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The game's graphics aren't exceptional, but a relaxing theme song plays in the background. A password is provided at the end of each stage. March of the Penguins is uneven in quality, but it offers enough variety and originality to make it worth a try if you're looking for something new.
Educational games are a great idea; getting kids to learn something while having fun is an invaluable tool for teaching. This game is not fun. The game is too hard to be a children's game, and too boring to be a game to recommend to anyone. There are some morsels of mildly amusing gameplay, but for the most part it is a long, tiring, frustrating process. In that respect, Skyworks has really captured the experience of March of the Penguins.
Not that many people will or should consider buying either version of March of the Penguins. The Lemmings-style puzzles are much too difficult for younger players, while older players will be turned off by how bland and short-lived the overall product is. The silly thing isn't that they made a video game out of a documentary film. The silly thing is that they made it too difficult for one audience and too insubstantial for the other.
March Of The Penguins is unfortunately just too difficult to be understood by its young target audience, and will even be tough for most grown-ups. The ideas laid out in the Lemmings-style stages could be effective if they were designed better and held the players hand through the first chunk of the game, but as it is, Penguins will just leave gamers and arctic-bird lovers alike out in the cold.
Overall, this is a terrible game and the developers should be ashamed. I just hope that I can do my part to make sure that this game and its Nintendo DS counterpart never sells another copy for as long as I live - or at least get the message out to the creators that they shouldn’t try to skimp on the budget for their games.