Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 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.
  2. 82
    It does everything it needs to, and a few things it doesn’t, really well. It’s a shame that the control and camera issues exist, but given that the development team likely had to hit a nigh impossible deadline, I’m just glad that the problems aren’t game-killers.
  3. An inspired example of how movie tie-ins should be made.
  4. 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.
  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. Breezy and varied, Madagascar is not a game for the ages, but it is consistently diverting.
  7. 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.
  8. Strongly recommend a rent for the kids, a buy for kids that loved the movie.
  9. While the experience is short and simple, the game has a diverse collection of minigames that should keep younger fans interested for a while.
  10. Madagascar certainly delivers for the younger demographic, but those older players may reach critical boredom pretty early on in the game.
  11. The biggest downfall, however, is the camera; its random movements, poor angles, and quick frame changes hinder the enjoyment of the game. If you are prone to motion sickness, stay far away from Madagascar.
  12. 75
    The game play is very varied, with every ten minutes bringing something new to be done. Stealth, action, platforming, all genres make some kind of appearance.
  13. There’s nothing that’s going to knock your socks off, but enough for your 10 year old to enjoy it at least as a rental.
  14. 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.
  15. The gameplay is simple yet heavily varied, which in turn keeps the action fresh and fun. [Aug 2005, p.98]
  16. It's not exactly a memorable quest, but Madagascar is still a good time, especially to fans of the movie who can't get enough of its main characters.
  17. If you happen to be a veteran gamer WITH kids, then Madagascar can provide you with a guilt-free excuse to play video games with your children- or maybe even on your own ("Honey, I'm just clearing this level for Bobby...)
  18. 65
    The whole thing can be finished in just a couple of sittings. However, fans of the film, both young and old, would do well to give it a shot, as it's an entertaining platformer that complements the movie quite well.
  19. A charming, if flawed and anorexically shallow, kids' action game. Parents shouldn't feel bad about buying it. Kids won't feel bad playing it.
  20. Make no mistake: this is a kiddie game. The difficulty level is super-low, and the gameplay within each area is quite repetitive and straightforward. [Aug 2005, p.82]
  21. Make no mistake, folks: This is a quick cash-in, no matter how you slice it.
  22. Overall, the mechanics are OK, though the camera is kind of unwieldy. But very frankly, that probably won't matter all that much to the target audience.
  23. Kids will probably have a blast with this, but anyone else will find it brain cell-destroyingly tedious. But we'd like more games with Zebras please. Zebras are ace. [PSM2]
  24. Admittedly, it has a streak of good humour running through it and a few unlockable two-player mini-games, but they're unlikely to encourage completion.
  25. It’s a shame that the concept was implemented so poorly, an example of sacrificing quality for mindless movie-licensed mush. With the absolute lack of difficulty and simplistic design, it’s a real wonder as to what Activision was expecting when they unleashed this game upon the masses of unsuspecting gamers.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 27, 2013
    Practically each level is fun on their own, and I do like some of the characters who only make an appearance in this game. The music is weird but at the same time catchy. Full Review »