A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn the value of teamwork and how different characters with different skills and attributes can contribute to solving a problem. They also put their puzzle-solving and spatial recognition skills to the test through the series of levels and mini-games that must be completed. Madagascar 3: The Video Game's main focus is having fun, but the game stresses cooperation and provides ways for kids to solve puzzles together.
There is a strong emphasis on teamwork in this game. Players will play as one of several different animals at a time, and must switch between these animals in order to solve a variety of puzzles. The game can also be played cooperatively with two players, allowing each one to take a hand in completing the puzzles. While the storyline is somewhat disjointed and rushed at times, the sense of togetherness and teamwork is solid.
Positive Role Models
This game features all the heroic characters that fans of the Madagascar movie franchise have come to know and love -- Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Marty the Zebra, and more. These characters all come across as positive role models. They work together to solve problems, they are always there for one another, and they won't stop until they accomplish their goals. Their altruism and strong personalities shine through in this game.
Ease of Play
This game is very accessible. The bulk of the gameplay consists of players running around different environments, collecting items, and following prompts that appear on the screen. Even players who may have difficulty getting from point A to point B will be helped by the continuous flow of voice-over narration that helps guide them through each level. The mini-games that are interspersed between the platform-jumping levels of the game likewise require only very basic controls and reflexes. The game is driven by a story, and the gameplay mechanics serve mainly as a means of advancing the story rather than trying to stump or challenge players.
Violence & Scariness
There are occasional instances of whimsical violence in this game, such as cartoon animal control officers targeting the animals with batons and unintimidating bombs, but there is no depiction of anyone ever being harmed or injured.
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Products & Purchases
This game can be seen as a marketing tool for the movie Madagascar 3. Playing the game may also encourage children to want additional merchandise from the Madagascar franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madagascar 3: The Video Game is based on the movie Madagascar 3. The story is exactly the same, though it is told through terse sequences in between levels of gameplay. The game consists of a series of levels where players run through different European cities, collecting items and solving puzzles, and playing a variety of mini-games. The game is meant to be very accessible so that young Madagascar fans can appreciate it. There is some sense of peril in parts of the game where players have to avoid animal control officers, but other than that there is no objectionable content.
Is It Any Good?
Madagascar 3: The Video Game is designed to be enjoyable for little kids. There is no sense of "death" in the game. If players fail, they simply re-appear at an earlier point in the level. In addition, voice-over dialogue constantly provides help and guides players in the right direction. The addition of a two-player mode in which players can navigate the levels independently and help one another is a nice touch. The mini-games are also fun and help to break up the sometimes repetitive platform-jumping levels. Older players will likely find a lack of challenge in this game, but for the young target audience of the Madagascar franchise, the presence of familiar characters, the ease of play, and the varied gameplay will be an enjoyable experience.
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