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Madagascar Game Turned Loose

As DreamWorks Animation’s latest CG feature, Madagascar, gets set to hit the big screen on Friday, May 27, Activision has announced the release of its video game based on the talking animal comedy/adventure.

In the movie, pampered New York City zoo pals Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo are yanked from their sheltered existence and transported to the exotic island of Madagascar, where they have to learn to survive in the wild. Players of the game must master each animal’s individual survival skills in order to tackle obstacles and foes in scenarios from the movie and beyond.

Console developer Toys for Bob worked closely with the team at DreamWorks Animation to deliver a game that captures the humor, friendship and adventure found in the film. The title also adds a few surprises and provides some additional backstory for the movie’s four-legged heroes.

The Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS handheld versions were developed by Vicarious Visions, while the PC version was crafted at Beenox, Activision’s latest acquisition. Nintendo DS owners can engage in wireless multiplayer mini-games and use the touch screen to switch characters in the middle of levels. The DS title also offers mini-games exclusive to the platform.

Madagascar The Game for PlayStation2, Xbox, GameCube and PC are recommended for ages 10 and over due to cartoon violence and crude humor. The suggested retail price is $39.99 for console versions and $19.99 for PC. Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions are rated “E” for “Everyone” and list for $39.99 for DS and $29.99 for GBA .

BradyGames’ Madagascar The Game Official Strategy Guide is available at electronics, book and software retailers nationwide, and online at bradygames.com. More information about Activision and its products can be found at www.activision.com.

Read more about Madagascar The Game in the upcoming July issue of Animation Magazine, available by subscription and at Barnes & Noble locations.

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