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I bought this game because of it's easy 1000G, there's nothing like playing a kids game to get some easy score for your Xbox Gamertag, and i couldn't resist. The achievements are mostly for getting 100% on each of the missions, so to do this you need to get all collectables and complete all objectives. These are very easy to do and children should have no problem, so us Achievement Hunters will find it very easy. I completed the game in 3 days but the more dedicated gamer with time on their hands could easily finish this in a day. For that reason longevity is an issue, and once you've completed the storyline, there's nothing else.
There is all the humour and storyline from the film and if anything, more because you can play as other characters from the film rather than just Po, so you get to explore the other sides to the storyline like saving the 5 kung fu masters while playing as Master Shifu. The game is easy to get used to with only simple controls but unless you've got a guide you will really struggle to find all the collectables yourself. I noticed that after just 10 minutes without a guide on the first (the easiest mission) I was really struggling to find ways to reach hidden coins etc.
The game's physics are slightly off when using things like catapults and the panda quake. When firing from the catapults aiming directly at a target does not always mean you're going to hit it, and adjustments regularly need to be made. Panda quake is also a hit and miss, whereby belly flopping on the floor can sometimes hit far enemies but nearer enemies sometimes aren't affected. It seems to be more luck based that you will kill enemies rather than skill and timing of the action.
There are a few glitches and exploits in the game such as using panda roll to collect endless amounts of coins on certain missions, and glitches where you can go through walls and see inside buildings you shouldn't. The camera doesn't get stuck there though, and it just makes the game feel a little less "well built" but these glitches are not common, and are only really an issue if you look for this sort of stuff. I'm sure children won't be bothered by this.
Overall its a great kids game, it has everything from the movie rather than being an annoying spin off game, and on top of being a fun kids game, it's got easy achievements so people like me can boost their score pretty quickly. A highly recommended game, for whatever you're playing it for.
When I received Kung Fu Panda for XBOX 360 for Christmas it's safe to say that I was dubious. In the past I have always found film tie in games to be boring, unexciting attempts to cash-in on the film's popularity. Therefore when I put the disc into my Xbox on a boring Boxing Day morning, I wasn't expecting much. I was therefore thrilled to discover that Kung Fu Panda is actually a really decent game. Obviously it's aimed at younger gamers so the controls are fairly basic, but that's never a bad thing. It means that you can pick them up easily and can get on with the very important business of kung fu-ing everything in sight rather than reaching for the manual every time an obstacle appears.
Each of the levels of the game are different, which keeps the game interesting, and means that you don't become bored after the first twenty minutes. My personal favourite (as you may have guessed from the headline) is the level in which you have to jump around on giant lily pads kicking crocodiles in the face as you go - unbelievably satisfying.
In essence, the controls are easy to pick up, the game has variety and isn't difficult to follow, and offers about the right level of challenge for the target market (although this can be altered if required). Kung Fu Panda is a very enjoyable game and I am not ashamed to admit that after a hard day I like to throw myself into my gaming chair and spend some time kicking crocodiles.
== KUNG FU PANDA 2 ==
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a video game based on a movie which is also called Kung Fu Panda. Kung Fu Panda 2 is a fighting game mixed with a lot of mini games and party elements. I will start by saying that Kinect is required to play this on the Xbox 360 version. I have had my Kinect for about a year now and it definitely helps you get fit. Kung Fu Panda 2 is available on a wide range of systems as well as the Xbox 360. When I first heard about Kung Fu Panda 2 being released as Kinect only I thought i'd give it a shot. I like fighting games for the Kinect because they make you do a lot in terms of a workout. To be honest its not anywhere near as good as Fighters Uncaged for the Kinect which I also have. The story to Kung Fu Panda 2 isn't that bad but the game is let down everywhere else.
The game centers around the silly giant panda called Po who thinks of himself as a role model and a fantastic kung fu panda. He dreams of being the best kung fu panda in the whole land but the only things that stand in his way is his carelessness and the fact hes overweight. The game is set after the events of the movie and to be honest it seems a little weird doing things like this. After taking down Lord Shen's army Po and the rest of the furious five find that there now up against an evil menacing group known by the name of the Komodo dragon mercenaries. Po along with the help of the Kung Fu masters must uncover the truth and finall put an end to all the evil in the land. Can Po along with his friends finally rid the land of evil?
=== GAMEPLAY ===
I Have to start by saying the gameplay to the game is extremely poor for any type of game and its also very unimaginative because its all been done before and not very different from other games. The whole of the game HAS to be played with Kinect. Do not buy the game if you don't have a Kinect for the Xbox 360. You play as Po in the game who isn't all that bad as a character. There are a lot of movies and talking in the game which does help the story to be a little better than most things. Usually after some talking is a fight. The fighting is ridiculously poor and the controls to the fighting are atrocious and they're very annoying through the whole of the game. To punch you have to punch straight forward. I found that a few times when I wanted to punch straight forward Po would actually block to my right. To block with Po you usually have to wait for it to pop on screen saying 'defend'. Then when it does you have to move your hands to which ever place on screen is indicated. My Kinect is set up perfectly because of the card you get with the Kinect but the controls are that bad its always messing up. Also there aren't any other different types of punching on the game. There are a couple of other attacks such as a few kick moves and a select few special moves. To execute the normal kick moves you have to kick forward or sideways. The kicks aren't that bad but it does get far too repetitive. Specials are told as you learn them. You also do learn a couple of other moves as you progress through the game but there isn't much difference with what you start with. Also you can block incoming attacks from your enemies by swinging left or swinging right with your arms when indicated which sometimes lead to counter attacks.
Po has different fighting styles that can be changed before each fight. These styles give Po different moves and techniques. Also later Po learns the dodge ability to dodge enemies with unblockable attacks. The game does feature a fair few mini games that are actually quite fun and very competitive. Some of the mini games you encounter are things like cooking. Cooking noodles is one of my favourites because it involves waving your arms as fast as you can and pretending to throw them at your TV. You have to grab bowls, stir and throw them at the right customer (you can tell by the coloured signs they hold). There are other games such as riding a rickshaw in a rickshaw race. Try and get in front of your opponents by moving right or left, jumping and ducking whilst trying to pick up speed. You must dodge as much junk on screen at once. Hitting stuff will only slow you down. There are also quite a few other mini games that pop up whilst playing through the main mode. The game only has two proper game modes that are playable. One being the story mode which is where all of the above take place and the other is called free play mode. Free play is okay for a limited time but it gets as boring as the main mode in the game and isn't at all that different. You can also alter options from the main menu and choose whether to have subtitles on or not. That is pretty much everything for gameplay features. Its not a fantastic game by all means but it is more aimed at kids but I still think that they would get bored if they played this for a couple of hours straight.
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
The graphics for the game are overall very weak. I would have to say that the only decent looking part to this game was Po the kung fu panda. Hes designed really well and looks exactly like he does from the movies. The other characters don't really make any sort of impact and in my opinion look very weak along with the weak level designs. Almost every level look ridiculously average and they also look far too alike. There isn't much in terms of scenery and on the odd occasion when your fighting there are a few glitches with the graphics. Sometimes you can notice that when Po kicks you see his foot going through the enemies body instead of just hitting it. Overall the game is very poor graphically and lacks any real quality.
The sound effects are actually fairly good for this game. The game is voice activated and you can control things by saying something through your Kinect. Its mainly used for when you want to summon the Furious Five for assistance. Also the same voices are used from the movie and it suits the game well. The music is quite good and fits well into the game. The mini game sound effects sound a lot better than what the fighting effects sound like but all in all its a decent attempt in terms of sound quality and I felt it sounded okay.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
The game starts off as the easiest game I have ever played. I found myself zooming through most of the levels and to be honest its far too simple. It does get a little harder as you get further but its not really a challenge for someone who loves playing games in their spare time. The game gets a little harder when Po needs to learn how to dodge unblockable attacks. It does get confusing and a few time I still found myself trying to block the attacks. After a while I got the hang of it and the game became easy again. The mini games are far too easy and even amateur gamers and kids will make this look easy but they are a lot of fun. Progressing through the game is simple enough because you cant get misguided or anything like that. The controls for the game are simple and it basically involves you having to jump around and move your arms in different directions. Overall the game is very easy.
The length of the game sounds actually really good but its not. There are a total of 24 levels if you include the ending sequence. 24 levels doesn't sound at all that bad but when I say it took me a little over 2 hours to complete then it sounds as bad as it is. 2 hours for a game that costs almost nothing is bad but for a game that's fairly expensive is absolutely ridiculous. Some levels can be completed in less than 10 minutes. The mini games don't last long enough and overall the game is just extremely poor in terms of length.
=== ACHIEVEMENTS ===
The achievements for Kung Fu Panda 2 are actually really good. Whilst the game is really poor you can actually get a 1000 gamerscore without any problems. The main reason I buy games like these is to top my gamerscore up because I'm what they call an 'Achievement Hunter'. Games like Kung Fu Panda, Cars or anything like that are simple for achievements. I played this game for 2 hours straight and by the time I had completed it I had about 41 of the 47 available achievements. There are a lot of achievements to get but they're not at all challenging to get.
=== GOOD BITS ===
*The story to the game is actually rather interesting and the game is quite funny at times.
*Some of the mini games are fun to play and do make the game a little better than what it is.
*Some of the sound effects are funny, they stand out and make the game great in that aspect.
*Gets you a little fitter with all the kicking, punching, jumping and stuff via the Kinect.
=== BAD BITS ===
*Absolutely atrocious gameplay features and graphics.
*Far too simple and the game is extremely small for this type of game.
*Kinect doesn't work so good for this game and it would of been a lot better if it was played with controller.
*Far too many cutscenes in the whole game and not enough game time.
*Its expensive for such a terrible game.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Kung Fu Panda 2 in my eyes is a poor game and more and more games that are released for the Kinect are getting equally as poor. The game does not work at all well with the Kinect and I think THQ have ruined the game franchise now. The first game was actually quite good because it was platform games many gamers could love but now its more like a fighting game full with mini games and useless challenges.
The game has an age rating of 7+ mainly because it does contains bits that might be inappropriate for younger gamers. It contains fighting and could also be hard for young ones to use the Kinect. The game manual is just as bad as the game and offers very little. The game is fairly new but I was lucky enough to get it from Gamestation using my Elite card and it only cost me £5.60 after that. The game usually retails around the £30 mark and to be perfectly honest its not even worth the £5.60 I paid for it.
I don't think I would recommend this at all to be fair. If you have a Kinect and want something to keep you fit then go for Kinect Sports. If you want a fighting game for the Kinect go for Fighters Uncaged. If you want a fighting game for the Kinect but for your children then I would recommend waiting for a decent one to come out because the Kinect is taking over and there will be many more available in time. Overall the game does have a few glimpses of greatness but its not enough.
Overall Kung Fu Panda 2 is weak and a very poor game. I would give the game a miserable 3/10!
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A game based on a film with the same title, I was honestly surprised at how good this game was; mainly due to the poor quality movie-games generally display. I picked this one up as one of my first 360 games (may of been the first) and actually enjoyed it after thinking I made a poor choice originally.
The graphics of the game are quite impressive, much better than a lot of other games based on films. There are plenty of great landscapes and scenes that showcase how great a job the creators did with this game - and it deserved it considering the movie was very good as well.
The story itself is very similar to the movie, however has a few extra scenes included in order to extend it's length a little. You begin the game playing with Po, the main character (fat panda), but as your progress through you are able to take control of other characters such as the furious five. You progress through a number of levels, taking roughly 20-30 minutes each to complete, collecting weapons off the ground to attack enemies, gaining extra powers for Po and trying out new combo's - defeating enemies. The game is rather short, however it's a fun adventure and provides for some good excitement, not limited to young children either!
The multiplayer mode which consists of bonus levels and mini games is a little on the poor side, it is a fair step down from the main story as it really doesn't provide much.
For those of you that are into gaining a tone of achievements, they are VERY easy to come by in this game - for the short time it takes in completing this game you'll receive a fair boost to your Gamer Score.
I regard this as one of the better movie/video games, slightly behind my personal favourite G-Force. The story is quite entertaining, if you loved the movie this one is worth picking up. It presents little to no replay value, so a rent or pickup at a cheap price may be the way to go.
Kung fu panda is a game for the xbox 360 based off of the film of the same name. Most games based on films are usually realy bad though for once it is not the case.
The games story is pretty much the same as the film. It revolves around a fat panda named po who dreams of becoming a great kung-fu master. He eventually is discovered to be the chosen dragon warrior and at the end he defeats the main boss Tai Lung who is a white snow leopard. A few things have been added to the story to make the game longer.
The single player story mode involves going through levels and defeating enemy's. There are many combo's in the game many of which must be bought. The missions are quite long taking around 20 minuites to complete each. There are many upgrades such as upgrading po's strong attack, hitpoints, quick attack, panda quake, panda stumble and many more. Combo's and outfits can also be purchased. Weapons such as wooden staffs can be picked up off the ground and used to attack.
There are several multiplayer bonus games including a deathmatch mode and a survival mode. These modes are much worse then the single player story so multiplayer is not very enjoyable.
The graphics are also pretty good with some nice looking landscapes. All round it is a fun single player game that will take from 6 to 10 hours to complete.
Kung Fu Panda has to be the most surprising game I have ever played - this is the first film based game I have played that I really enjoyed! I received this game in a double pack with Lego Indiana Jones so didn't really intend on purchasing it however I would recommend most people to go out there and buy it!
The graphics in the game aren't bad at all and throughout there are voice clips from numerous characters in the film.
In the game you play mostly as the character 'Po' - the panda, however on some levels you play as different characters such as there is one level where you will take on the role of a bird to fly through the sky avoiding enemies and lightning bolts from the clouds. This variation of characters makes the game even more brilliant as it breaks things up a bit.
The game can be set to a difficulty setting however I would advise most people to set this to normal or hard, as easy would literally be a walk in the park and could get boring.
Levels where you play as Po consist of you solving quite simple puzzles and fighting your way to the end of each level. There are a few bosses throughout the game but these aren't too hard to defeat. Throughout levels there are fireworks hidden, which can add to the challenge of the game.
As part of the game you can upgrade your skills to basically be more effective in combat. Also costumes are available to purchase so you can change what Po is wearing.
Kung Fu Panda took me approximately 7 hours to complete and I would rate myself about an average gamer.
Achievements on this game are not too difficult to get and if you are looking to boost your gamer score I would definitely recommend this one.
Overall I would recommend most people to pick this game up however if you're really not into slightly slow paced games and would rather be shooting zombies all the time then it would probably best to steer clear of this one. Otherwise well worth trying!
Kung Fu Panda is a game based on a film, and as a general rule these games dont fare to well, infact they're usually a flop. Kung Fu Panda managed to break the routine.
The single player campaign involves fighting through a series of levels using your kung fu skills, doing better and better combos to defeat enemies. The game has 2 basic attacks, fast and strong, these can be mixed up to create effective combos.
The levels are fairly long, taking the player around 30 minutes or so to complete each one, you should be able to complete the game in a day or so, but its good fun in the meantime.
The multiplayer mode is 2-4 players, but is entirely based on mini-games, there is a survival mode were the players must survive as long as possible against countless odds, and another mini-game in a similar style to Super Smash Bros. stages. The multiplayer mode is quite boring, most of the mini-games arent worth playing.
Really this game is very entertaining, but probably wont hold your attention after you've completed the story mode.
Reasons For Purchasing Kung Fu Panda.
Kung Fu Panda came along free in our Xbox 360 package at Christmas. I thought it would be a great game for my children to play and choose this package for them. I had a little play with this game also when we first bought it, but I cleared it in one day. I guess it really is a childs game, as I am not usually good at games like this one, but I found it really fun, addictive and the graphics where just excellent on it.
This game is more or less similar to the movie. I never have been that impressed with movie games really, as they usually are not that great to play, but this one is surprisingly good. It has some of the characters from the movie in it, but the main one is a black-eyed panda bear called Po. It really has beautiful settings in this little game, from oriental plants and woodland, to real water effects and even the fur on the animals is amazing and so life like to me. I really was amazed with the graphics to this little game when I first ever played it.
There are 13 different levels to this game. It takes me roughly 20 minutes to clear a level I find and I am not a gamer. You have the role of being Po, but can choose a few other characters also. Well Po thinks he is the best Kung-Fu fighter around and has to convince the five fighters, their leader, and himself, that he is deserving of the title "Dragon Warrior" The game itself is a very good 3d platform game in my opinion and you have many moves and different things to tackle on your way. As well as fighting of your little enemies also, you have to collect shiny green coins and many different items on your travels also. The coins can be used for upgrades, but the game really needs to be played a few times to collect enough coins to unlock everything.
This game is a great single player game in my opinion, but the game also includes a multiplayer mode with new levels and different characters. In addition, the game features new bosses including the Great Gorilla, the Wu Sisters and many more cute little characters. The multiplayer modes have support for up to four players, so it is a great opportunity for my family to play together I find and my two younger daughters like playing it together also.
The controls for all the different moves on this game are very easy indeed. The X does all your faster attacks and the Y controls your power, type moves. As you play along, it teaches you different, but useful attacks to learn in battles. These different moves are great fun to do and one move lets Po do belly flops, which is great fun to watch. I think younger children will pick up these moves very quickly and with more playing of this game, they will be learning different combinations as they go along and in no time at all, like I did.
There is plenty of small badies to fight along the way also in this game and a few bigger ones in each different level of the game. Po fights off characters such as crocodiles and gorillas, but saves cute little animals also, like rabbits and turtles. Every character is really colourful and in incredible animation indeed.
This game is really fun to play and you really think you are in the actual movie itself I find. The characters, the scenes and just about everything are so close to the actual movie, that you really will be amazed by it all. It does not take long to complete this game on the easy level I can say, but even playing it at the hardest level, I found it leaves you wanting a little bit more from it really.
A Slight Problem I Came Across:
One big problem I found with this game was the camera angle. It is so annoying. Although it is fully mobile, it tends to focus far too closely on your character which stops you from seeing stages completely. Because many of the stages have environmental puzzles, this becomes a very big problem I have found and there is no way to manually take off or adjust the zoom out function on this either. This would be the only downside to this game, but it can be annoying sometimes not being able to see past your character properly.
The sound to this game is really good and features some great voice acting as well as beautiful oriental background music like in the movie itself. I suppose the voice actors are not the original cast from the movie, but they really sound the same to me. The voice of Po in particular, sounds really like Jack Black, but I have found no evidence on the game's casing that says it is him. I would not be surprised if it was actually his real voice. Overall the background music is very clear, really good quality and relaxing to listen to.
My Overall Opinion:
Overall Kung Fu Panda is one of the best little Movie games I have ever played. Everything works well together on it and the whole game is really fun to play. It really is marketed at younger children, but as an adult, I found it great fun, but quite easy. I would say a child as young as five could play this game. I really would recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a game for younger children. This game is certainly it. It is fun, really enjoyable, the graphics are excellent and the whole feeling of the game is great and highly enjoyable. The best children's Movie game to date in my opinion. Thumbs up from me. I will give this little game 4 out 5. One star deducted for the annoying camera angle that blocks out views.
This game is now available online at Amazon for just under £20. If you are buying the X-box package it comes free with it. (Well it did at Christmas but might have changed)
This game really surprised me. I borrowed it from my friend who had it free from a bundle pack, and really didn't expect much good to come from it. But I was willing to give it a go. Being a game aimed at young children, I donned my kid-hat and jumped right in. This is the game of the film by the same name, and features all the voice actors from the film and follows pretty much the same storyline.
The combat system is pretty fun and, if you weren't a giant panda voiced by Jack Black, it could be mistaken for being a more renowned game like Ninja Gaiden, that and the lack of swords and maiming. It's quite simple to control, which is great for young'uns, with combos being able to be achieved easily. By easily I do mean easily, I'm terrible at games were combos are necessary.
This game is also quite entertaining, especially for kids, with the script being light hearted and funny. It'll definitely keep the games demographic amused. The graphics are also pretty good, better than the usual games that are released in conjunction with films.
The game can be a little repetitive, however, which isn't too bad for us childish grown-ups. But I can see younger players perhaps getting frustrated by this.
The game also features multiplayer modes, offline only, that can be unlocked by collecting gems in the normal campaign mode. There's a basic brawl mode where you fight against each other, but also there are several different kind of mini games as well
All in all though it's a fun little game, and I can see it captivating children a fair bit. I myself ended up playing it through a couple of times to get all the achievements.
I think it's safe to assume that everybody's initial thoughts on Activision's Kung Fu Panda game is that it's specifically for children. Is it though ? Can it be considered purchase-worthy ?
The majority of Kung Fu Panda game owners received this game in a bundle entertainment pack accompanied by Lego Indiana Jones when purchasing an Xbox 360 console; a smart marketing move to begin with. The bundle package has generated enough interest to attract genuine attention to the Kung Fu Panda game - ultimately displayed with this review, and you, the readers.
The first noticeable pro of this game is that the graphics are respectable and above the expectations I'd laid down. You're controlling several characters throughout this game, whether it be the overbearing yet hilarious Po, master Shifu or the kung-fu experts that are the Furious Five. Each playable character has distinct differences fitting appropriately with their persona, such as attire and move techniques. You'll be expected to face the enemies movie-watchers have come to hate such as Tai Lung and the Great Gorilla, among others.
The gameplay in Kung Fu Panda is relatively enjoyable and genuinely feels like an old-school platform adventure game. The game is comprised of 13 levels, and while they don't particularly last long, they're short and sweet. It's the usual routine of swinging and jumping to defeat enemies using the face buttons, while blocking has been thrown in for that added security. You'll work your way through the variety of diverse levels, avoiding enemies, boulders, fire and numerous other obstacles.
Overall Activision have created a fairly enjoyable game to coincide with the movie release. Kung Fu Panda is by no means excellent, but it is a pleasant surprise in a gaming world filled with first-person shooters and sporting efforts. While initial thoughts depicted that of a simple children's game, Kung Fu Panda is above that - bringing the old fashioned fun back to gaming, and while the learning curve may be too friendly, it's ultimately a pick up and play game. Whether you're playing it purely to rack up some achievement points, or to be surprised by the short but sweet enjoyment it has to offer, you have to appreciate it for what it is; not a bad game.
As for being worth the purchase, that's up for debate. I think anyone interested should shy away from buying this game individually and should delve onto Ebay where there are many bundle packs available which include Kung Fu Panda as well as Lego Indiana Jones - most of which are priced around the £15 mark. Paying over £15 for simply Kung Fu Panda is too steep due to the short single player, however there is fun to be had so be on the look out for great offers involving this title.
I'm giving it a fair and respectable 6/10.
Kung-fu Panda is not the sort of game I would normally buy but it came free with my Xbox 360 along with Lego Indiana Jones in a bundle pack. I thought this game was going to be quite bad and I was mostly correct!
You play Kung Fu Panda as Po most of the time who is a great big panda and the main character in the movie as well. In the main you jump around and when something tries to attack you, you just press random buttons and you nearly always kill whatever is attacking you! While getting to a certain place and jumping around there are certain objects to collect which is very tedious in some ways. However I imagine the game would appeal to its target audience which would be children who liked the movie.
The game does not last for long even if you collect all the items. It only lasts for a few hours which is quite poor even for modern games! The game would last longer if you played it on all the difficulty levels but I can`t imagine any would want to!
The graphics are quite good but not brilliant. The characters look like they do in the film so that is nice but there is nothing new or different from the film.
The sound is not good or bad really. Jack Black voices Po but the rest of the characters ae not played by the same people as in the movie. The music is good and gives the correct fell to the game.
Overall I would not recommend Kung Fu Panda to serious gamers but would to little children who enjoyed the film. I found the game quite boring and would not play it again any time soon.
No addiction is a pretty sight and neither is mine. I've been known to spend an hour in sweat stinking pits just trying to get a fix. My finger nails hang from bloody digits as I delve into baskets of unwanted junk. I need new computer games and I need bargains! Matters are only made worse as my chosen genres are no longer popular and I am forced to scrounge round the lower rungs of quality - the movie tie in. Worse still, the children's movie tie in. Here is the last bastion of platform gaming amongst the CGI cartoons. Is it worth it? Just to get one more hit from 'Kung Fu Panda', I think it is.
'Kung Fu Panda' is an old fashioned 3D platformer similar to the original 'Jak and Daxter' (but 10 steps back). You play as Po and must follow various scenes from the film in the form of a 3D action platformer. You jump around and can use various face buttons to attack enemies that try to attack you. Each level has a major objective as well as some optional ones. To get the most out of the game you should aim to achieve all the goals. This usually takes the form of collecting various items in the level (a gaming concept that is now mostly out of fashion). You can also collect coins and spend them on power ups.
In terms of simple platforming gameplay 'Kung Fu Panda' just about gets away with it. The controls are ok, but the camera can be awful. Many times I found myself trying to get through a tricky section not being able to see the character. For someone starved of platform action I was able to let it slide and I imagine that small children will like it because of the film. However, the gameplay is outdated and a little lazy - certainly not worth anywhere near £50. (2 out of 5)
With all the characters from the film there are plenty of amusing creatures to entertain the kids. The game does move away slightly from the film at times to allow for more varied levels. However, this is a film in itself that was devoid of any real story and relies almost solely on the characters to push it. This is the case here as without Jack Black voicing Po the game would be redundant. Po is a decent protagonist, but the lack of original dialogue for the rest of the characters makes them dull. (2 out of 5)
By no means is 'Panda' the longest game on the 360 and in fact I completed it in about 7 hours. However, for me any longer and the finite appeal that the game had would have been completely gone. Like many games of its ilk that use old fashioned outdated item collection as a tactic to lengthen the game it also has the dreaded costume unlocks. To get every item available you would have to play through the game on each difficulty level up to three times. This for me is not fun and a false way of extending gameplay. For those 360 owners with a penchant for achievement collection then you will need to play the game several times to get them - once again not fun. (3 out of 5)
Graphically this generation of consoles cannot match the excellence of CGI films, but they can get pretty close. In terms of character models Activision do a good job with 'Panda' as all the creatures look like the film. There is just a lack of ambition when it comes to set pieces that means that there is nothing here but enough to satisfy smaller children - does its job. (3 out of 5)
Possibly the clearest indicator of the lack of ambition in this title is the old school nature of the level design. There are around 10 levels and apart from one set in an ancient temple they all follow the same linear pattern of getting from area A to area B. The only sense of exploration comes in the form of going off the few side areas to pick up objects. The end of level bosses do add something to the game as they are almost like mini games. Speaking of which, there is a set of mini battle arenas in the multiplayer mode that act like a cheap 'Super Smash Brothers Brawl' rip off. (2 out of 5)
Another clunky area is the sound in the game and is due to the money saving option of not hiring all the voice talent from the film. Most noticeably present is Jack Black as Po and he is able to add some life to the game with his introductions and witty asides. However, major talent like Hoffman, Jolie and Chan are all played by people trying to mimic them. Unfortunately they do a pretty poor job and begin to grate. The music is far superior and is from the film giving the required Chinese feel to the game. (2 out of 5)
It came as no surprise to me that 'Kung Fu Panda' turned out to be another cheap cash in on a popular children's cartoon. It lacked quality, ambition and resources in almost every area including its lacklustre level design and use of poor voice acting. The camera suffered at times and the constant coin collecting reminded me of a game from the N64 era. To tell the truth this is no bad thing for me as I loved that era of platform gaming. This is no 'Mario 64' or 'Jak and Daxter', but it was just enough to entertain me for 7 hours. I could not recommend that anyone pay good money for the game unless they have small children interested in gaming and are looking for something suitable. I urge you get one of the Lego games first, but if you see this for £8 it may be worth a chance. (2 out of 5)
Maker: Activision RRP £20
Amazon uk £15.71
Play.com £24.99 (bundle with extra controller and Lego Indy)
Kung fu panda is an xbox 360 game which will bring enjoyment to people of all ages! The children will enjoy the simple but fun gameplay and adults enjoy the humor of the game!
In this game you play as Po (the kung fu panda!) and you have to bash your way through enemies while completing objectives which usually involve collecting a certian number of a specific item.
The gameplay is a lot of fun however the majorities of the enemies you come across are very easy to defeat and you will find that you never really run out of health.
The main story isnt too long with only around 12 or 13 levels but you can play through this game more than once and not get bored. You can make your character better at fighting by increasing his skills using coins which you collect throughout the levels.
the achievements in the game are quite easy to get. You get 20 gamerscore for completing a level 100% which means you have to collect every special item on the level.
overall kung fu panda is a fun game which is probably more suitable for younger people rather than older gamers.
Legend tells of a fearless reviewer who criss-crossed the extremities of the land, from the deserts of the south to the northern wastes, in search of a fabled relic known as an Xbox 360. After many arduous days of searching, his questing was rewarded, and he received the ancient casket reputed to hold the object of his desires. However, upon prising open the box, he saw that the machine was not alone, for underneath it lay a copy of Kung Fu Panda. Our brave hero was wary of the mixed tales of such comes-with-console games, but his finely honed skills and deep-set sense of righteousness led him to play it. Emerging sweat-soaked and battered days later, he scaled the nearest mountain, and spoke of its awesomeness ...
Or, alternatively, here goes with a review of Kung Fu Panda, which is currently available as part of a number of bundled deals with the Xbox 360. I think I'll drop the warrior-speak now, but perhaps my inclination to start off in that manner is an indication of the fact that I really was rather impressed by this game - and suprised, contrary to my assumptions that anything that comes free is unlikely to be much good.
Those have seen the film will find everything in the game extremely familiar, and those who haven't will get quickly up to speed, as the movie is followed very closely here. The game moves along with the original plot nicely, with the player occasionally switching between characters to make this possible, but largely playing as Po, the titular panda. Po is a noodle-maker's son with dreams of being something more - though not blessed with the natural skills or intrinsic self-discipline of a kung-fu master, fortune and luck contrive to give Po the chance to blunder towards his Kung Fu destiny.
The similarities to the film are some of the main strengths of Kung Fu Panda - the visuals are beautifully rendered, and the characters animated perfectly, which together with the original voices really give an impression of taking control of the film, rather than a video game approximation thereof. All the key scenes from the movie are here, with a few neat additions, and the game comes up with some nice variations on gameplay to play out these scenes. For instance, some of the key fight scenes are controlled with a combination of freestyle combat and, where the plot needs something specific to happen, a sequence of responding to on-screen button prompts.
The controls are extremely well-suited to the demands of the game, being intuitive and quick-to-respond, giving the player access to a range of abilities in Po's arsenal, which can be expanded and developed as the game continues. As mentioned earlier, the player occasionally takes control of characters other than Po, such as Chifu and Masters Monkey and Crane - the controls here too function nicely, adapting nicely to the different styles and skills of the characters.
All-in-all, this is simply a really fun game to play - the challenge-level is about right, making it playable and accessible for all ages, while Jack Black's voicing of Po provides plenty of humour. The gameplay is varied in style and pace, the locations beautifully realised and presenting differing challenges while a strong narrative drives the game and really involves the player in Po's journey.
The major negative, however, is that there just isn't enough of all this. A few hours' play could get you through the game, and while thorough exploration of the levels and a desire to complete all of the optional objectives within them may add a couple more onto this, there isn't that much hidden away to keep you going for much longer. It's a real shame that, with the game being so fun to play, there's mininal replay-factor; when you've completed the game, it's unfortunate that it just ends. Having spent time building up the abilities and appearance of your character over the game, and attained the status of a Kung Fu Master, you don't get the chance to enjoy this - replaying previously visited levels puts you back in them in the state you had obtained at the time, losing your hard-won progress.
The levels are often rather short, finishable in fifteen minutes or so, and there's very little in terms of hidden content - rare coins and statuettes unlock extras, but I personally felt little motivation to go back for those I'd missed. This is a really enjoyable, superbly designed game that provides several hours of top-notch gaming - but little beyond that, which is a pity, given the obvious effort that's gone into creating it and the results this has yielded. Nonetheless, if you get this game bundled with the console, you'll get plenty out of it - otherwise, it might be better to rent rather than buy.
Kungfu panda on the xbox 360 is incredible.
it is a martial art game based on the film 'Kungfu panda'
i found the game quite frustrating at times, but once i have finished the level i had a instant reaction to carry on and try the rest of the levels, no matter how frustrated i got. the game takes you through some of the film as well, if you have seen the film you will recognise some of the levels and sences.
throught out the levels you have to face tai lungs gang and defeate them throught martial art fighting and skills you pick up on the way, the game is really fun and rewarding in a way.
once you start playing the game it is hard to stop it is that gripping, throught out the game the levels do get harder and it may take longer than 10 minutes to understand some of the levels, so people with no pacience be warned thsi is not the game for you.
Based on the DreamWorks Animation high-octane martial arts movie Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda the Game takes you on an action-packed adventure through the movie and beyond. Battle against Tai Lung and his minions, navigate awesome environments, and overcome dangerous obstacles on your quest to become the legendary Dragon Warrior. May contain pandas.