A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are protecting the world by fighting monsters in a variety of settings, which can be seen as doing something positive and beneficial to the world, albeit in a violent manner.
Positive Role Models
This is a fighting game with the bad things attacking from one side or the other, and you simply battle them. That puts the onus on the player as to how they play the game -- effectively making the player the role model, even though there is no wrong way to play.
Ease of Play
For the most part, the Kinect sensor reads players' movements well and manages to translate them to the on-screen action. The title even urges players to react quickly and that movement is picked up and put into the game. The menu screens are also very easy to navigate. There are a few occasions when the controls seem to seize up and movement is restricted, but these occasions are rare.
Violence & Scariness
Kung-Fu High Impact is a side-scrolling fighting game in which the player can battle computer-controlled monsters (or computer generated monsters that are controlled by players using handheld controllers). There are grunts, cries of pain when the enemy is struck. Players can fight with hands or feet, or can load up special attacks, like earthquakes or lightning, to do damage against a variety of creatures - from undead, human gangsters, witch doctors, giants, tree-like creatures, and even ogres. Once defeated, the enemy drops to the ground and dissolves. There is no blood.
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During the initial instructions, the narrator asks if players are ready to "kick some a$$."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the enemies has a lit cigar in his mouth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kung-Fu High Impact is a side-scrolling fighting game that has players moving rapidly, while dodging, jumping, punching, and kicking a wide range of enemies. The game requires the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor and some room so that players do not begin beating on furniture or spectators. There is martial arts violence associated with the game, including kicks and hits with hands and feet, as well as fantasy power attacks generating earthquakes and lightning. Because of the variety of movements, players need to stretch to warm up and cool down muscles. The game's pacing can be frenetic at times, which means making sure that rest breaks are taken.
Is It Any Good?
Kung-Fu High Impact is a short bit of fighting fun that, unfortunately, does not have a lot of single-player replay value. The multiplayer mode will add more value with 1-4 players using handheld controllers to attack the single player controlling the main character with the Kinect sensor. The Kinect controller reads players movement very well, even when the action gets very intense. The comic-book setting provides a light, quirky, and fun feel to the overall gameplay. This is a game that was done well, but there just isn't a lot of game here.
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