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Madagascar

Platform(s): GameCube, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob / Vicarious Visions

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'Madagascar' (ALL) Journeys Into Retail

by Rainier on May 25, 2005 @ 8:31 a.m. PDT

Based on the highly anticipated animated feature film from DreamWorks, MadagascarTM is the only game that lets players enter the world of four hilarious Central Park Zoo animals—a personality-packed crew made up of a lion, zebra, giraffe and hippo. Players must master each animal's natural skills while adventuring through the exciting city of New York and the dangerous island of Madagascar, interacting with other animals and tackling obstacles and enemies in scenarios from the movie and beyond.

"Our close collaboration with DreamWorks Animation has allowed us to create a video game that truly captures the humor, friendship and adventure portrayed in the film," said Kathy Vrabeck, president, Activision Publishing. "Madagascar The Game will further engage players in the zoo animals' story and enhance their film-going experience."

The title features life-long pals Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo as they escape from the zoo, encounter a crew of plotting penguins and land on the strange and exotic island of Madagascar where they each learn unique skills that help them work together to survive in the wild.

The team discovers the unknown by roaring, racing, spinning, sneaking, puzzle solving and exploring varied environments, interacting with animals and characters exclusive to the game and playing head-to-head against their friends in engaging mini-games such as "Tiki Golf" and "Lemur Rave."

The handheld versions of the game also gives players the same action and challenge and the Nintendo DS version allows players to engage in wireless multiplayer minigames and use the touch screen to switch characters in the middle of levels and to play wild mini-games exclusive to the DS version.

Madagascar The Game was developed for the console platforms by Toys for Bob, for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS by Vicarious Visions and for the PC by Beenox.

The game is available for the PlayStation2, the Xbox, GameCube) and PC are rated "E10+" ("Everyone 10+" -- cartoon violence and crude humor -- content suitable for persons ages 10 and older.) The console versions are available for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and the PC version is available for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Madagascar The Game for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance are rated "E" ("Everyone" -- mild cartoon violence -- content suitable for persons ages 6 and older.) The DS version is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and the GBA version is available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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