Madagascar: Operation Penguin

released on Oct 28, 2005

The zany penguins from Disney's MADAGASCAR: OPERATION PENGUIN movie return in Activision's MADAGASCAR: OPERATION PENGUIN for the GBA. The Penguins plot to escape from the zoo and, in the progress, rope other animal into their crazy plot. Like in the movie, the penguins want out of the New York zoo. As the game opens, the crack team of penguin escapees has put the finishing details on their escape plan, which involved digging a tunnel under the zoo and all the way to Antarctica. Of course, this isn't as easy as it sounds, and the penguins will need a number of supplies, items, and help. And along the way, they also intercept a group of four lost animals on their way to the island of Madagascar. Gamers take control of Private Penguin, who is assigned a number of missions to accomplish. He begins with a few standard attack and jumping moves, but as the game progresses, he will learn more powerful attacks and abilities like sliding. He will also find several useful gadgets to defeat enemies with. The four main characters from the MADAGASCAR: OPERATION PENGUIN movie show up at times, as well. While gamers of all ages will enjoy the crazy penguin antics, the difficulty of the game is aimed at younger gamers. The puzzles, challenges, and levels are just right for young fans of MADAGASCAR: OPERATION PENGUIN, and the MADAGASCAR: OPERATION PENGUIN will provide hours of wacky penguin entertainment.


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I forgot I had this game till I found my dog chewing on the cartridge of it. Liked it as a kid, but who the hell knows if it holds up today or not.

Madagascar: Operation Penguin is an average platformer starring (in)famous penguins from "Madagascar". The platforming is decent at first, and you unlock many abilities throughout the game that can aid platforming and you can use them to get more medals from previous levels for 100% completion. There's a little bit of variety, like when you play a dance mini-game as melman, and ride Marty and hide in crates, similar to the GBA Madagascar or play as Alex, but for the majority of the game you play as Private. Each level has a set amount of medals, each 100 increases your maximum health, with it capping at 10, however the game isn't very difficult. I mean, you can increase max health a few times, but otherwise it isn't worth going for 100% completion, and there are plenty of healing items in levels. I did actually 100% this game unlike some other licensed games so far, but it doesn't unlock anything, it's just for bragging rights, I guess? I dunno who you would brag about that to though. As I said, the platforming was decent at first, but it became fairly repetetive with later levels, being pretty straightforward levels with little variety.
The graphics go for a pre-rendered style similar to DKC games, which Vicarious Visions did for other DreamWorks movie licensed games as well, and it looks decent, though certain elements can look iffy. The music is also decent, the title screen theme is a jam and I like to put it on background sometimes, and the level completion jingle is one of my favorite most satisfying jingles ever, but some music tracks can be repetitive, mostly because the levels can drag a bit, especially if you're collecting all medals. Some dialogue lines can be pretty funny.
Overall, this is about what you'd expect from a licensed GBA game, not a bad time but nothing special, really.
Fun fact: This is the only GBA game that I know that features a loading screen, with a blue screen with "PLEASE WAIT". This screen appears before cutscenes that use stills from the movie.

This game was brutal to 7 year old me, though I did end up 100%ing it lol.

bit my sister once because she tried to steal this game.

My dad, Sam Fishy, once snuck into the CIA and stole all their ice cream.