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Game Chronicles (May 28, 2005)
I can’t recommend Madagascar highly enough, both the film and the game. Best of all, it doesn’t matter which one you see (or play) first since each only makes the other one that much better. This is a must-play title for anyone looking for a family-friendly game packed with the fun and gameplay of a dozen individual titles.
PGNx Media (May 26, 2005)
Madagascar is undoubtedly a fun little platformer. The game boasts respectable gameplay, and an impressive audio-visual combination, as well as a comical plot from the folks at Dreamworks. There’s plenty to do in the levels, and plenty to unlock for a second play through.
84 (Jun 22, 2005)
Madagascar rallies against what people normally label "a children's game". This game is fun for the family, that every child from 6 to 60 will enjoy. It's quite humorous and it's something the entire family should enjoy playing on their Xbox. If we had a choice, we'd name this game the Xbox family game of the year. Nice job, Toys for Bob!
TeamXbox (Jun 15, 2005)
Madagascar is a pretty decent kids game based off of a movie franchise, which is almost unheard of in the current days of the console. Unlike some of the other E 10+ titles out there, Madagascar is definitely geared toward the younger player, as its ease and shortness suggest. At forty bucks, and for the right age group, Madagascar is a sound value, and worth checking out if the movie was a hit in the household. This game won’t make a bad rental as a party game (with the included mini-games) or something to throw in when the brain has been put on cruise control.
76 (Jul 31, 2005)
In conclusion, Madagascar for the Xbox is a surprisingly pleasant game based on the corresponding hit movie. While the audio and visual departments could have benefited from some polishing, the gameplay is more than adequate for the average gamer. Whether you are a hard-core fan of the blockbuster movie or you are just looking to try something new, Madagascar will prove itself to be a rather enjoyable platformer.
XBox Front (May 26, 2005)
Was ist das: Es kommt aus einem Computer, ist meist recht lustig und jeder will es irgendwie sehen? Die Rede ist natürlich nicht von Microsofts neuem Betriebssystem, sondern von einem Animationsfilm. Und davon scheint es in der vergangenen Zeit eine wirkliche Fülle zu geben. Klar, dass der pfiffige Vertrieb eines solchen Films auch gleich seine Merchandising-Brille mit den dicken Dollarzeichen aufsetzt und ordentlich an der Produktpalette schraubt. So auch bei Dreamworks neustem Machwerk: „Madagascar“.
GameZone (Jun 01, 2005)
This isn't the game that will revolutionize the videogame/movie crossover market. It shouldn't be but it is a game that will have younger games having a good time. That's all we can hope for sometimes. Having the young ones entertained for a few minutes while the parents get some rest or get a chance to play something else.
Darkstation (Jun 17, 2005)
Madagascar is one of the more impressive children's movie to be made into a game because of how well the game plays, and not how deep nor how well it looks. It's not going to be the best Platformer out on the market, but its good enough for its intended audience. If I had a kid right now I would definitely at least rent them the game and make it a purchase game if they enjoyed the movie.
Worth Playing (Jul 02, 2005)
The stage is set for one wild, wacky adventure. While it may be quite a simple adventure at that, it should definitely be checked out by any fan of the movie, as Madagascar will undoubtedly prove to be a humorous game to help you relax and pass the time.
GameSpot (Jun 09, 2005)
It probably doesn't shock you that Madagascar would be squarely aimed at the younger set, but the fact that the developers have done a good job of making a game out of the film's storyline, rather than creating a cheap cash-in on the film's license, is pleasantly surprising. It's a short but endearing adventure that will be immediately appealing to the adolescent gamers in your household, whether or not they've seen the movie. And if they have, all the better.
IGN (Jun 01, 2005)
Those looking for a good, kid-focused platformer will find it in Madagascar. It doesn't force you through level after level of mindless item collection. Instead, it boasts a number of well-designed levels that feature a variety of play styles. It's nothing extraordinary, mind you, and it's nothing innovative, but it plays well. Plus it comes wrapped in a package brimming with funny dialogue, decent animation and many unlockable extras. Definitely one to rent (or buy) for the kiddies.
Adults and children alike will agree on one thing: Brutality against hapless, overweight zoo security guards never seems to get old. Outside of this common thought, however, Madagascar is primarily a game for youngsters. And it’s a pretty good one to boot. The gameplay is simple yet heavily varied, which in turn keeps the action fresh and fun. Decent bonus games (like Tiki Mini Golf) keep the thrills alive well after the story has concluded.
Wham! gaming (Jun 14, 2005)
As if the gameplay wasn't stale enough already, every few minutes you are treated with long speeches from characters in the game. These cut-scenes both look very poor because of the weak graphics engine and sound dreadful because of poor voice impersonations, which is disappointing as the graphics and the voice acting were the only things going for the movie.
1UP (Jun 27, 2005)
Madagascar is not a long game. The whole thing can be finished in just a couple of sittings. However, fans of the film, both young and old, would do well to give it a shot, as it's an entertaining platformer that complements the movie quite well.
55 (Jun 17, 2005)
Madagascar est l'archétype même du produit formaté pour accompagner dignement la sortie d'un film. Pas vraiment mauvais, mais pas brillant non plus, il reste tout de même parfait pour prolonger l'esprit du long métrage.
52 (Jul 03, 2005)
Nach Filmumsetzungs-Highlights wie Spider-Man 2 und gut gemeinten und durchaus unterhaltsamen Titeln wie Shrek liefert Activision mit Madagascar öde Routine-Lizenzkost ab. Die Gameplay-Elemente sind allesamt bekannt, wobei man jedoch sagen muss, dass das Toys for Bob-Team sich redlich bemüht, diese homogen zusammen zu fügen. Doch unter dem Strich ist Madagascar nicht nur zu kurz (satte vier Stunden, bis der Endgegner besiegt ist), sondern auch grafisch wenig spektakulär, akustisch ab und an eine Qual und selbst für die angestrebte Kinder-Zielgruppe viel zu leicht. Wenn nicht die Mini-Games wären, die auch ab und an zu kleinen Multiplayer-Duellen einladen, könnte man das Abenteuer der vier Zoo-Ausreißer ohne Umschweife direkt in die Lizenzmüll-Schublade packen. Selbst Mini-Golf & Co. sowie der immer noch zu hoch angesetzte Midprice-Aufkleber schaffen es aber nicht, Madagascar über ein „Ausreichend“ zu hieven. Schade, denn hier wäre eindeutig mehr drin gewesen.