• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2005
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an Action/Adventure title driven by both intense single and multi-player action. Similar to "Mortal Kombat: Deception," background interactions (i.e., acid pits, living trees, spiked ceilings, etc.), multiple new fatalities, and action-based puzzles also playMortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an Action/Adventure title driven by both intense single and multi-player action. Similar to "Mortal Kombat: Deception," background interactions (i.e., acid pits, living trees, spiked ceilings, etc.), multiple new fatalities, and action-based puzzles also play an important role in the player's quest for an "outstanding" victory. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks features an impressive line-up of Mortal Kombat characters, as well, that make frequent appearances as enemies, in boss battles and during several additional in-game interactions. For the first time ever, Mortal Kombat fanatics can explore all the mythos and rumors of the Mortal Kombat universe from an entirely new perspective. Action/Adventure fans will be blown away by the intuitive kombat system, puzzle solving and epic storyline that can be experienced in either the single player mode or through co-op play. [Midway] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. AceGamez
    90
    A shining triumph of beat 'em up glory, spinning off from the traditional MK one-on-one gameplay and showing us all just how excellent the old-school beat 'em up can be in this current generation of gaming.
  2. Game Informer
    85
    I haven't had this much fun with a co-op game in quite some time. [Oct 2005, p.122]
  3. The combat system is easy to learn but has enough depth that it will take time to master.
  4. PSM Magazine
    80
    It's a game that gets back to the basics and is chock-full of Mortal Kombat goodness, especially for two players simultaneously. [Dec 2005, p.84]
  5. The mighty "God of War" is a little more deserving of your action cash if you've only got the funds to buy one game where you run around killing stuff. But Shaolin Monks is a very close second-best in the heaving action sector, thanks to its good looks, decent play and a gory, blood-soaked style that's well in keeping with the Mortal Kombat legacy of pain. [PSW]
  6. The story is weak, boss fights are hard, but the action is extremely enjoyable and in a game where the main focus is the action, which is all that counts.
  7. games(TM)
    50
    It’s a non-offensive way to while away a few hours digging up the past, but the core gameplay doesn’t hold a candle to the title it’s so fondly remembering. [Nov 2005, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Apr 24, 2011
    10
    A enjoyable co-op or single player adventure game! Mortal Kombat fans and casual gamers will love this,any other who says this is not goodA enjoyable co-op or single player adventure game! Mortal Kombat fans and casual gamers will love this,any other who says this is not good must be really,really a big die hard street fighter fan! Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    I would love to see the remake/HD version of this title. I remember this as absolutely perfect beatem up title. I loved about everything inI would love to see the remake/HD version of this title. I remember this as absolutely perfect beatem up title. I loved about everything in this game starting from AV, story and smooth fun gameplay. Easily one of the best MK title (right after MK2 and MK9). Expand
  3. LeeT.
    Sep 25, 2005
    10
    The last couple mortal kombats where crud. Shaolin monks is different to all the other MKs, lots to unlock, heaps of moves n fatalities andThe last couple mortal kombats where crud. Shaolin monks is different to all the other MKs, lots to unlock, heaps of moves n fatalities and the co op mode is awesome. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2018
    10
    this game,was truly awesome. awesome game-play and levels and boss fights... that kind of feeling it gave us when we listened to the awesomethis game,was truly awesome. awesome game-play and levels and boss fights... that kind of feeling it gave us when we listened to the awesome soundtracks and so many hidden parts hidden in the environment, secret boss fights, characters and... they all combined together and made us feel that ancient "Mortal kombat" feeling. discovering the new places with awesome graphics were truly the best. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    9
    I wrote a 4000 character review on how this game was amazing though I accidently clicked back on my mouse and am not going to write the reviewI wrote a 4000 character review on how this game was amazing though I accidently clicked back on my mouse and am not going to write the review again >:( Anyway 9/10, I would recommend this to anyone as a coop game. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2017
    9
    this game is best mk game for me because this game have awesome graphics for 2005 this game have perfect history for 2005 and you can ****this game is best mk game for me because this game have awesome graphics for 2005 this game have perfect history for 2005 and you can **** your time with your friend in this game and fatalities is very gut what i can say this game is awesome and most important is release date is 16 sep 2005 man its 2017 and i can still play this masterpiece Expand
  7. AlexN-M.
    Jan 17, 2007
    0
    This game is poor! You think that you will be good and make a "Fatality by pushing two buttons in the same time? Your wrong! My note is 0! No This game is poor! You think that you will be good and make a "Fatality by pushing two buttons in the same time? Your wrong! My note is 0! No more comments about this POOR game! Expand

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#35 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#10 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005