A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The penguins exemplify teamwork. Each has his own special role, and all four work incredibly well together.
Positive Role Models
The penguins are generally good-natured and helpful, but in this particular story, they are motivated by blackmail. They (or at least their leader) perform a slew of tasks so that a secret of his won't be revealed.
Ease of Play
Steering with the uDraw stylus takes some getting used to, but the controls work reasonably well overall.
Violence & Scariness
There's a wee bit of slapstick -- falling and crashing and the like -- plus a boss battle in which the villainous dolphin, Dr. Blowhole, gets zapped (without much damage) by lasers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! (Wii) is a comedic action game that requires the uDraw tablet controller (sold separately) in order to play. There's some very mild slapstick violence in the game, as well as some "yuck" humor (a penguin throwing up various items, etc.). There are also coloring pages to find and chance to creatively color them in.
Is It Any Good?
The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! (Wii) is an enjoyable puzzle-solving adventure with some humorous dialogue. With the exception of the hidden coloring pages, however, it feels like it could have been just as much fun if it were presented as a game with standard Wii controls. The uDraw controls feel layered on, rather than a natural fit for the game. But at least they don't detract from it. The game, which requires you to swap characters frequently and puzzle your way around various different obstacles, offers a good time either way.
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