Kung Fu Panda

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured

7 Comments 9 Votes 2781 Views 25/06/2008 Back to Reviews

Kung Fu Panda

A Review - By Gaetano Prestia

Games that are generally thrown out the door to coincide with the release of a film fail to reach the quality of the film they’re based on. However, in recent times things have changed. The Lord of the Rings, Hulk and Spider-man games and even the recent Speed Racer have all been decent-to-good games that are very much against the argument that all games based off films suck.

You can now also add Kung Fu Panda to that group. While it’s not one of the longest games out there (it can be completed by even the most novice of gamers in about 3 hours), it offers a largely entertaining, yet time-limited, experience. It’s a platformer that is, while mainly aimed at a younger crowd, open to all types of gamers, even the most hardcore. I have no doubt that Kung Fu Panda will probably go down as a cult classic, as it offers an intuitive, humours and original experience.

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is based off the upcoming computer animated Dreamworks Pictures film of the same name. The film stars Jack Black as the voice-actor of Po, an energetic yet under-appreciated Panda with an undeniable passion for Kung Fu. This game probably won’t suit anyone who considers themselves to be more then the “casual gamer”. It’s far too short and doesn’t offer enough in terms of challenge and enemies to warrant a purchase. I couldn’t imagine anyone playing Metal Gear Solid 4 and then throwing Kung Fu Panda into their PS3.

Kung Fu Panda

The game is set out across 13 levels in which you lead Po the Panda to ultimate glory and recognition as a Dragon Warrior. While the games goals and puzzles are very simplistic and clearly aimed at a younger audience, the titles gameplay mechanics must be applauded. Po’s large weight is taken to advantage and can be used against enemies and it’s great that Luxoflux have made this game more than just a button-mashing beat em’ up, but instead a title filled with combos and unique attacks. Po can roll around like a bowling and known down enemies, jump up and perform a special attack to temporarily knock down foes or even kick up an enemy and continue to punch and kick him while he tumbles into the air. What the developer has done here is create a great platformer for kids that doesn’t insult their intelligence or wants. The actual character gameplay and combat isn’t so simplistic but it isn’t that complex either. It falls perfectly right in-between.

Kung Fu Panda

Graphically, Kung Fu Panda is impressive. While I haven’t seen the movie myself so I have nothing to compare it too, it looks as good as I expect the film to look. The lighting effects and draw distance are great and there is barely, if any at all, screen tear.

Beyond the single-player game there are a few multiplayer games that are good fun although they’re offline. However, they probably aren’t at all that much worth it for anyone over 12 years old and aren’t anywhere near as entertaining as the main game itself.

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is an example of how each game based off a movie should be in terms of quality. The graphics are great, the gameplay is fun and the title as a whole is perfect for the younger gamer.

Kung Fu Panda

Platform: PS3 / Xbox / DS
 
Vote for this article Log in with Facebook

Gameplay

8.5
Extremely accessible and a lot of fun and there’s plenty of variety in the moves.

Graphics

7.5
It looks the way you’d think it should look and that’s colourful, bright and shiny.

Sound

7.0
The voice acting is good although not all of the major actors from the film make an appearance.

Value

3.0
As expected, this kiddie title doesn’t offer much in terms of length and can be finished in about 3 hours. However, those who finish it may want to go back again to collect everything and experience the entertaining combat once more.

Overall

7.0
Kung Fu Panda is the perfect gift for anyone between the ages of 5 and 12 and might even entertain the older crowd if they’re willing to experience something aimed at a younger crowd.

More Info on Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda
Game Profile: Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda Australian Release: Out Now

Kung Fu Panda Comments

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
Another nice review Gaetano! But it doesnt really look like my type of game.
Great review Gaetano
this game isnt on mylist though
I thought it was alright, but a bit kiddy.
Anyway, great review Tano mate
was this even a game ? i never heard of it

skua said: was this even a game ? i never heard of it



What does that post even mean? lol clearly it's a game if I reviewed it and you'd know that if *gasp* you read it

Gaetano said:


skua said: was this even a game ? i never heard of it


What does that post even mean? lol clearly it's a game if I reviewed it and you'd know that if *gasp* you read it

thats crazy talk Gaetano
this game is pretty good multyplayer is great aswell

Post a comment

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kung Fu Panda

Recently Read

Featured PS3 Content

The Last Of Us: Remastered - Picking it up?

The Last Of Us: Remastered - Picking it up?

29/07/2014 Polls 20 15
GTA V for PS4, Xbox One & PC NOT delayed - Rockstar

GTA V for PS4, Xbox One & PC NOT delayed - Rockstar

Gryllis 9 hours News 2 7
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a standalone expansion

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a standalone expansion

Gryllis 10 hours News 0 5
Friendly Fire Show 67: Whizz-bang McGoogle Edition

Friendly Fire Show 67: Whizz-bang McGoogle Edition

Podcast 11 hours Articles 0 3
Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King DLC review
PaulV 3 days Reviews 0 7
Minecraft on Xbox One and PS4 is super cheap

Minecraft on Xbox One and PS4 is super cheap

Tano 3 days News 13 4
Assassin

Assassin's Creed Unity delayed into November

Gryllis 3 days News 3 8
Resident Evil Remake looks so much better in HD

Resident Evil Remake looks so much better in HD

Gryllis 3 days News 19 8
Changes could see Steam, mobile games rated in Aus

Changes could see Steam, mobile games rated in Aus

Gryllis 4 days News 3 5

Community Content

Awesome Gaming Stuff of Tomorrow, Today!

Awesome Gaming Stuff of Tomorrow, Today!

01/08/2014 Blog 5 0

MMGN Updates

Status
Updating..
Username

commented on More screens of the New Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL

punk 1 hour ago
Username

Pilot, Patrick812, 1wiierdguy and other 3 users commented on Is there a place for the New 3DS in 2015 (especially if there aren't many exclusive games)?

Pilot 1 hour ago
Username

Josh posted a news - Persona 5 To Both PS4 and PS3

Josh 2 hours ago
Username

Blak is now Level 17!

Blak 4 hours ago
Username

Daniel369 is now Level 6!

Daniel369 7 hours ago
Username

Bree, Axeman commented on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Double Pass Giveaway!

Bree 8 hours ago
Username

Dusty Lids, surfdude commented on Xenoblade Chronicles coming only to "New 3DS"

Dusty Lids 8 hours ago
Username

The Last Story is now sold!

Zangetsu21 9 hours ago