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Madagascar PC Game
My little one loves her computer games and is a lot better than I even am on the computer! She has a whole range of different PC games from various television programmes and movies, and this one in particular is one from one of her favourite animated films; Madagascar by Dreamworks.
The game is rather like the film storyline wise and follows the tale of four animals (lion, zebra, giraffe and hippo) who live in New York's Central Park Zoo. Each animal has its own set of skills to master as you try to overcome obstacles throughout the different chapters. All in all, there are eleven chapters which go from the Zoo right to the island of Madagascar. Although the game is not overly long, young children will find a range of different levels throughout to test their abilities to the full.
The game controls are simple and my little one finds most very easy to use. The controls range from keyboard to mouse buttons, using both at the same time in many scenes. The game window is a full screen window and is very bright and colourful with great graphics as in the film. The game saves automatically throughout the story so young ones can go back to their last point without having to remember to save anything which is handy.
Throughout the game, the characters can collect special items to help on their quests such as extra health and items to throw at the enemy animals. There are also many mini games within the main story which consist of such games as Tiki Mini-Golf, Shuffleboard and Lemur Rave. These need to be unlocked through game play.
Installing the game is simple - literally just put it in the drive and play.
Minimum system requirements include;
Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
800MB uncompressed hard drive space
My little one loves this game and can do most of the required aspects on her own though there are some parts in which I have needed to help her with.
The game is at £4.25 on Amazon which is a great price for such a great game which will keep youngsters amused for ages.
The game is recommended for the age of three plus which I think is perfect.
I certainly recommend this game to all young children, especially those who love this great animated film.
Play through a variety of your favourite characters from the film, working through the storyline of the film.
The voice of the characters are either the original actors or so good I can't tell. Each different character you can play, which is all of them from the film, has different attack, jump and special moves.
The graphics are good, a cartoony style but fun to play. There's loads of extras to do, such as collecting coins to buy extras (like sunglasses and hats for your characters) and mini games to unlock and play.
There's multiplayer on the mini games but not in the main game.
The controls are fairly easy, it seems the PC version was very quickly adapted from the Playstation game though, so something its tells you to press circle button, but you can work out which one it really means.
The gameplay is fairly short. Once you've completed the main levels and got all the extras there isn't much of a reason to go back to it, but it'll still provide a good few hours of entertainment.
The audience is very clearly the younger audience, kids that have enjoyed the film and enjoy the characters.
It is a pleasant game that'll entertain you or your kids for a few hours, made very much in the style of the film.