The Penguins of Madagascar Reviews

  • WorhammerWorhammer305,281
    02 Jul 2012 02 Jul 2012
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    It's time for another episode of Worhammer's Shameless Easy-Mode Super Happy Gamerscore Funtime. I play all the bad ones so that you don't have to...

    Anyway, this one is another stinker. The good news is, it's super easy and short. If you use a guide for the collectables, you can polish this off from start to finish in under 6 hours. I think my final time was between 4 and 5 hours, and that was with a couple replays for missed collectables.

    So in the interest of full disclosure, I do not have kids. I generally don't watch the movies that most kids games are based on, and this is no exception. I do not generally enjoy kids games (read my review of Nickelodeon Dance if you want a good example....) and I feel that generally movie tie-ins, even for good movies, suck. I am sure that I am not alone in this line of thinking, so perhaps you will find my review helpful.

    So back to the game review. I can't say that I found this to be hard. The motion detection is actually pretty decent, which is more than I have been able to say for my last few Kinect outings. I only had a problem here or there with it recognizing my jumps, and that was solved by turning on a few more lights and closing the shades behind me.

    The best part about this game is that unlike most other games of this genre (You know, crappy kids games....) you can actually skip almost all of the cutscenes. I think this is what made this game so great (and so short). I really hope that more developers take note of this and allow me to skip the cutscenes that I really don't have any interest in watching.

    So that about sums up my review of the storyline. I didn't follow it. I just skipped it all. You start out in a zoo (?) and make your way to somewhere else, then for some reason you end up in some sewers. Don't ask me, I wasn't paying attention. Maybe if you watch the movie you'll understand it more than I did, but I don't think you're really here for all the down and dirty on the story, so I will just move on.

    As far as achievements go, they're all very easy. The walkthrough I read on x360a suggests you play through the game first on easy, but I've never been one to do that. There is an achievement for playing on Hard, and quite honestly, I didn't find any reason to play it on easy. I played through the second level on easy to get the "Perfection" achievement but I really didn't see enough of a difference between easy and hard to justify me giving the same suggestion. As soon as the game starts, go to the menu (you'll have to actually enter the level selection area as far as I can tell...) and change the difficulty to hard. If you take your time and use a guide you can easily collect everything and get the required scores from collecting pieces of candy in order to get a "Gold Winkie" on hard mode. Again, don't ask. I still wasn't paying attention.

    The only thing you should actually need a guide for are the chameleons. The rest of the achievements come as you play. If you somehow manage to make it to the end of the game without getting everything but the two dance-related achievements and "Perfection" then clean-up shouldn't take more than 30 minutes.

    So there you have it. Despite the fact that this game really wasn't anything special, it was easy. Very easy. And very short. If you can't 1K this game in under 6 hours, there is something wrong with you. So it gets 3 stars. This isn't a review on game quality, it's a review on easy gamerscore. music
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    JamezWestThanks for the review. Looks like you pretty much summed it up.
    Posted by JamezWest on 14 Sep 12 at 01:37