Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. King Kong for the PSP might lack the emotional impact of the console version but it does not fail to bring us all the visual beauty and brilliant blend of playing as either man or King of the savage jungle.
  2. 69
    The control is decent enough for some fun dino hunting, the kind of deep jungle danger that we haven't had much of since the original Turok (and haven't had any of on PSP), but the handling of the story is messy and confusing.
  3. It is most definitely King Kong in the palm of your hand, but the sacrifices and compromises made to get it there ultimately suck away much of its appeal.
  4. The horribly short lifespan and the bad controls of Kong degrades this title from a must-have to a must-rent.
  5. An ambitious attempt to shoehorn the epic PS2 game into the PSP, ruined by editing, unfriendly controls and gloomy graphics. [Feb 2006, p.98]
  6. 50
    It is considerably shorter than the console versions and retails for approximately the same price, there is nothing to come back to after the game is finished and unfortunately that will be far sooner than you will wish.
  7. 50
    A half-hearted attempt to make the game even more ubiquitous than it already is. Very little effort was put into making it a compelling experience in its own right, and thus, you have very little incentive to experience it.
  8. When you look at the poor quality graphics, short gameplay and relatively empty environments, it becomes rather obvious that King Kong for the PSP was rushed to coincide with the theatrical release of the movie.
  9. But while the PSP version adds a two-player Co-op mode, it also has wonkier controls than its console cousin, which weren't great to begin with.
  10. Simply put, although the content is taken from the console version (though there's much less of it), the controls kill most of the experience. [Apr 2006, p.88]
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 1, 2006
    5
    The game was okay on PSP but the film is better as a big monkey jumps around for 3 hours. King Kong made a good point about stereo typing monkeys which saddly is missing in this game. I think I'll get the GBA version of this game. Full Review »
  2. JohnL.
    Mar 11, 2006
    8
    I thought this game was pretty good. The best parts were the graphics and the sound. The graphics were amazing with good textures (where most PSP games fail). The models were highly detailed. The sound is great too, the voice acting was great. The Sound FX are good. The one huge problem is the game length. The longer levels are around 10 minutes, while some are about 3 min. The level I was looking forward to the most, the T-rex level, was only 2 minutes. It was the best level in the game, but shortest too. The game only takes a little more than 3 hours, but that is time well spent. Another bad part was how you are alone as Jack. The game is really messed up because of that. Some really great moments are when fighting the larger raptors, because it takes strategy. This is a great game. Full Review »
  3. Sam
    Feb 9, 2006
    8
    The sacrifices it made really ruin the game. Remeber the fantastic level where you battle the bat (Both as Kong and as Jack)? That's gone. Remeber you allies that you had to watch over and could lend you a weapon? They're gone to. Remember the challenge you faced when you battled 2-3 V-Rexes? That's gone as well. Don't get me wrong, it's still a ferociously fun game, but it gets rid of more than half of the levels, and if it weren't for the sacrifices it made and the unneded switch of Kong controls, it would've been as great as its console brother. Now some of the sacrifices are excusable for the PSP. Rather than see about 4 brontos at a time, you see one at a time, which is fine due to the PSP's abilities, it's just to bad that the others aren't as excusable. The 2nd biggest flaw is the levels order. I mean, come on! One moment, you're shooting off small raptors, and another, you're playing as Kong battling a V-Rex which was about 6 levels later in the game. The graphics are pretty nice, but the glitches are terrible. You actually see white graphical lines. However, a really nice addition is the Multiplayer. You don't see your ali, but for co-op, when you kill an enemy, you kill it for your pal. When you open a door, you open it for your pal. Full Review »