the game stays very true to Dreamworks' movie of the same name, then goes one step further and expands the story behind the animals' escape. This allows you to take control of all of your favorite main characters including Marty, Alex, Gloria, Melman, and even the military-enabled Penguins, and attempt to break out of the zoo. Standing in the way of your freedom are guards and police officers, among many others.
As a platformer, Madagascar is absolutely outstanding. With younger aged children in mind, the game manages to allow the player to utilize many different abilities, while keeping the controls very simple. In addition, Madagascar does a great job of keeping the game fresh with different goals to accomplish, including mini-games that replicate stand-up arcade games. And since you'll be in control of 5 different animal types, the gameplay never gets stale, from Melman's helicopter legs to the karate chops of the Penguins.
The gameplay of Madagascar also spans across many areas from the movie. You'll start at the zoo and have to make a break for the ocean, then hijack a ship and find your home across the sea. Unfortunately, the game is a bit short. Yet, Madagascar is still enjoyable for all ages due to its simple, but fun design and character interactivity.