Madagascar -- Join the Circus!

App review by
Cynthia Chiong, Common Sense Media
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Big-top sim enjoyable but slow unless you spend real money.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Madagascar -- Join the Circus! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

There is a little bit of an intro that requires reading skills to help players get started. However, the app would benefit from a bit more instruction as players explore the different parts of the circus, such as how to play Marty's Striped Cannonball Act, or tips that tell players they have to "make" products to earn more tickets.

Violence & Scariness

In Marty's Striped Cannonball Act, Marty is repeatedly shot out of a cannon -- but no harm comes to him.

Sexy Stuff

In this build-a-circus game, kids can speed up the game by making purchases with real money. The overall theme of the game is to sell tickets and products, and some of the products are "sponsored" such as the Dole food cart. Finally, this app promotes the Madagascar 3 movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Parent Written bySid1912 September 7, 2012

Don't download this game!

Rubbish when you are at a high level they keep wiping out rewards and levels to achieve without warning! They don't like negative reviews as that's w... Continue reading

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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!

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Hobbies: building
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 5, 2012
  • Category: Family Games
  • Size: 40.50 MB
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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