I’ve always been a fan of the Penguins of Madagascar, as they were the best things about the films they were in. So it was only a matter of time before they got their own hit TV series which made me love them even more, and now they’ve finally have their own movie. So to ride on all of this success, Little Orbit has a new game based off their animated spin-off film in Penguins of Madagascar, which may not be the greatest game out there, but there’s some fun to be had by those who give it a chance.
Our flightless heroes, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private set off to do what they do best, stop evil and bad stuff wherever they may find it. Of course while venturing out of the New York Zoo, they just so happen to learn about an evil plot by the equally evil octopus named Dr. Octavius Brine, or “Dave” as they call him (don’t ask). So it falls on the penguins to put a stop to Dave once and for all, and collect Cheezy Dibbles along the way.
As with most games out there, the first stage serves as a tutorial level, as you’ll learn how to jump, swim, pull / push objects, hang onto to ledges and shimmy across, and how to swap between the penguins and use their special abilities in this platformer title. There’s Rico who can do a quick dash forward, Skipper can stun slap enemies, Private can disguise himself for stealth parts of the stages, and Kowalski can hover jump across platforms. It’s up to the player to decide which hero to use at what time throughout the game to solve puzzles such as pulling and pushing objects among other things, and get past areas such as Fort Knox, the JFK Airport, Monte Carlo and more while fighting off evil octopi and stopping Dave’s evil plans.
Being a budget title, the Penguins of Madagascar isn’t much to look at. The graphics might not be the best, but they serve the game well enough with its basic, cartoony look. I was pretty disappointed of the lack of voice acting throughout the game, as I was really looking forward to hearing the gang talk during the cutscenes, but instead was treated to text appearing on the screen to scroll through. Besides that, the generic sound effects for jumping, using abilities and such, along with the generic music that’s neither good or bad is just enough to keep you playing until the end.
Penguins of Madagascar is a decent budget title for those who love and can’t get enough of DreamWorks’ penguins and platformer titles. It’s not much to look at, and the lack of voices is a little disappointing, but those who can look past the game’s faults will find a decent penguins romp to slide, hover, and slap their way through.