Madagascar (Nintendo Gamecube, 2005)
|This 3D platform puzzle game is based on the DreamWorks film of the same title and release time. Players take control of four unlikely animal companions: Alex, the brave lion; Marty, the idealistic zebra; Melman, the hypochondriac giraffe; and Gloria, the heavyweight hippo. The animals have joined forces to try to escape from their current confinement in the Central Park Zoo. Each creature has a special skill, and finding the best use for these abilities can be key to making it through each zoo-based level. The animals abilities become more powerful as players progress, and between-level mini-games feature supporting characters from the film, such as the penguins and the lemurs.
The player mainly controls Marty the zebra, while in other levels the player can control Gloria the hippo, Melman the giraffe, and Alex the lion. Each character in the game has his or her own ability. To gain their abilities, the player must first find three cards, known as power cards, to gain the character's ability.
Marty has a special kicking ability, which he can use to destroy hay bales, statues and other things, a sneak ability that helps him get through small holes, and a long jump ability, which he can use to jump to far places. Alex has the double jump ability, which he can use to jump through hoops, a roar to scare small creatures, can also throw mangoes [on Madagascar only], and the claw ability, which he can use to defeat enemies. Gloria has the ability to run fast when she eats a chilli pepper. This ability can be used to charge cars and hay bails and enemies, as well as a butt bounce ability which she can use to defeat policemen, and more. Melman has a spin ability, which he can use to stop enemies, and a helicopter gliding ability, which he can use to glide from place to place from higher places.
However, while some abilities can be used in every level, there are some abilities that usually can be only be used in certain levels. For example, in the level The Final Battle, Alex gains the claw ability, but since the level in which he gains this ability is the last level, he can use it no more. If the player wants to switch characters, the player can use a special totem pole that might be nearby to switch characters (however, in the level Back to the Beach, Alex is absent on the totem pole).
The game received generally positive to average reviews. Metacritic calculated an average score of 69 out of 100 for the game. On Metacritic, PGNx Media gave the game a positive review, giving it 85 points, and had said "The game boasts respectable gameplay, and an impressive audio-visual combination, as well as a comical plot from the folks at Dreamworks". On IGN, the game was also awarded a positive 7 points.
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|ESRB Rating||E10+ - Everyone 10+|
|ESRB Descriptor||Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor|
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