Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Certain aspects of the game work brilliantly although (such as the ecology) with the world of Skull Island coming to life quite naturally. It does tend to drag a bit in places and the pacing can be less than consistant but overall its a good title.
  2. It won't take you long to blow through King Kong, but its sometimes thrilling, often tense, and always entertaining adventure is absolutely worth checking out.
  3. In the history of gaming, there are a few releases that warrant the cost of purchasing an entire system. 'Goldeneye' and 'Perfect Dark' for the N64 and the groundbreaking PS2 version of 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' are a few of those extraordinary titles. In my mind, based on its astonishing graphics and feral gameplay, you can now add 'Peter Jackson's King Kong' to that list of rarities.
  4. But it it's the most basic beat-'em-up you've ever played, often you'll find yourself simply holding the stick forward while Kong runs on invisible rails. It's beautiful, but oh-so-boring and unchallenging. [GamesMaster]
  5. Graphically, it's a masterpiece. [Jan 2006, p.136]
  6. King Kong is perhaps a redefinition of the cinematic videogame – entirely based on peaks and troughs of excitement, and devoid of any sense of choice. Just like a movie, but interactive. [Christmas 2005, p.98]
  7. The sense of immersion is increased by the game's first-person perspective and an absence of on-screen clutter. There is no health gauge blocking your view; if a dinosaur bites you, your vision blurs, indicating that one more bite will kill you.
  8. Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
  9. The production values are amazing with top-notch graphics and sound found nearly everywhere. Though the game runs a little short – we played a little over six hours – you'll have a blast every step of the way.
  10. Put simply, King Kong is going to the biggest thing this Christmas since Jesus invented presents. Better still, it's every bit as entertaining as its hairy star is huge. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  11. One of the most enjoyable if short-lived gameplay experiences. The game is practically a work of art, but that may not be enough for everyone.
  12. Coming it at around seven or eight hours, Peter Jackson's King Kong really does feel like a roller-coaster ride through the film, but once you get off, there's not much of a reason to ride it again other than to unlock some extra art and whatnot.
  13. When the game starts giving you the opportunity to play as Kong, it's like Spinal Tap dropped by Ubisoft's studios and cranked it up to eleven.
  14. 90
    It's a great example of a movie tie-in that is easy to play, it's a successful combination of a first-person adventure and a third-person beat-'em-up, and at times it even feels like a dungeon crawler. But at its core, it's an extremely good (and extremely simple) survival horror game.
  15. The most impressive element of the game, though, is Skull Island itself. Grand and gorgeous, the environments never repeat, and the adventure never slackens.
  16. 85
    These are some of the best graphics you'll ever see. Your first confrontation with the V-Rex (yes, that's what Peter J. is calling it) will be very, very memorable.
  17. A definite thrill ride from beginning to end that relies heavily on its Hollywood-style presentation more than true gameplay. Hindered ever so slightly by repetitive enemies and puzzles.
  18. 80
    A short but memorable game packed with high-level artistic aesthetics and production values. If you have a stereo system, be sure to play Kong through it. It sounds incredible!
  19. If the environments were more open, if there was more variety to the puzzles, if the game lasted longer, if ..., then you could have had the best game of the year here.
  20. The game has many chapters but considering you have an unlimited number of lives, you can easily finish this game within a few hours.
  21. Sure it looks good and sounds great, but not 'the next generation of gaming', in fact given the current availability and quality of FPS games I'm not sure in terms of gameplay it's even this generation.
  22. King Kong is short and still manages to be a flawed and redundant gaming experience. This isn't a bad game-just one that manages to underachieve in a lot of ways.
  23. With a rather abrupt final sequence it does seem to rush to its climax, but despite its brevity, this is an unforgettable trip through the realm of Kong.
  24. The most exciting, immersive game you will play this year, and almost any other year for that matter. Hopefully, it will set the standards for future movie-based games much as the 1933 film set standards for future generations of film-makers.
  25. The game captures the magic of Jackson's film (and steps a little beyond it), looks great and gives you a gameplay ride that is lots of fun.
  26. This dazzling, determinedly populist experience was not made according to the standards other games are made by, and when judged – or even just described – by those standards, it might seem slender to the point of frailty. [Christmas 2005, p.101]
  27. Peter Jackson's midas touch spreads to the video game, as King Kong impresses us with its cinematic visuals and the great giant ape.
  28. A stunningly atmospheric action-adventure that makes all the right moves. It is intense, scary, exhilarating and pure joy to play. One of the best games so far this year. [Nov 2005]
  29. Quotation forthcoming. [Holiday 2005]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 10, 2013
    King Kong is one of the best licensed videogames out their. The graphics are some of the best on the Xbox Console. The gameplay is actuallyKing Kong is one of the best licensed videogames out their. The graphics are some of the best on the Xbox Console. The gameplay is actually pretty good, this games enemy A.I actually makes you think before you act, because one mistake could mean death. The T-Rex battles are awesome, playing as kong is a lot of fun. The story is pretty much the same as the movie, but this game adds a lot of more missions and scenes that are not in the movie which is great. I love the King Kong movie its one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time, and i also love this amazing licensed videogame. Full Review »
  2. Rick
    Feb 28, 2006
    A thoroughly enjoyable game. What there is of it. Its just way too short. By the time I was getting it to it, the damn thing was over. A thoroughly enjoyable game. What there is of it. Its just way too short. By the time I was getting it to it, the damn thing was over. However thats my only gripe. The blend of FPS and Kong fighting mixes up the gameplay well. I felt they could have done more with situation elements e.g. where you have to grab a spear from a certain point then back track to ignite the damn thing with fire, then go forward again to burn the hedges. Most of the time you look around the area you are in and you can see the fire you shoot or throw a spear at it, it falls to the ground, burns your path clear. Too easy and not enough brain power. The parts I did enjoy were the multi-threat elements where you have raptors and pteradactyls coming at you at in the same area. Speaking of which there just wasn't enough "open areas" the majority of the game you felt like you were on a narrow path. Overall very cinematic and they were on the right track, this could have been an absolute corker had the length been longer and as mentioned more situational elements thrown in...the gameplay is good just better attention to level design needed. They had the atmosphere and is a good movie to game title where most are poor. Its a hire game and can fill a weekend, at least a day anyway. Full Review »
  3. Don
    Dec 15, 2005
    A classic fantasy parable of great horror and beauty.