Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Review
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa box art
System: Wii, PS2, DS, X360, PS3, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Toys for Bob 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 4, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

But despite being a lot of fun, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does still have a few glaring issues. One of the biggest weak points of this title has to be the graphics. Honestly, the issues with the visuals in this game are far reaching and rage from absurd texturing (especially with water effects) to pesky seaming issues. And while none of these issues directly affects the gameplay, the overall look of the game just doesn’t hold water with most modern Wii titles and I think that is something that even younger players may find a little bothersome.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa screenshot

The sound in this title also suffers from being less-than-stellar, although most of the missteps here fall on the lackluster voiceover. Although I can understand not having the A-list stars from the movie reprise their roles for a videogame, the voice actors who swooped in to replace them do not sound genuine at all, and some of the characters’ voiceovers (especially that of King Julian, who is originally voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen) become quite annoying. I honestly believe I would have preferred scrolling text to some of the voiceovers. But for all the poor voicework, the background music isn’t half bad, and is nicely sampled from the movie.

Control in this title is actually very good. The Wii version differs from other console versions because it has enhanced motion control functionality. However, the motion controls are limited to action items, and always have a button option. For instance, there is a whack-a-mole style video game that you play with the giraffe character, and the main mechanic involves slamming the giraffe’s head down onto the various targets. The game gives you the option to swing down the Wii-mote, or use the Z button on the nunchuck. The motion controls, if you do decide to use them, are nicely responsive and generally only consist of a flick of the wrist or quick swing up or down.

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Like most kids’ movies, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has gotten the video game treatment, and has been produced for nearly every currently available console in existence. And while the Wii version of this title may not be the absolute best, it does a good job of conveying the fun energy of the movie that inspired it, and kids will love the fun mini-game inspired play. While this game is definitely not meant to please the adult crowd, it is a fun family title, and just may make that special little someone you know a happy camper this holiday.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
Graphics are of very poor quality with constant seaming and texturing issues. Cutscenes from the movie suffer from poor compression.
4.1
Control
Both motion and button-based controls work well in the context of the game.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voiceover isn’t the best quality, but the music is enjoyable enough.
3.7

Play Value
The story mode is long enough to keep kids engaged for quite a few hours, and the different multiplayer modes are great for families to play together.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Join Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and their entire madcap Madagascar crew on a whole new action-packed journey to save the African savannah in the Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa video game.
  • Your favorite characters from Madagascar return and you can play them all! In addition to Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman, you also get to play as the crafty penguins, the wacky King Julien and new hippo character Moto Moto! Learn all the moves of each character and choose which character is best for the situation at hand. Adventure through
  • 12 levels and 10 tournament mini-games from other movie and beyond. dt>
  • Unique new environments include the Watering Hole, a free roaming area that’s been expanded for the game, the volcano and the plane wreck.


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