Madagascar - PC

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Madagascar (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Beenox Soft. Co.: Dreamworks
Publishers: Activision (US/GB/GB)
Released: May 2005 (US)
Jun 2006 (GB)
30 Jun 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+


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A proud lion, a voluptuous hippo, a hypochondriac giraffe and a zebra with itchy feet – these are the stars of the Dreamworks SKG feature film, from the same people that brought you the Shrek and A Shark’s Tale. The film features the voices of Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and follows the exploits of four animals who escape from Central Park Zoo and pitch up in Madagascar, with the help of their paranoid, conspiracy theorist penguin friends.

As you might expect, this summer holiday blockbuster will be accompanied by a multi-platform game spin-off release, and this one is brought to you by Activision, and developed by Toys for Bob. Play as any one of the four main characters through 11 levels that follow them from NYC to Madagascar. Hone your skills as you go, and play as the penguins or loveable Madagascan lemurs in the action packed mini-levels. You’ll find yourself racing through the streets of Manhattan, hijacking a ship and exploring the lush African jungle. And the main game is complemented by a selection of three mini-games: Shuffleboard, Tiki Golf and Lemur Rave, a rhythm-based game where the small indigenous mammals just want to get down.

Watch as Alex the Lion learns to use his claws and Gloria the Hippo perfects her Butt Smash and Charge techniques. Meanwhile, the intrepid Marty the Zebra will develop his long jump, stealth crawl and fearsome back kick, as only an equine beast can, and Melman the psychosomatically obsessed giraffe will overcome his fears, and master his neck helicopter spin and neck fling, whereby he can launch coconuts and lemurs at foes. So if you’re a city animal who longs for a taste of the wild, look out for Madagascar.