• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. 100
    Samba de Amigo is a seminal title amongst the Dreamcast’s mighty games catalogue, a game that truly stands out. The best music game there is.
  2. Daily Radar
    We know it sounds weird and wild, but trust us, once you see the game in action you'll almost understand why it has, at times, totally dominated not only the Daily Radar office, but that of our parent company Imagine media as a whole.
  3. Quite simply fantastic. The most universally appealing Dreamcast title yet.
  4. 100
    Like "Mario Party," " Bust-A-Groove," and even "Tetris" and assorted Tetris-clones, Samba De Amigo forces you to have a good time despite the fact that you don't want to caught dead shaking a pair of plastic maracas in front of your friends.
  5. Antagonist
    A brutally addictive, bizarrely entertaining game. I've never seen anything like it before, and it will haunt me for the rest of my days. But man, is it fun!
  6. Forget all that other FPS and Sports nonsense and just say a quick prayer to Sonic Team for delivering some Mexican mana from heaven.
  7. AllDreamcast
    Once you see this game in action, you'll be begging to try it yourself, and that's when you'll be hooked. It's as simple as that.
  8. Game Fan
    Good fun alone and an absolute riot in groups, you will have a tough time finding a music game that pleases like Sonic Team's colorful creation.
  9. 95
    A product that is so energetic, so imaginative, so enjoyable that one can't help but be a slave to the shake.
  10. Sega X
    Recent studies conducted by my crack team of scientists (*cough* The D-Spot Staff) show that it is physically impossible to not enjoy Samba De Amigo, no matter how good or bad you may be.
  11. Dreamcast HQ
    A simple, yet incredibly fun game.
  12. The graphics back up the audio perfectly, and the result is the best-looking music/rhythm game ever released.
  13. It's different, distinctive, looks great, and has an infectious soundtrack to match the addictive gameplay.
  14. What could've turned out disastrous is instead one of the most addictive and enjoyable dancing games to see release on US shores.
  15. Sonic Team has worked their magic and put together a highly original, extremely fun game that anyone can play.
  16. CNET Gamecenter
    It's a lot harder to get the full fruity experience that is Samba de Amigo without the maracas. Unfortunately, the maraca controllers -- which are sold separately -- will set gamers back 80 bucks a pair.
  17. It's a must-have if you bust your Dreamcast out at parties, but not a must-have for everyone's collection.
  18. The real star of this game is the music, and SOA has wisely licensed a truckload of popular latin songs (or very good covers) that would liven up any party.
  19. 80
    A fun diversion, but it's not particularly deep.
  20. Without the maracas, this game turns into a bad version of "Parappa the Rapper." A REALLY bad version.

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
#28 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jul 25, 2016
    Samba on the wii I would give a 7 but in metascore it would be 73. This one in metascore would be a 90. This game is close to perfect withSamba on the wii I would give a 7 but in metascore it would be 73. This one in metascore would be a 90. This game is close to perfect with great gameplay and replay value and much more. Full Review »
  2. Fighter17
    Dec 25, 2004
    Go Monkey go, shake that thing!
  3. JohnY.
    Oct 11, 2003
    An unbelievablely Incredible game. It will have you shaking your body all around, just make sure you have the maracas in your hands though :)