VTech InnoTab Software - Madagascar 3

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Join the circus and learn with familiar animal friends.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about arithmetic, comparisons, spelling, and reading while playing with the animals who star in the Madagascar 3 movie. They can be creative with music and artwork. The games offer a nice range of skills. VTech InnoTab Learning Software - Madagascar 3 invites kids in with an interesting storyline and then keeps them engaged with well-integrated learning activities that are fun to play.

Positive Messages

The characters are forced to think about what they are good at and what they enjoy. And although they don't always get along, they display loyal friendships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lead characters support each other.

Ease of Play

Most of the game is easy to use, but one activity requires kids to tap on an answer at just the right time. As the InnoTab doesn't always respond as quickly as you'd like, some kids might find this activity frustrating.

Violence & Scariness

The characters are being chased by an animal control specialist. There isn't much peril, but kids may ask questions about this chase.

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Consumerism

The game is based on a movie that is part of a series that has spawned a variety of consumer products.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VTech InnoTab Software - Madagascar 3 is loosely based on the movie of the same name. In the story portion and one of the games, the characters are being chased by an animal control specialist. There isn't much peril, but kids may ask questions about this chase. Editor's Note: This game's publisher, VTech, experienced a breach of parent and student data on November 14, 2015. Click here for more information.

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What's it about?

VTECH INNOTAB SOFTWARE - MADAGASCAR 3 follows familiar animal friends Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria as they try to make it back to New York. They catch the eye of animal control specialist, Captain Chantel DuBois, who tries to catch them to add to her collection. The animals hide out in a circus, which is where most of the games take place. Kids will use the motion sensor to dodge cars as they outrun DuBois, help the animals learn the flying trapeze, pack up circus gear, and shoot animals from a canon, all while practicing graphing, arithmetic, spelling, and making comparisons. Creative activities include decorating circus posters, playing music in a band, and taking Madagascar 3-themed photos. The cartridge includes an interactive eBook, three learning games, and a few creative activities.

Is it any good?

VTech InnoTab Software - Madagascar 3 has some clever learning activities that mesh perfectly with the circus plotline. Kids will enjoy the circus theme that is carried throughout. Many of the games are such that kids will enjoy playing them over and over. There is also a fun creative activity that invites kids to help design a circus poster by coloring (a hat, ball, etc.) and using an already existing pattern or creating one of their own. (It's unfortunate that there are only two posters to choose from.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why this game is based on a movie. Did you want to play it because you saw the movie? If you haven't seen the movie, do you want to after playing this game?

  • What other learning games have you played and liked?

  • What parts of the story could be real? What parts are pretend?

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