Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. While the control is pretty solid, and the speed and action is actually very good, there is one significant flaw that permeates the entire experience: the response to your button presses is often erratic and rarely predictable or reliable.
  2. This is the first licensed game I’ve played that is actually shorter than its movie. I’m not exaggerating; in a little over an hour I had received trophies in all of the main surf events.
  3. 62
    The gameplay is simple but enjoyable and kids in love with the movie are sure to have a good time with the game, but the fact remains that this is a bloated price tag on a barebones game.
  4. Hanging 10 in this movie-licensed surfing game has its moments--just don't expect to enjoy it for very long.
  5. Younger kids will love it and come back for more. A fun concept, well executed.
  6. There's sadly no imagination here. [Sept 2007, p.108]
  7. Let there be no doubt, Surf's Up is strictly for kids in love with the movie. The redundancy of the gameplay will certainly help to break one's obsession with all things penguin in a weekend. Definitely a rental.
  8. A competitive mutiplayer mode adds some longevity, but for a game that costs $50, three hours of single-player gameplay is simply unacceptable. [Sept 2007, p.84]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    Surfs Up is an attempt to copy Tony Hawks but gone a bit wrong. Way too repetitive for any real credit but a passable game for the family. Great for co-op though. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    The Tony Hawk for pre-teens. And this game gets played just as much. A lot of rehashing catch phrases makes you want to keep the volume down low and turn up the surfing music. Maybe I'm being too hard on it, but the game doesn't have much substance. Full Review »
  3. MikeW.
    Nov 17, 2007
    This game isn't meant to be a hardcore serious gamer game. Take it for what it is, have some fun, entertain the guests' children when you have company. Don't buy it new, its not worth $50, but it's definately worth it for $25 used if you can find it on Ebay or at a game store. Full Review »