Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa Demo 4 U

This doesn't happen in nature, by the way.
I think I actually reviewed the first Madagascar. These kids videogame translations all kind of blur into one. I recall something to do with the Zebra turning itself into a Shuriken, which sounds pretty nifty now I actually write it down. Anyway – we’ve all a chance to see if my failing memory is working at all by downloading the new just-shy-of-800Mb demo of the sequel. It includes (er) part of the game. This is the sort of incisive journalism you come to RPS for, that’s for sure. Anyway – anyone like animals? RPS loves animals. Our favourites include the Platypus, the sloth and the bearded pig. While you think of yours, there’s a video of the game in action beneath the cut.

I haven’t watched it either though. Hope it isn’t actually mislabelled pornography or something.


  1. Little Green Man says:

    Platfomer with minigames film tie in. Nothing we haven’t seen a million times before.

  2. Idle Threats and Bad Poetry says:

    A sequel of a dimly remembered children’s game and a trailer full of giddy youngsters. If you feel dirty watching all of those Red Alert trailers, this should be a wonderful way to regress back to a more innocent time.

    As for a favorite animal, that’s a tough one. How does one choose between tigers, rhinoceri (??), and all of nature’s cute, fuzzy critters anyway?

  3. Therlun says:

    Its from Toys for Bob!
    Toys for Bob!!

  4. The Hammer says:

    Pygmy Goats are obviously nature’s best animal.

  5. MarvintheParanoidAndroid says:


  6. Anarki says:

    I almost lold at the safety warnings intro, “BEWARE: SIMULATED GAMBLING”.

  7. MarkN says:

    Polar Bear – a top blend of cute and fluffy with base primal savagery.

  8. MarkN says:

    And surely it should be “Beware: Simulated Gambolling”

    B’dum tish.


  9. James G says:

    Nothing beats Tardigrades, or water-bears. For microscopic Ecdysozoa these guys are strangely cute, and on top of it are amazingly hardy little blighters. They generally live in mosses, and can survive being dehydrated for years and can survive huge temperature ranges.

    I’m also partial to the manatee, which now I think about it looks mildly similar to a tardigrade.

  10. The Hammer says:

    James G, your choice of favourite animals suck! You don’t have any taste when it comes to the animal kingdom, do you?! Mainstream filth!

  11. StenL says:

    Tardigrades are great, they look just like miniature Lolruses.

  12. Korgan says:

    Will the game involve closing a port?

  13. Valentin Galea says:

    I love the contrast between marketed Wii play – all that ‘energetic’ motion – while the true one is nothing more than wrist gestures:)

  14. Rocktart says:

    Is there anywhere that does review kiddie games? It would be good to know where I can check that I’m not buying my 10 year old nephew complete crap.

  15. Heliocentric says:

    Will the game involve closing a port?


    link to

  16. Heliocentric says:

    For kiddy game reviews try here

    link to

    Probably the best gamer parenting site, my advice? Play the demo yourself, if you think its shit? It is.

  17. Andrew says:

    Amusingly, that site thinks that The Witcher Enhanced Edition is okay for kids over 9.

  18. phuzz says:

    if we’re only allowed to pick animals from the trailer then my vote’s on the penguins

  19. The Archetype says:


  20. James G says:

    @The Hammer

    Gah, not another person with the ‘Tardigrades are for console users.’ I bet you still like the turn-based Onychophora don’t you? Face it, no one likes velvet worms anymore, although at least they don’t have all the DRM you find in the arthropods nowadays. I’m sure the spider I found in our shower the other day was installing rootkits.

  21. Nick says:

    Damn Sony spiders.

  22. The Hammer says:

    I just pirate all my Tardigrades these days, anyway. They’re not worth paying for, and dumbed-down twats.

  23. Therlun says:


  24. Klaus says:

    Rabbits are truly nature’s finest animal.

    Tardigrades – if I had a crippling constitution, the sight of them alone would have made me throw up. I’m sure rabbit’s could live a decade without water, absorb radiation and survive space vacuums if they put their asses into gear.

    Wikipedia is sometimes useful.

  25. tellus says:

    Fanboys. They think they’re people! So adorable.

  26. Idle Threats and Bad Poetry says:


    BADGERS?? We don’t need no STINKIN’ BADGERS!

  27. Jeremy says:


    Although tardigrades seem quite cool.

  28. Xilnold says:

    Do sharks count as an animal?

  29. Kieron Gillen says:

    Yes, but squids don’t. Squids aren’t animals.