Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 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.
  2. Kong's controls are naturally quite sluggish, and the combat plays off like a jungle version of WWE, except instead of pinning your opponents, you grab their jaws and pound buttons until you twist their necks with a satisfying snap.
  3. Minus the camera issues with Kong, whose gameplay is more of a "tension-breaker" than a titular role, Peter Jackson's King Kong on the current-gen consoles is definitely a must play!
  4. There are countless tense moments playing as Jack and my only complaint is not playing as the featured star more than we were given the opportunity.
  5. Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
  6. 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]
  7. Tedious gameplay kills the coolness of the "wow" moments and brings it all down to an average level.
  8. Peter Jackson's midas touch spreads to the video game, as King Kong impresses us with its cinematic visuals and the great giant ape.
  9. 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]
  10. The most impressive element of the game, though, is Skull Island itself. Grand and gorgeous, the environments never repeat, and the adventure never slackens.
  11. 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.
  12. 84
    While the experience is short-lived, the seven or so hours of gameplay you get from it are truly amazing and for once, I can say a film-to-game conversion has successfully been achieved.
  13. One of the most intense gaming experiences I've had in a long time, without being too difficult. The game is beautiful, innovative, and a fun run when you get right down to it.
  14. Graphically, it's a masterpiece. [Jan 2006, p.136]
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A wondrous game. There is little to be upset about except its short length and no extra content, but the rest of the game is fantastic.
  18. 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.
  19. 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]
  20. 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]
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Besides being way too short for comfort, the gameplay features suspense at every turn. I also liked the simplicity of the game such as the exclusion of a cross-hair and health bar.
  24. An excellent movie adaptation that delivers one of the most immersive gaming experiences on the Xbox. While it isn't terribly challenging and perhaps a little too brief, exceptional art design and solid gameplay make Kong a game you don't want to miss.
  25. 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.
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. The game has many chapters but considering you have an unlimited number of lives, you can easily finish this game within a few hours.
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 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. 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.