DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda Xbox 360

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The difficulty is perfect for the younger crowd, but late teens on up won't find much more than a 6-hour romp here.
  4. 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.
  5. So no, developer Luxoflux didn't reinvent so much as renovate the battered and bruised movie-to-game tie-in.
  6. AceGamez
    70
    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.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    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]
  8. 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.
  9. That rare thing: a film tie-in that's not bad. [Sept 2008, p.87]
  10. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    Easily the best children's title of the year. [Issue#36, p.7]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Whilst the game is certainly not a must-purchase due to its length, it is definitely a must rent for younger and casual gamers.
  14. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    70
    We don't care what the film's like, this is one of the brightest kiddie romps ever. [Sept 2008, p.73]
  15. 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.
  16. Overall this game is a fun experience. It is definitely one of the better games that is tied in with a movie.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 17, 2015
    7
    Kung Fu Panda
    A decent Tie In
    Kung Fu Panda is an adventure platform game based off of the kung Fu panda movie, I haven’t seen it so I don’t
    Kung Fu Panda
    A decent Tie In
    Kung Fu Panda is an adventure platform game based off of the kung Fu panda movie, I haven’t seen it so I don’t know how well it lines up, it’s rare to get a complete story in a tie in game, but going into this game knowing absolutely nothing about the movie, I found the games story to be complete with a satisfying ending,
    The actual game is pretty good too, not great, but a little above average.
    Every level starts out with jack black setting the tone, and then it goes into a pretty good cut scene with great voice acting, and then you get into the actual game.
    This is a beat em up God of War style Adventure game, you go around every level and defeat everything standing in your way.
    Combat is fairly simple, and thanks to enemies dropping food frequently, you’ll never die in combat… its possible, but you just won’t. All levels feel different and all contain an optional objective. Sadly completing these optional objectives seem to give no reward, so they are as optional as they come.
    There are golden coins though that can be spent on health and combat upgrades.
    There are 13 levels in this game, and you’ll play as a handful of the different main character about half of these levels contain a boss and aren’t exclusive to Po.
    The bosses are super simply and vary from doge to quick time event god of war style, or just straight up combat battle.
    Levels are also very short.
    Not many will take you longer than 10 15 minutes. You can complete this game easily in 2 to 3 hours.
    Combat isn’t impressive, neither is the length, but they aren’t the worst part about this game.
    The worst part and also the best part is the platforming.
    The 3D platforming sections were easily my favorite part of the games, you’ll be hopping in the clouds, across lily pads, swinging from tree branches, but the platforming is insanely stiff ultimately making it feel unsatisfying.
    While I can appreciate it being there and what we got is better than nothing, this game would’ve been even better in my mind with more fluent controls.
    And while you’re exploring the levels in Kung Fu panda you can collect these special green coins that unlock multiplayer levels.
    The multiplayer isn’t the greatest ever, but the option is there for up to 4 players to play a very cheap version of super smash bros.
    While Kung Fu Panda won’t occupy anyone for too long, the time that you do spend with it, is fun and worthwhile for fans of the movie.
    For what it is
    Adventure Platformer:
    7/10
    overall: 7/10
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  2. Dec 20, 2013
    9
    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 »
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    8
    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.