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Samba De Amigo

by Sonic Team
Sega Dreamcast
Everyone
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews) 89 / 100


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  • Two-player action livens up the party!
  • Groove to a wide variety of popular Latin-themed songs.
  • Five different modes of gameplay and a variety of mini-games.

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  • ASIN: B00004WKKC
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,108 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Even those of us who have tin ears can make music with Latin America's musical rattle, the maraca. The idea in Samba de Amigo is to use visual cues to shake your maracas in time with the music's rhythm. Although that might sound easy, it's not. The visual cues prompt you more than just to shake them, but where to shake them, and in three levels between your head and your knees. In other words, think of Samba de Amigo as a cross between Dance Dance Revolution and semaphore. The game requires quick reflexes, great timing, and powerful concentration.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hahaha.... this... game... is... so... much... hahaha! November 20, 2000
I cannot stop laughing, this game is so much fun. All my friends are rolling on the floor laughing at themselves, but they keep playing because it is so much fun (and they are a tough crowd). Samba de Amigo is the *perfect* party game, because absolutely everyone comes over to see what is going on, and even the stiffest square will eventually give it a go. I can actually get my grandmother to play.
Samba de Amigo is a music game, in which you shake maracas to the beat of the music. You shake 'em high, you shake 'em low, you shake 'em fast, you shake 'em slow :) You strike funny poses at times, and the rythmns gets harder, but the fun never goes away. It's one of those simple things that makes you think "Why did anyone think of this before?"
ps - you absolutely must buy the maraca controllers to play this game if you want to enjoy it. Get 2 sets - after one party, you'll feel that you got your money's worth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total gaming pleasure January 10, 2001
By Mr Snap
I picked up Samba not thinking I'd enjoy it but boy was I wrong. Samba had me hooked instantly and the following day I went out bought the maracas. I must say the game is great with just the controller but it's totally fun with the maracas.
During a recent family party, I put the game on and had everyone doing the maracas in no time! People who never really played games before were having a blast!
Part of the fun of the game is trying to win new music by beating the "Challenge" mode which can be quite difficult. But it's worth it when you unlock new tunes to shake your maracas too! Even young gamers can have fun playing "Whack a mole" with the maracas. This game is pure genius.
Also, you can download tunes off of the Samba web site via your Dreamcast. Finally, a game for the masses and one that will turn you into a dancing fool!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN! FUN! FUN! ! ! February 26, 2001
Amazing. I have been wanting to buy this game for a while, and I had trouble finding a set of the maracas controllers. Finally this past weekend my wife and I bought the game along with 2 sets of controllers, and I have never had such an enjoyable 2-player gaming experience. The arcade mode is a blast, and there are several very amusing mini games as well (like whack-a-mole). This has got to be the best party game ever made. As a plus, it gets your whole body moving to the beat, think of it as an excersize routine and video game all in one! I actually worked up a sweat while playing it. Samba de Amigo is the most innovative console game I have ever seen, and it is a true testament to the amazing game designers at Sega. Anyone who loves to have fun should own this game with the maracas controllers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party of three November 21, 2000
I bought this game and since then my life is a party.... It all started when my mom found me dancin' and shaking the maracas. I told her it was easy and not like other games. She started playing. She started off terible, but soon she cault on. My dad came home and me and mom got him to join. After a little bit my mom cooked dinner and my dad went to read the news paper. I was tired. I started playing JET GRIND RADIO (the other greatest game in the world. THE END I hope you buy the maracas too. You need them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It made me buy a Dreamcast January 19, 2001
I have not wanted a video game machine since I was 7 and the Atari was all the rage, but playing this game at my brother's house FORCED me to buy a Dreamcast. How could you go wrong with Latin music, shaking maracas, and psychadelic graphics featuring a crazy monkey? It is not only a fun party game, but a great tool for teaching music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near the top of the music genre April 20, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I loves me some music games and I've got no problem with fessing up to that fact, although you'd better believe I'll always close the blinds before I lay down the dance pads and embark on a game of DDRMax in my living room. Pa Rappa the Rappa and Um Jammer Lammy (Lammy in particular) hooked me on the genre, and each installation / revision of the Dance Dance Revolution series has all but confirmed it. Along the way, I've become something of a self-proclaimed connoisseur of the genre, very similar to the way I'm sure a wino in a dirty alley somewhere considers himself an expert on the many varieties of Mad Dog 20/20. I've played some musically-themed games that I've really enjoyed, (Space Channel Five and Beatmania spring to mind) some I've despised (stay away from Pa Rappa 2 and Donkey Konga if you know what's good for you) and some I've had trouble forming the first opinion about, (Para Para Paradise and Cool Cool Toon... both released only in Japan, go figure!) but one thing they've all got in common is an almost desperate need to innovate. Whether it's a bizarre new controller, a different on-screen display, a new style of music or something totally out of left field, almost every game in the genre is trying to stand out from the pack by introducing a bizarre new method of gameplay. On one hand, it's refreshing to see such a drive for innovation, but on the other... well, let's just say it's incredibly difficult to jump from one game to another. There's a reason platformers are typically very easy to play, right out of the box, and it's because nearly every one of them functions exactly the same as its peers. One button jumps, the other attacks. Got it. The music gaming genre isn't known for allowing such luxuries.

Samba de Amigo is no different.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just make sure your maracas work.
What can I say, it's a classic and works smooth. It's fun dancing and singing, but you'll be rendered helpless if your maracas or sensor dont work, as was the case for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julien Medrek
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.. not that great
I read all these "great" reviews about Samba de amigo saying how fun it was. You want fun? Get a nintendo wii instead.. that's real fun. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by Eliza Thornberry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price, only 3 levels of play
This game is nice, but it is extremely short. There are only 3 stage arenas.

Stage 1 you are in a street parade.

Stage 2 you are in a movie studio. Read more
Published on December 14, 2004 by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN!
This game is a blast, highly addictive, very challenging. Fun with or without the maracas, so don't worry about those 80 bucks if uf don't wanna spend it. Read more
Published on December 28, 2001 by Sylo
5.0 out of 5 stars Samba de Amigo: Is it worth it?
In three easy letters, YES. As a FAN of all music genre games Sambe de Amigo is worth the price. If you are lucky enough as I was to find the rare Saga Maracas, GET THEM! Read more
Published on September 18, 2001 by Xander
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Game That Was Destained To Fail!
Samba de Amigo is, to say it best, one of the best games I played in the last 10 years, it was one of my favorite games of 2000, and it's one of the most addictive games I've EVER... Read more
Published on August 6, 2001 by Kevin T. Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, but a little expensive with maracas...
The maracas are an absolute necessity too.
And the worst part is, if you want it to be a party game, you need TWO sets of maracas. Read more
Published on February 11, 2001 by Olaf the Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth the price.
Okay... the game itself is cheap .... But you WILL need Maracas to have any kind of fun (2 sets recommended). In the end you will have spent ... Read more
Published on December 29, 2000 by David M. Rerecich
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest party game ever, but could have been even more.
Let's start with a negative: the price. .... Do not purchase it without two sets of maracas; they're the gimmicks that make this work.
Now a positive: Wow. Read more
Published on December 1, 2000 by Sapota
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