It's in the details; taking control of a speeding jeep, and a battalion of penguins should be seriously fun. But with bad jeep physics and the aforementioned camera angle, it's just too annoying to keep the four wheels on the track. With some chums involved in some of the multiplayer mini-games, the bar is raised slightly - but only just. And at times, the joy of the free-roaming environments is overpowered by the lack of plot and game direction.
The Madagascar experience should probably be confined to the cinema only.