Madagascar

a game by Vicarious Visions

Platforms: Playstation 2GBA

Genre: Action

See also: Madagascar Games

Okay. As we all know, a great kid's movie usually equals a less then stellar video game. I would like to say that this isn't the case with Madagascar, and the good news is that it isn't the total mess other games that started as movies have been. If fact, it performs the basics of a solid platform game with a decent amount of skill. This game certainly isn't revolutionary or the slightest bit innovative, but as a kid's platform game, it's not bad.

Madagascar starts off with Marty the Zebra having a mid life crisis. Basically you'll begin by performing simple tasks and receive new abilities on your way to completing required goals for the level. All are extremely straight forward and for the most part your hand is held and guided from task to task. The tasks themselves are obviously designed for a younger audience, which you would expect. If you keep that in mind the target audience however, the complexity level is right on target. In addition, you'll get to control various different characters from the movie all with unique skills to help them get through their tasks.

Graphically, it looks similar to the movie but there is plenty of room for improvement. The textures are weak and the environments are lacking detail but there is still enough here to represent the movie well. The audio helps fill the gaps however with good voice work and witty dialogue, but the sound effects are a little sparse.

Since I wasn't expecting something amazing, Madagascar really performed slightly better then expected. Again, if you keep in mind the target audience, it meets at least a minimum set of expectations for a kid's platform game. There's nothing that's going to knock your socks off, but enough for your 10 year old to enjoy it at least as a rental.

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