Excerpt: Thank heavens for Julien the really funny lemur and the always-entertaining penguins, or Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa would not have been worth the effort. Fortunately, they manage to entertain with witty dialog that keep you chuckling while you do generic animated-movie-tie-in platforming things.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is As the year comes to a close, gamers will look fondly on the months of gaming gone by and shed a tear for all the happy hours spent playing their favourite AAA titles. As a reviewer, my tears are shed for the hours I’ve spent reviewing some fantastic games as well as those games which you almost know are going to be awful.
Summary: While licensed video games have a dubious history, those targeting the younger set have been particularly uninspired. It is a pleasant surprise, then, that Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa not only makes excellent use of its license, but presents a worthwhile game experience as well. Despite using different voice actors than the movie, the cutscenes capture the essence of the characters quite well, providing a continual string of well-constructed and downright funny moments.
Pros: Activities are varied and fun, The characters, especially Julien, are funny, Forgiving controls, Multiplayer mini golf is quite awesome, Good amount of replay value
Cons: Too simple for experienced players, Some of the voice actors sound out of place, A few side quests aren't worth playing more than once
Conclusion: As we’ve already said then, this is only worth buying for an easily pleased, myopic, die-hard Madagascar fan or if there are no other games available. Buy Kung Fu Panda instead. Can we go now?
Excerpt: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is not what I expected when I first popped it into my PS3. History dictates that every holiday movie, or at least the ones aimed at kids, has some sort of movie tie-in game. Most of the time, the game is a platformer and I expected Madagascar 2 to follow suit. What's that line about a book and its cover, because was I ever wrong. I was surprised at how well the game's visuals hold up.
Excerpt: Dreamworks has had a solid line-up of animated movies as of late, enough to compete with the big boys at Pixar. But, unfortunately, those successes don't translate into the videogame world. While Kung-Fu Panda turned out to be a surprisingly decent game, Madagascar 2 is quite the opposite, as it's filled with redundant and juvenile tasks that even my eight year old cousin thought were boring. But, to his credit, he is extremely smart for his age.
Summary: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo are still stranded on Madagascar and attempt to leave. Unfortunately, their plane makes an emergency landing in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family and has trouble communicating with them after much of his time at the Central Park Zoo.
Summary: Trattandosi di un prodotto chiaramente dedicato ai più piccoli e a chi non ha mai visto un pad in vita sua si può facilmente sorvolare sul bonario livello di difficoltà e la curva d’apprendimento inconsistente, tuttavia non si può giustificare un’esperienza ludica così slegata e superficiale mossa solo dal carisma dei protagonisti, condita da errori e deficienze tecniche che in prossimità del 2009 sono assolutamente impresentabili.
Excerpt: En af de gyldne regler i spilbranchen er, at efter en stor Hollywood-produktion har hittet i biograferne, skal der mindst udkomme et og gerne flere spil til mange platforme, der baserer sig på filmen. Disse licens-baserede udgivelser har haft og har stadig en tendens til at være 3D action adventures, der løst baserer sig på figurerne og scenerne fra filmen – til trods for enkelte smarte gimmicks er det netop sådan et spil Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa er.