March of the Penguins was an excellent documentary; both funny and touching with great narration from the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman. Not, however, a movie that triggered the thought "wow, this is just begging to be made into a game", so perhaps it is no surprise that its DS incarnation is a poor offering for either child or adult players.
However if you have been hankering for some penguiny action after the equally disappointing Happy Feet then it may interest you to know that Cool Shop are selling March of the Penguins for just £6.99, which offers an amazing saving of nearly £20 compared to the next best price of £24.97 from Game Seek.
The game presents you with puzzle based challenges to navigate in order to lead your penguins through the harsh trials they face in their life in the Antartic. Most are Lemmings style; seeing you safely herd the penguins across the icy tundra as they relentlessly march onwards. Others see you engaged in a search for snowflakes (though why penguins would need to do this when they living in Antarctica is never addressed).
The main problem with March of the Penguins is that it is just too tricky, especially for the young audience it is bound to appeal to. The touch screen controls are dreadful, making the game fiddly and even harder, especially in conjunction with the useless map. And in the instances that the game is not too difficult, it is just not very entertaining.
Thanks to lucerysmum at Hotukdeals!