Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie GameCube

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Nintendo Power
    The lighting effects are truly stunning. The sound is also top-notch. [Feb 2006, p.96]
  2. There are countless tense moments playing as Jack and my only complaint is not playing as the featured star more than we were given the opportunity.
  3. The production values are amazing with top-notch graphics and sound found nearly everywhere. Though the game runs a little short – we played a little over six hours – you'll have a blast every step of the way.
  4. One of the most enjoyable if short-lived gameplay experiences. The game is practically a work of art, but that may not be enough for everyone.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The most impressive element of the game, though, is Skull Island itself. Grand and gorgeous, the environments never repeat, and the adventure never slackens. [Jan 2006, p.116]
  6. Minus the camera issues with Kong, whose gameplay is more of a "tension-breaker" than a titular role, Peter Jackson's King Kong on the current-gen consoles is definitely a must play!
  7. Not so much a game as an experience. Simply put, it's emotional, exciting, scary at times, and terribly fun.
  8. Game Informer
    Graphically, it's a masterpiece. [Jan 2006, p.136]
  9. A pretty fun game, although it does feel a bit dragged out and repetitive once in a while. There isn't an auto-save either, so you'll need to remember to save frequently, which can be done from the pause menu.
  10. 85
    These are some of the best graphics you'll ever see. Your first confrontation with the V-Rex (yes, that's what Peter J. is calling it) will be very, very memorable.
  11. 84
    While the experience is short-lived, the seven or so hours of gameplay you get from it are truly amazing and for once, I can say a film-to-game conversion has successfully been achieved.
  12. While it is a little short, doesn't have a whole lot to offer after you beat it, and can be difficult, it's a great ride the first few times through. Again, if you find yourself playing first-person shooters of all kinds, then this game is for you.
  13. The sense of immersion is increased by the game's first-person perspective and an absence of on-screen clutter. There is no health gauge blocking your view; if a dinosaur bites you, your vision blurs, indicating that one more bite will kill you.
  14. The game is short, but still fun.
  15. By movie-to-game standards, King Kong is an instant classic. Just don't hold it to any greater standard.
  16. It won't take you long to blow through King Kong, but its sometimes thrilling, often tense, and always entertaining adventure is absolutely worth checking out.
  17. King Kong really gives you what it promises. Unfortunately, it doesn't give you much more. The game can be beat in about 10 hours, and there isn't much reason to play more after that.
  18. It's simply good fun from beginning to end - like an unexpectedly violent Disneyland ride.
  19. Edge Magazine
    This dazzling, determinedly populist experience was not made according to the standards other games are made by, and when judged – or even just described – by those standards, it might seem slender to the point of frailty. [Christmas 2005, p.101]
  20. The graphics and sound are utterly superb, providing a huge level of atmosphere.
  21. 80
    A short but memorable game packed with high-level artistic aesthetics and production values. If you have a stereo system, be sure to play Kong through it. It sounds incredible!
  22. Certain aspects of the game work brilliantly although (such as the ecology) with the world of Skull Island coming to life quite naturally. It does tend to drag a bit in places and the pacing can be less than consistant but overall its a good title.
  23. If the environments were more open, if there was more variety to the puzzles, if the game lasted longer, if ..., then you could have had the best game of the year here.
  24. 80
    An atmospheric first-person adventure that is plagued by its length and sometimes rigid flow.
  25. Moving to the highest rank of film-game complements (it's more than a "spin-off"), King Kong comes highly recommended. It's best to see the film first, but the game also stands alone in its own right as a fantastic experience. It's gorgeous, wonderfully scripted and acted, extremely tense and involving.
  26. A wondrous game. There is little to be upset about except its short length and no extra content, but the rest of the game is fantastic.
  27. 70
    Comes off as an uneven experience, but one with plenty of invigorating moments that make the whole thing feel worth it.
  28. With a rather abrupt final sequence it does seem to rush to its climax, but despite its brevity, this is an unforgettable trip through the realm of Kong.
  29. Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
  30. games(TM)
    King Kong is perhaps a redefinition of the cinematic videogame – entirely based on peaks and troughs of excitement, and devoid of any sense of choice. Just like a movie, but interactive. [Christmas 2005, p.98]

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#13 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 1, 2013
    This game was terrifying. The natives were scary and so were the giant bats and don't even get me started on the giant millipedes! This is theThis game was terrifying. The natives were scary and so were the giant bats and don't even get me started on the giant millipedes! This is the first FPS game I've ever played. The music was great and playing as Kong was very fun, especially in New York City. Full Review »