DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda Xbox 360


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. 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.
  2. AceGamez
    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.
  3. 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.
  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. Whilst the game is certainly not a must-purchase due to its length, it is definitely a must rent for younger and casual gamers.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. From beginning to end, it’s an entertaining mix of bracing combat, polished platforming, and a good dollop of humor.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The difficulty is perfect for the younger crowd, but late teens on up won't find much more than a 6-hour romp here.
  19. So no, developer Luxoflux didn't reinvent so much as renovate the battered and bruised movie-to-game tie-in.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Kung Fu Panda proves that not all movie licensed games suck.
  25. 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).
  26. Official Xbox Magazine
    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]
  27. That rare thing: a film tie-in that's not bad. [Sept 2008, p.87]
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Here's a good example of how to translate an animation movie to a videogame.
  31. 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.
  32. Overall this game is a fun experience. It is definitely one of the better games that is tied in with a movie.
  33. 80
    A solidly produced game full of kid-friendly cartoon violence.
  34. Kung Fu Panda isn't a title designed for adults, but rather the young fans of the movie.
  35. Kung Fu Panda represents the first time I have played a game and then wanted to see the movie.
  36. 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.
  37. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Easily the best children's title of the year. [Issue#36, p.7]
  38. 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.
  39. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    We don't care what the film's like, this is one of the brightest kiddie romps ever. [Sept 2008, p.73]
  40. 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.
  41. This one is definitely a good break from the typical FPS’s and Racing games we typically see on the Xbox 360 anymore.
  42. 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.
User Score

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
    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:
    overall: 7/10
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  2. 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 »
  3. 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.