In a new publishing agreement with D3Publisher, Dreamworks has announced a trio of tie-in adventures for their upcoming children's movies. Here are synopses of the three stories, straight from the studio:
Madagascar 3: The Video Game will be available in June of 2012 to coincide with theatrical release of the film on June 8, 2012 in North America. In an adventure-filled tour across Europe with a traveling circus; players can take on the role of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo in a journey to escape the evil clutches of crazed animal control officer Captain Chantal Dubois and return home to New York City.
Coming this holiday season 2012, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. In the video game, players will team up as the Guardians and battle Pitch to help restore the world’s belief.
The Croods takes us back to the beginning - to a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious - a time when Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know today had yet to evolve. At the heart of this comically chaotic world is the Crood family, led by Grug, an over-protective father who, like all dads, is doing everything he can to hold his family together as the world around them changes at a dramatic pace. The Croods is scheduled for release in the spring of 2013.
Besides these summaries, which are more about the movies than the games, no information was revealed. The latter two are still far off and probably haven't even been in production for very long, if at all. While easy gamerscore is always welcome from achievement lovers, here's hoping these games will also be fun for families to experience together a la Toy Story 3
. Look for them separately over the next year or so.