A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Madagascar -- Join the Circus! is a building simulation app in which players build a circus and play mini-games. The more kids build, the more tickets they earn to buy more to build. If they spend real money, they can build faster, with in-app purchases ranging from $.99 to $99.99. Kids can take a break from their circus management duties and waiting for the ticket stubs to stack up and play the one fun interactive game, Marty’s Striped Cannonball Act, which is similar to Pong. Overall, while this game is not as realistic as other sims in that kids won’t really learn the ins and outs of running a circus, it's a nice way to take part and continue the adventures from the movie, Madagascar 3. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, participation is optional, and players cannot take an active part in each other’s circus.
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What's it about?
In Madagascar -- Join the Circus!, kids can build a circus along with the characters from the movie series. As they build stores like Sonya’s Unicycles, they earn tickets that they can spend or save up. To hurry the building process, kids can purchase more tickets with real money. Kids can also play a game where Marty the Zebra is shot out of a cannon and they have to move the trampoline to catch him and then bounce him up to collect points. Meanwhile, the rest of the circus is busy at work while you play.
Is it any good?
Madagascar -- Join the Circus! is a fun way for kids to connect with their favorite characters from the Madagascar movies. However, the consumer nature of the app will trouble some parents, as in-app purchases will help speed things along, and will be tempting to young players. Kids also have to be able to read to play this on their own. Otherwise, it’s a simple, but addictive game where Alex the Lion and Gloria the Hippo continue to work even when you’re not playing, earning tickets for you!
For kids who love sims and apps with their favorite movie characters
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