Madagascar -- Join the Circus!

 
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Learning(i)

Big-top sim enjoyable but slow unless you spend real money.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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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?

QUALITY
 

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
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

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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 when they wipe stuff out! Freezes without warning and scores get lost. Not happy with the game and keeps interruting other things you are accessing / watching! Constantly trying to make you spend money to get different levels achieved! Really disappointed with this.

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