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Having fairly recently bought a Wii for the second time, I have been eager to find games suitable for my two girls to play. This isn't difficult, as Wii games tend to be aimed more at younger children and family entertainment. Before buying this game, we had played 'The Penguins of Madagascar' which is very similar to the Mario Kart game, but we fancied more a level game this time. My girls both like Madagascar so when I saw this fairly recent release ( September 2011) on Amazon for £15 I decided to buy it for them.
The game does require the uDraw Game Tablet to be able to play this game but by pure coincidence I had bought it for them a few weeks ago in the Supermarket, so I knew this game would be ideal for them to play on. The game has an operation which is simply to 'save the world from Dolphin Domination' and although my girls play more simply in the moment rather than for and end game, it does give them exciting goal to achieve.
Dr Blowhole (the leader of the Dolphins!) takes over the world (my girls were devastated when they realised! - It just shows how influencing a game can be!) and only Team Penguin can foil his plans.
The game has a really good lay out and excellent graphics for what is after all a game for relatively young children (PEGI rating of 3 and over). It is easy to navigate around and easy to figure out what you should be doing. As a first time user you can have things explained to you, this was handy for me, as I could sit with the children and explain things but allow them to have a go themselves. The game has 12 levels although by themselves I can't see how they would get anywhere near finishing it until they are older. My husband being a typical bloke had a quick whizz through it and nearly finished the game in a couple of hours (he is used to playing Call of Duty etc. etc.!).
The game follows the Madagascar Penguins: Skipper, Kowlaski, Rico and Private and allows you to complete 'super-secret' missions in and around the zoo with the final level ending up in Dr. Blowhole's lair. Team Penguin must stop Dr. Blowhole before he causes deadly destruction to the world.
There are different puzzles which the player must complete as well as building things and navigating around various hazards. The player must rescue Marlene, Mort and the rest of the zoo, against Dr. Blowhole and his minion lobsters! It is quite fats paced for a children's action game and teamed with the fact that it is a Madagascar game, children fairly new to games consoles will struggle to get bored with this game. I'm not sure if older children who plays computer games regularly will want to play this game all the time though.
The player must also figure out the abilities of each penguin to solve the puzzles and navigate obstacles: Here's a helping hand! Rico regurgitates bombs, Private is perfect for squeezing through tiny spaces, Skipper is the lead and Kowalski builds things!
The game has several mini games and my girls absolute favourite is having a dance off with King Julien ('I like to move it move it!'), you can also bowl with Mort and play Ninja knock down.
As I have explained, I feel this game is perfect for younger children aged perhaps 3 - 6, it is easy for those who are still trying to perfect their hand eye coordination and it's a good fun game full of childhood innocence (something that is particularly important to me in video games for my girls!). The graphics are fun and eye catching with bright colours and the soundtrack is pretty fun too!
All in all a great game for young children although I don't think I'll be playing this when they have gone to bed!