A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A warthog makes a pass at Gloria the Hippo.
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Products & Purchases
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
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.
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.
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