Parents' Guide to

The Penguins of Madagascar

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Goofy penguins star in a very smart strategy puzzler.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

don't bother

We took a group of kids to see this and the 8 year olds and older seemed fine with it, but most of the younger kids were disturbed by the fast-paced non-stop action scenes containing violence and mean words. I took two of the 6 year olds out of the movie when one started crying after the captured penguins (in jail) asked "are you going to kill us" and the villain responded with "i'm not going to kill you, what i'm going to do to you is WORSE than killing you." There were lots of explosions and fighting, along with non-stop mean banter. Not much redeeming in this one, at least for the younger crowd. The adults didn't think the story was worth watching either.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The strategic puzzle-solving format is a fantastic way to bring The Penguins of Madagascar into the video game world. It was a pleasantly unexpected choice on the part of the developers, and such a better one than if they'd simply given us a game about penguins waddling along and smacking enemies. Kids will really have to put on their thinking caps for these fun, brain-teasing levels -- but remembering that the audience here will be younger kids, the developers didn't go crazy with any way-too-difficult challenges. They're all fun, but do-able -- which is great. And the invention-creating mini-games break things up nicely (although you will have to put together the same darn bridge way too many times). Along the way, you can collect snow cones that can be used to purchase mini-games, which also provides a nice break from the strategic planning.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: November 2, 2010
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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