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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa review

Or whatever it takes to get away from it


  • Amusing cutscenes
  • Some decent minigames
  • Penguin stealth!


  • Constant interruptions
  • Looks horrible and bland
  • Many crappy minigames

If we were to say %26ldquo;It%26rsquo;s apt that the back of the box depicts a pair of lumbering penguins holding a pair of Wii controllers, because that appears to have been the target audience,%26rdquo; the inevitable response would be %26ldquo;But it%26rsquo;s for kids!%26rdquo; But when did that argument ever hold water? When were the pre-pubescent ever champions of the bland and meandering?

Even letting that slide, it%26rsquo;s likely players of any age will grow weary of the constant interruptions. (You can barely move without triggering a cutscene.) The cutaways can be amusing and colorful (as opposed to the in-game visuals, which make the majestic entity that is Africa look like a grass strain on a skidmark), but serve only to further fragment an already disjointed compilation of minigames.

The minigames %26ndash; or, if you%26rsquo;re lucky, platforming sections %26ndash; are thrown out with only the most cursory attempt to tie them into a coherent story (despite the glut of talking heads). Some are okay and would have benefited from being expanded upon, such as the giraffe-on-a-boulder levels, or the penguin stealth stages (seriously). However, their charms are buried beneath a pile of far poorer efforts. A kid wouldn%26rsquo;t put up with such mind-numbing tedium. Are you smarter than a ten-year-old?

Dec 11, 2008

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DescriptionAs the Dreamworks Animation machine releases another money collector on film, so too must a game be made for that property. Thus lurches another empty exercise filled with dull celebrity voices and simple gameplay. It will then sell a million copies.
PlatformPS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PC, DS
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Release date4 November 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)