Common Sense Media says

Hang 10 with this fun, accessible surfing game.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some reckless behavior (deliberately surfing in hazardous weather conditions, etc.). You can also shove your opponents so that they can't win.

Violence & scariness

You can shove opponents out of the way.

Not applicable

The game is a tie-in to the Surf's Up movie and features broadcasts from the "SPEN" network (a spoof of ESPN).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this kid-friendly sports game is based on the Surf's Up movie but deals with just the surfing tournament aspect of the film. There are a few examples of reckless behavior -- like surfing during hurricane winds, through shark-filled waters, and while a volcano erupts nearby. The game has an online component; Common Sense doesn't recommend online play for anyone under the age of 12.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

What's it about?

In SURF'S UP, based on the movie, assorted penguins (and a couple of other rogue animals) are the star athletes; players focus on mastering the mechanics of surfing and earning trophies and awards by fulfilling goals. Championship mode is the meat of the game. Players choose a character and then hit the waves in a series of courses set in familiar movie locations like Shiverpool, Pen Gu North and South, and the treacherous Boneyards. In each course, an ever-present wave is cresting off to one side of the screen; next to it are calmer waters littered with various obstacles that must either be slalomed around or used as makeshift ramps and rails for performing jumps and grinds.

Is it any good?


The wave is by far the most interesting element of Surf's Up. It moves across the course, obscures gates and power-ups, and steers players straight into an obstacle if they don't act quickly. In multiplayer mode, two players compete on the same course for the high score; a well-timed shove can push an opponent beyond reach of a crucial power-up or gate.

Surf's Up has a less-complicated control scheme than other games in the genre -- like Amped and the SSX series. It's typically one button per trick, and one trick per jump. The decision to focus on surfing -- and nothing else -- definitely works in the game's favor and makes it easier for younger kids to play. Although the controls lack subtlety, Surf's Up is still able to deliver rushes of excitement when everything gels and you're riding the wave for all it's worth.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of extreme sports games. Is it that they let you experience dangerous stunts without fear of getting hurt? What would happen in real life if you tried some of the moves in the game? Does playing this kind of game make you more or less interested in trying stunts in real life? Why did you want to play this game -- because you like surfing or because you saw the movie?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance
Available online?Not available online
Release date:May 29, 2007
ESRB rating:E for Alcohol reference, comic mischief (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

This review of Surf's Up was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written bymirsol April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Kid, 10 years old November 30, 2013


i have this game it's fun but it got boring


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families