Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

 
Fun, well-paced homage to the movie.

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Positive messages

Playing as the penguins, you'll steal machine parts and other items from the humans.

Violence

Combat doesn't have a big role in the game, but there are still the occasional enemies to be dispatched. Examples include Melman headbashing moles, Alex roaring at birds to scatter them, squirrels being launched out of slingshots, fruits being launched at scorpions to clear them out of the way, and a penguin shooting candy out of its mouth to knock down humans. One mini-game involves repeatedly ramming a truck as you pursue it down the road.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game is based on the DreamWorks movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the movie of the same name. Kids can play as four of the main characters. Gameplay is quite varied, but a relatively small portion of it does involve combat, such as defeating lizards and scorpions, knocking down humans by spitting candy at them, and ramming your truck into another truck to get it to drop its cargo.

What's it about?

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA's storyline essentially follows that of the DreamWorks movie on which it's based. In it, the group of New York zoo animals who were marooned on the island of Madagascar in the first movie decide to return home by repairing their rickety airplane only to have it crash-land in the African savannah, which becomes their new stomping ground.

Players take turns controlling Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe in a variety of mini-games and challenges tied together by short running and jumping sections. There are dozens of different activities to perform, including running races and kicking soccer balls at targets with Marty, playing musical chairs and wall-climbing with Alex, swimming and diving with Gloria, or riding on rolling boulders and administering medicine to sick giraffes as Melman.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although none of the activities in the game would hold up particularly well on their own, as a collection they're great fun. A large part of the game's appeal is that the activities are all short and sweet, and don't drag on past the point of being fun. The ability for up to four people to play the mini-games together in the multiplayer Africa Arcade mode, as well as being able to spend coins in the Duty Free Shop to unlock character outfits and videos, just sweetens the package. The game is also an excellent homage to the movie, with cutscenes and voice-over dialogue that is sure to please fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who their favorite character was to play as, and why. Did you want to play this game because you saw the movie? What kind of challenges did the zoo animals from New York face when they met other wild animals of the same species for the first time.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 4, 1980
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bylovekind May 24, 2010
age 5+
 

fine for 5+

It was actually a very impressive game to play and I learned heaps.
What other families should know
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Kid, 11 years old June 11, 2010
age 8+
 
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Too much sex
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Parent Written byNitin Ranjan February 17, 2012
age 9+
 

If you liked the movie the you will also love this game for sure.

The graphics of the game is bright, colorful and tangy. It has fairly challenging levels for kids. The game length is fairly long to keep children hooked for weeks, but younger kids may find it difficult at times.
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