Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. An outstanding game. The concept is not entirely original, but it is definitely fun.
  2. Undoubtedly a fun little platformer. The game boasts respectable gameplay, and an impressive audio-visual combination, as well as a comical plot from the folks at Dreamworks. There’s plenty to do in the levels, and plenty to unlock for a second play through.
  3. Artfully designed for a young audience, Madagascar will keep kids constantly entertained by serving up a wide variety of fun activities. The amusing movie characters and dialogue also ensure plenty of giggles.
  4. An inspired example of how movie tie-ins should be made.
  5. The fact that the game can be enjoyed by adults (provided you don’t mind playing through an extremely easy game) as well as kids epitomises just how strong Madagascar is, particularly as it’s a movie licence.
  6. But even with the mini-games and ability to replay the levels, I'm not 100% sure how much of an interest the game will hold. I wonder if after 2-3 days with it even the kids will get bored. For that, I say renting it is the best bet.
  7. Breezy and varied, Madagascar is not a game for the ages, but it is consistently diverting.
  8. I am disappointed that this version got so poorly ported over from the PS2 version, and it should at the very least recommend the use of a game controller on the box, but ultimately it was a fun children's game that my son very easily picked up and enjoyed.
  9. There’s a nice sense of humor to the game that adults and children will enjoy.
  10. Here, kids get varied and frequently updated missions goals and plenty of welcome help. [Sept 2005, p.98]
  11. 70
    It doesn't force you through level after level of mindless item collection. Instead, it boasts a number of well-designed levels that feature a variety of play styles.
  12. What is somewhat surprising is that the gameplay is pretty solid for a game aimed squarely at kids, the voice actors do a good job of capturing the inflections of the film's characters, and the game features a nice boon of unlockable content to make up for the short quest.
  13. Short but endearing. [Sept 2005, p.57]
  14. Does a better job than most adaptations of reviving the energy and excitement of its source material. Just don't expect it to do so for very long. [Sept 2005, p.63]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JamieS.
    May 29, 2005
    This game is FUN. I booted it up just to try out for a few minutes before dinner and couldn't put it down for an hour. The characters This game is FUN. I booted it up just to try out for a few minutes before dinner and couldn't put it down for an hour. The characters have heaps of personality, the voice acting is great, and the animation and modeling is good, and everything looks pretty. Even the mini games were fun - in fact, the first one, with 3d tanks, happens to be one of my favourite oldies of all time ... it's a marioesque game, IE collecting things, jumping etc, but if you like that style of game, it's magic. Full Review »