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Madagascar (CD-ROM)

PC Software Review: Madagascar
Children's Computer Game for the PC

By Activision

Our Recommended Age: Ages 10+

Our Rating: B-

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There has to be more to life than the zoo has to offer...that's the thought that motivates Marty the Zebra on a series of adventures with his animal buddies on his tenth birthday. Madagascar for the PC plays like a video game, and is based on the story line of the movie of the same name. The game possesses quite a bit of charm and humor, and, once the controls are learned, it's a heck of a lot of fun to play. A serious problem with the game is the fact that players cannot control the camera. It can be a dizzying experience, and a frustrating one, too. As a result, we recommend that our readers buy or rent the console versions of the game if they can.

Players control different characters at different points in the game. Marty the Zebra is hilarious with his wise-cracks and formidable with his kicks! Kids also play as Gloria the Hippo, Alex the Lion, Melman the giraffe, and the fiendish penguins. Side-games and mini-games are abundant. Some can be purchased with coins from the Zoovenir Shop, and others need to be discovered.

We love the game, but, as noted above, the camera makes it very tricky and frustrating to play at times. The humor is sassy, and the game has an ESRB rating of E 10+ for its occasional crude humor and "cartoon violence".

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Reviewed: November 2005

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