One of the better movie based video games out there

User Rating: 8.5 | Madagascar GC
The Madagascar series (consisting of 2005's Madagascar and 2008's Escape 2 Africa) are one of Dreamworks' most popular franchises. Both Madagascar and Madagascar 2 are solid films, both in the family and comedy genre. Thankfully, these movies have gotten better than average video game adaptations. While this game is kind of short, it has solid gameplay.

Madagascar focuses on Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe as they go from their comforting lives in New York's Central Park to the wilds of Madagascar. They confront the wild lemus led by the self centered King Julien and the fossa who scare them.

In this game, you play all 4 New York characters, as well as those crazy penguins. Alex is the only one of the group who can double jump and uses his roar to scare away enemies as well as using his claws and throwing mangoes. Marty uses his kick and can sneak around and go through low entryways. Gloria uses her buttbounce and tumble move as her main attacks. When she eats a hot pepper, she charges and destroys anything in her path. Melman spins around and also gets across platforms by spinning around in the air as well. The penguins slide around and attack those taller than them.

This game does manage to match the movie in story pretty well, with some added storylines. For example, this game has Alex finding his friends within Madagascar's jungles instead of finding them on the beach. We also show how Marty escaped from the Zoo and into the City. The control handles well for all characters in this game. Even though the game is pretty short, there are a decent number of minigames to keep you occupied for a while.

Movie based video games haven't gotten that great of a rap ever since E.T. back in 1982. However, Madagascar doesn't really belong among the worst movie games of all time. Fans of the show and nonfans of the show should find it interesting. The big thing about this game is that it is great for any preteens. For one thing, this is one of the first ever E10 games and no doubt the first E10 game I've ever played.