We have seen a lot of developers and publishers making games based on movies to cash in on them, after/before the release of the movie the game is based on. The same has been the case with Madagascar 3 (movie) which recently hit theatres worldwide.
Along with the Madagascar movie, we also have the Madagascar 3 game for Wii U consoles. Since kids love the movie and their consoles, the game might help developers cash in some good amount of money in the time to come.
Since Madagascar is a household name, we thought we’d talk in detail about the game to see what it’s like and whether kids will actually enjoy it or not. (Here on, Madagascar 3 will strictly be referring to the game and not the movie).
Madagascar 3 for Wii is a game with decent graphics and even thought the game has been able to capture the essence of the movie, it has only been able to capture just one aspect of the movie.
The movie, named Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is poised to become one of the most popular animated movie of this year, bringing forward action, humor and lots of fun to the watchers. However, the game, which is based on the movie of course, doesn’t really capture what the movie is about to a good extent but even then, it is a good enough game. The game has managed to capture the essence of the movie and imitating its fun.
The thing I like most about the game is that its gameplay revolves around cooperative teamwork, irrespective of whether there is one player playing the game or two. There are two characters available for users to choose from in the first play-through of every level. Players can switch between the two if playing individually while if they are playing as multiplayer, they screen splits in two. Players can also drop in/out of the game in multiplayer mode.
Even though there are two characters players can choose from initially, they can later unlock characters as they proceed further in the game.
The entire game is pretty much kid friendly and offers minimalistic levels of difficulty. Every mission starts off with a fully voiced introduction. The controls are quite functional and of the usual standard, while the obstacles that need to be solved are less and the puzzles are quite easy to solve.
The voice work in the game is quite limited however; players are randomly and less frequently alerted to switch characters when a particular challenge needs to be solved. However, this and other indications in the game that have been added to alert young players will prove to be very helpful and make players easily pass different levels of the game.
The basic issue with the Madagascar 3 is that it will be compared with the movie and of course, it doesn’t match up to its quality at all. The game is suitable for younger players and kids who like watching their favorite characters move around in a nice setting and environment but all and all, the game doesn’t really appeal if you look at it from a general audience view.
I’d give the game 7 on 10 based on its graphics, gameplay and even though it is “nice” it is nothing above that. However, it is not bad but it is particularly not great.
I believe the Madagascar 3 movie will remain in the top layer of popularity for some time ahead but the game will not. It is a better than average movie associate. Since the movie is relatively new, the Madagascar 3 game for Wii is also being talked about right now, so you might as well enjoy it before it quickly disappears from the stores because it is not a game people will remember for months.