Madagascar

Game review by
Matthew Pavao, Common Sense Media
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A fun -- but surprisingly challenging -- game.
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age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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Positive Messages

Teaches the importance of friends. There is also an underlying message about letting animals live free in the wild.

Ease of Play

Game is challenging to play for young players.

Violence & Scariness

Mostly harmless, but players have to fire, or are fired upon, by a tranquilizer gun. Also, a hungry lion hunts his friend.

Language
Consumerism

The whole game itself is based on the movie of the same name. Players can shop for products, like mini games and clothes for their characters

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the game -- while providing an important message about the value of friendship -- features one character hunting his friend and some cartoonish violence. Also, the gameplay is challenging and may frustrate young players who are newer to video games.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydaniellero April 9, 2008

Not happy with the undertones or language

I was appalled to see the "Cop" segment in which the object is to out run them or knock them down. The police (who are all white with mustaches) are a... Continue reading
Adult Written byMayra16SP April 9, 2008

Not Bad!

Saw the movie with my husband and my 4 yr old son. Loved the storyline and the effects. I kind of dozed off in a couple of scenes but my son liked the movie e... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2010

From Movie to Game, it Never Changes

This was a very easy game for me (coming from an expert). I absolutely loved this game, but the only problem was that it was too short. I would've loved mo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMERZOUK M.I March 2, 2014

GOOD FOR KIDS AGE 7

it's really good for eductation and friendship

What's it about?

MADAGASCAR follows the general plot of the movie. Four animals -- a fun-loving zebra (Marty), a pretentious lion (Alex), a sassy hippo (Gloria), and a neurotic giraffe (Melman) -- have escaped from the zoo. Players follow their adventures through New York City, aboard a steamer ship, and on to Madagascar as they band together to try to gain their freedom.

Playing as one of the characters, players will face many unique challenges. There is the daring escape from the zoo, past a hilarious "Crocodile Hunter" knock-off; a mutiny orchestrated by a group of penguins aboard a freighter; and several difficult stages trying to help fleeing lemurs on a desolate island.

Is it any good?

The game almost misses its core audience by being too difficult -- some stages require a lot of motor dexterity as well as a creative mind. Fortunately, the game comes with an unlimited number of lives, but younger players may get frustrated. The game also has some thematic intensity, which fans of the movie will remember. At one point, Alex has something of a nervous breakdown from not eating meat, and proceeds to try and hunt down one of his friends, Melman the giraffe.

The game has terrific graphics. The clarity of the scenes and brilliant colors really make scenes -- like one played through a waterfall -- aesthetically pleasing. If players can put up with the voice acting, they may get that being-in-the-movie feeling. Overall the game is solid, with intense graphics, an easy-to-follow storyline, and quick pace.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game helps promote the movie and other Madagascar products. Why are movies and the video games that are based on them released at the same time? What does the movie studio have to gain by making this game?

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For kids who love games based on movies

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