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March of the Penguins

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Description

Based on the documentary March of the Penguins, this game follows the story of the emperor penguins as they embark on a long journey to breed their young. The game has been divided into twelve chapters, with different gameplay. The penguins need to be navigated through the environment, find a suitable mate, find food, take care of the egg, guard the young ones and finally make it all the way back.

A large part of the game is based on the concept of Lemmings. As the penguins march on, players need to help them land softly, melt obstacles, attract them in a certain direction using fish and place trampolines, ramps, slides, bridges and steps to make them access new areas. The levels can be explored using binoculars and the penguins need to collect a certain amount of snowflakes to pass. The penguins cannot die. When they fall off a cliff, they simply restart at the beginning of the level, but the players needs to bring them to the end as a group to succeed.

Other levels have the penguins slide down hills with faster gameplay, feature mazes, or take place underwater where predators need to be avoided while collecting food. In the later parts of the game, guarding the eggs adds an new layer of difficulty. As soon as a penguin hits an obstacle it is dropped. There is little time to pick it up again or it freezes. It also need to be taken to a warm spot before the thermometer time runs out.

Some educational content has also been included. Next to the habits, more information about the penguin migration in provided in between levels.

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March of the Penguins Game Boy Advance Chapter one goal
March of the Penguins Game Boy Advance The story
March of the Penguins Game Boy Advance Pause screen
March of the Penguins Game Boy Advance Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "La Marche de l'Empereur" -- French title
  • "Die Reise der Pinguine" -- German title

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The Press Says

GameZone Nintendo DS Jan 12, 2007 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Game Boy Advance Feb 03, 2008 C 50
IGN Game Boy Advance Dec 14, 2006 4.5 out of 10 45
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jan 16, 2007 4 out of 10 40
GameSpot Nintendo DS Jan 16, 2007 4 out of 10 40
IGN Nintendo DS Jan 18, 2007 4 out of 10 40
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Nintendo DS Jan 16, 2007 38 out of 100 38
Nintendojo Game Boy Advance Jan 23, 2007 3 out of 10 30
Games Radar Nintendo DS Feb 05, 2007 1 out of 10 10
Portable Review Game Boy Advance Jul 06, 2007 4 out of 40 10

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