, and it's the first such game to hit the United States, making it an excellent entry into the world of music peripherals.
87
4Players.de
"Samba de Amigo" ist ein geniales Musikspiel. Die Songs, die einzigartigen Controller, der Rhythmus und die lustige Grafik verbinden sich zu einem außergewöhnlichen Spielerlebnis. [...] Zwar wird man sich in den ersten Minuten bescheuert vorkommen, rasselnd vor dem Fernseher zu hampeln, aber nach wenigen Minuten hat einen das Sambafieber gepackt und man kann nicht mehr aufhören. Nur sehr unmusikalischen Zeitgenossen und Leuten, die diese Musikrichtung hassen, rate ich von dem Titel ab. Alle anderen sollten sich ernsthaft überlegen, "Samba" trotz seines hohen Anschaffungspreises [...] zu erwerben. [...] Spaßiger als ein Hometrainer ist das in jedem Fall. Findet man noch einen Freund mit einem zweiten Controller-Set, wird es zum Partyspiel schlechthin. Was Sega hier wieder zusammen mit dem Sonic-Team auf die Beine gestellt hat, ist absolut erstklassig. Keine andere Firma als Sega bringt derzeit solche Videospielperlen auf den Markt und hat dazu solche abgedrehten Ideen.
85
HappyPuppy
The game is most fun when a group of people play together. It sure as hell beats playing Parcheesi.
83
Gaming Age
Not everyone may have rhythm or be able to really dance, but that shouldn't stop a single person from at least giving Samba a try. After a few successful games, you will feel like a confident maraca shakin' fool. If you have a few dollars to spare and want a fun addictive game for you, and all your friends and family to play, you can't go wrong with Samba De Amigo.
80
Spel för Alla
Att spela Samba kanske inte håller i längden, och det kanske inte är prisvärt. Men det är så hysteriskt roligt att även om man bara spelar under några helger så är det värt varenda krona. I en ofta likriktad och uttjatad spelvärld kan man inte annat än älska Sonic Team för ett spel som Samba de Amigo.
80
GamePro (US)
Overall, Samba De Amigo is a fun diversion, but it's not particularly deep. There are a number of game modes to keep you busy, and it's definitely a fun party game, but to get the best experience, you'll have to shell out for the expensive maracas, and for many gamers, it just won't be worth it.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Au final, Samba De Amigo s'avère un titre tout à fait réussi et particulièrement délirant. On lui reprochera principalement sa trop faible diffusion ainsi que le coût probablement quelque peu démesuré de l'équipement adéquat pour en tirer le meilleur. Quoi qu'il en soit voici un soft véritablement original et amusant qui parvient à se faire pardonner bien vite de ses défauts même s'il ne reste accessible qu'à une minorité de joueurs.
80
Planet Dreamcast
Samba De Amigo (with the maracas controllers) is one of the most original games out there. It's got a broad appeal, and it's perfect for getting groups of people together for a good time. A high price point and a lack of depth hurt the game, however -- unless you've got a lot of people handy, it's probably not worth the investment. It's a must-have if you bust your Dreamcast out at parties, but not a must-have for everyone's collection.
79
Gamezilla
The main downside to Samba De Amigo is the cost -- getting the game and the required controllers will run over $100 and that’s just for a single player. If you want to try the two player modes you’re looking at close to $200. But despite the cost this is a game that you’re sure to enjoy with a group of friends. I found myself liking it despite my preconceptions and played a lot more than I thought I would. So grab your maracas and start shaking.
75
Game Informer Magazine
The mix of 16-Latin flavored tunes including "Livin' la Vida Loca", "Tubthumping" and "Macarena" is positively embarrassing now, but even the best rhythm gamers will find plenty of challenge in the hard difficulty. Party mode and a few minigames help shake things up, and basically guarantee that you look like an idiot to any spectators. Then again, people said the same thing about plastic guitars.
75
Game Revolution
Let's face it - this game is meant to be played with maracas. It can be played with the controller, but that's absolutley no fun at all. Without the maracas, this game turns into a bad version of Parappa the Rapper. A REALLY bad version. So if you were about to throw a few Benjamins into ye ole fireplace, stop what you're doing and go get Samba de Amigo with two sets of maracas. All others may want to wait until they have a chance to schmooze off their rich buddy.
70
Super Play
Jag har en svag känsla av att samma sak gäller hela det här spelet. Egentligen räcker det med ett par omgångar i arkadhallen. Men det är så pass kul att man verkligen kan roa sig med det hemma också. Bästa tipset är väl att man går ihop ett gäng kompisar och turas om att ha det, och förgyller fester med heltokiga maracas-sessions.