Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. The story was fresh, funny, and original, the characters where delightfully designed and animated, and professional voiced, and the entire game was a pure delight to play from start to finish. I'm already well on my way through my second pass as I aspire to become a Master Ninja.
  2. With solid gameplay and a great presentation, Kung Fu Panda is easy to recommend to fans of the movie or parents looking to entertain their kids with a robust yet accessible action platformer.
  3. Kung Fu Panda represents the first time I have played a game and then wanted to see the movie.
  4. Kung Fu Panda is definitely one of the better movie-inspired games I've played. The combat system as well as the puzzle-platforming style of the game work well together, and the whole game is fun to play.
  5. Except maybe Viva Pinata, this is the most enjoyable family game I've played thus far. I can't in good conscience give it a score to rival any of the fabulous shooters or RPGs on the console, but it is far removed from the dredges with Golden Compass or Jumper.
  6. 83
    A prime example of how to make a great licensed game. The developers at Luxoflux have gone above and beyond the call of duty to bring this imaginative cast of characters to life. The amount of polish is simply impressive and I even found myself – a jaded game critic – enjoying the game from start to finish.
  7. What separates Kung Fu Panda from the bunk you are used to getting alongside a film's release is that it actually feels as though the game would stand up well on its own without the film.
  8. At the end of the day I would recommend anyone considering this game to download the Kung Fu Panda demo on Xbox Live before you decide to purchase this title.
  9. From beginning to end, it’s an entertaining mix of bracing combat, polished platforming, and a good dollop of humor.
  10. Kung Fu Panda is a fun title with a lot to offer. It will make a perfect gift for a younger gamer in the household, while still offering adult gamers some top rate gaming experiences (even if abit short).
  11. Panda Kung Fu is a fun game that shows very good attention to level design and creative game making. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this one folks because it will appeal to a wide audience.
  12. Kung Fu Panda isn't a title designed for adults, but rather the young fans of the movie.
  13. Kung Fu Panda the game will entertain you or your kids, which is more than you can say for most games in general, let alone ones based on a summer film.
  14. 80
    A solidly produced game full of kid-friendly cartoon violence.
  15. This one is definitely a good break from the typical FPS’s and Racing games we typically see on the Xbox 360 anymore.
  16. The only thing that is better than a good game, is a game that everyone expects will be bad, and turns out to be pretty good after all. Kung Fu Panda is such a game, which offers a fun, easy going experience coupled with some action, some platforming, and even a few role-playing elements.
  17. Sure, Kung Fu Panda won't be much to those hardcore gamers who have been dicing people up in the Ninja Gaiden series or wound up finishing Assassin's Creed for the story, but for kids this one's pretty solid.
  18. 75
    Kung Fu Panda is a brief romp, but one that will keep young gamers interested from start to finish. Heck, maybe they’ll even play through it a second or third time.
  19. Despite some minor annoyances, Kung Fu Panda turns in a well-rounded performance with enough appeal for small and big kids alike. Diverse gameplay mechanics keep the action from dragging its tail, and bonus rewards and multiplayer wackiness lend some replay value to the adventure.
  20. As far as children's movie tie-in games, Kung Fu Panda a rare title that reaches the top of the barrel. It's well-designed, keeps the gameplay fresh, looks and sounds great, and appears to be a game that the developers actually tried to make into something fun, rather than selling it because the cover boasts the mascot of the week's popular cartoon character.
  21. A simple, fun and well designed game, Kung Fu Panda doesn't offer the deepest narrative or most though-provoking gameplay for the more mature audiences; it's more of a guilty pleasure.
  22. As long as you can stand the unnecessary emphasis that Jack Black puts on every word, Kung-Fu Panda is a win-win game for both kids and their parents.
  23. It's a faithful recreation of one of the better animated movies of the year, and nothing about it feels like a cheap rush-job. The graphics are great, the gameplay is surprisingly solid and it's a lot of fun to play.
  24. 75
    The lack of variety is actually a good thing. In an area of game development where being overly ambitious can destroy you, developer Luxoflux has instead created a smart, focused, and (most importantly) polished effort that should delight young fans of the film.
  25. Here's a good example of how to translate an animation movie to a videogame.
  26. Kung Fu Panda proves that not all movie licensed games suck.
  27. The presentation is also given a surprising amount of attention, with impressive lighting effects, swift animation, and solid (although far from perfect) level design. Having Jack Black on board to voice Po is a smart move, too.
  28. There are certainly worse movie-to-game titles, but this one does a decent job of having some fun and providing a coherent story, along with decent gameplay.
  29. Overall this game is a fun experience. It is definitely one of the better games that is tied in with a movie.
  30. Kung Fu Panda won't be winning any awards, and it won't be gracing any end-of-year lists, but that's not to say it doesn't deserve carefully measured praise.
  31. Whilst the game is certainly not a must-purchase due to its length, it is definitely a must rent for younger and casual gamers.
  32. The game may be over before you know it, but for as long as it lasts, it serves up an enjoyable, extremely polished adventure that younger gamers will simply adore.
  33. We don't care what the film's like, this is one of the brightest kiddie romps ever. [Sept 2008, p.73]
  34. While the character selection leaves a lot to be desired, the brilliant mix of versus battles, mini-games, and co-op challenges will keep you entertained for hours. [Sept 2008, p.77]
  35. That rare thing: a film tie-in that's not bad. [Sept 2008, p.87]
  36. Easily the best children's title of the year. [Issue#36, p.7]
  37. All major box office movies must be accompanied with a movie tie-in game, and usually that leads to a less than poor gaming experience. Kung Fu Panda actually manages to steer clear of that trend by offering a great and fun action experience. For the seasoned gamer this is on the easy side, but for the intended age group this is a great offering.
  38. Kung Fu Panda is not really hard to play, but it is a perfect game for your leisure time. Especially younger gamers will be happy with it.
  39. The difficulty is perfect for the younger crowd, but late teens on up won't find much more than a 6-hour romp here.
  40. So no, developer Luxoflux didn't reinvent so much as renovate the battered and bruised movie-to-game tie-in.
  41. This shallow and repetitive beat-'em-up is fun for a while, but doesn't last much longer than the movie that it's based on.
  42. It’s just a shame it’s all over so quickly as a more epic adventure with Po and friends would have been most welcome.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 20, 2013
    This game was an absolute delight to play. The plot is great and the extras and unlockables are great fun. I didn't find myself getting boredThis game was an absolute delight to play. The plot is great and the extras and unlockables are great fun. I didn't find myself getting bored because it was challenging and trying to achieve 100% for an achievement was great motivation! Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    It may be short, but the gameplay is fun and the graphics are decent. There are quite a few characters you can play as and upgrades within the game.
  3. Jul 25, 2011
    Tied with the Movie, is charming , the action has a great pace , the graphics looks pleasant. Very Rare in those cases that a Movie video gameTied with the Movie, is charming , the action has a great pace , the graphics looks pleasant. Very Rare in those cases that a Movie video game captivated me. Full Review »