Clean and cartoony is the style of Tembo, and the game wears that aesthetic proudly. It looks like something you might see on a Saturday morning cartoon or in a particularly well-drawn comic book. The colors really pop, and there's a lot of variety in what's displayed, from enemies to friendlies. Tembo himself is kind of adorable; I dare you not to crack a smile each time you see the game over screen, which has the beaten-down pachyderm gulp down a jar of peanut butter before snapping back with an expression that is equal parts cute and vengeful. Wait, what?
Tembo the Badass Elephant is largely one of those games in which you won't really notice the sound design. It's functional, if not decent, but save for Tembo's ferocious trumpeting, you'll be hard pressed to remember any of it. I've been playing the game for several days in a row, yet I can barely remember any of the tracks. Sound effects, maybe, but not much else. So it's neither a mark for or against the game.