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The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play



Fully stocked app with games, stories, video, and art.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

All parts of the app (read-along stories and games) are simple to use and should be fine for young kids. We did experience a crash once during testing of the app.

Violence & scariness

There's a bit of slapstick, like a penguin being launched out of a slingshot and hitting a wall (instead of flying over it). That particular scene is depicted in full-motion video.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

There are multiple references to one character's "big booty."


The app is a tie-in to the animated series, The Penguins of Madagascar. The stories within are based on episodes of the series and contain video clips from those cartoons.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play is a fully-stocked app that comes with two read-along stories, a read-along joke book, and several mini-games. The stories, while cute, are based on episodes of the Penguins TV show, though. They also feature several full-motion video clips from the series. Also, be aware that there are instances of mildly crude humor, including several references to a male character's "big booty."

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The read-along stories in THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR: READ & PLAY may be adaptations of TV cartoon episodes, but they're still fun -- and beautifully presented in an easy-to-use format. The mini-games section, which includes mazes, coloring pages, scene-building "sticker" sets, and a do-it-yourself kaleidoscope, feels like enough to be an app unto itself. When you add the two full-length storybooks to it, there's no denying this is a well-stocked package. The joke book leaves a bit to be desired (though kids will likely laugh at it even if their parents are groaning), but that's only one small part of this otherwise quite good app.

App details

Release date:November 10, 2010
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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