Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kinect)

Common Sense Media says

Fun physical gaming, but lots of fighting.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While this is essentially a fighting game, there are positive messages about the importance of training and practice. As in the movies, Kung Fu is treated as an art and a skill to be used for good, not just as a method of fighting.

Positive role models

Po may be a fighter, but he’s a lovable one. In the game, he comes off as enthusiastic and eager to be helpful. He’s also full of positive energy and is a very encouraging trainer when teaching you how to perform the moves in the game.

Ease of play

The in-game training sessions do a good job of teaching you the moves and gestures you need to perform in order to play. Most are relatively clean, simple movements that kids should be able to follow. There are also plenty of on-screen cues, telling what kind of move to use at different points, which can be very helpful.

Violence & scariness

As Po, you will engage in martial arts fights with a number of cartoony animal enemies (wolves, lizards, dragons, etc.). The game uses the Kinect full-body motion sensor, so you will be punching, kicking, and jumping in order to play. Defeated enemies grunt and moan, and eventually fall down and vanish from the screen. When Po gets hit, he flashes red for a second. Occasionally, you will see a punch or kick land in slow motion.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the hit movie, Kung Fu Panda 2.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kinect) has a lot of martial arts fighting, all of which is performed by the player throwing actual punches and kicks. It is a game based on the movie of the same name. While definitely physical in nature, none of the violence is graphic, but there is a lot of it. Make sure that kids have a clear, safe area to play in, as it would be all too easy for a player to accidentally hit a nearby friend or younger sibling who is watching him play.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

What's it about?

The game, KUNG FU PANDA 2 (KINECT), picks up where the movie sequel leaves off. After having brought peace to their village, Po and the Furious Five are called to action once again, as former henchmen of the movie’s vanquished villain show up and begin menacing the townsfolk. As Po, you will track down baddies and defeat them in martial arts combat, calling upon members of the Furious Five for the occasional assist. In addition to the fighting sequences, there are also rickshaw races and noodle-bowl-balancing challenges, both of which also use Kinect motion controls.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kinect) is a game very well suited to the full-body motion controls of the Kinect system. There’s a great visceral thrill in swinging your arms and legs around to make Po perform cool kung fu moves. Granted, your motions aren’t nearly as complicated as the fancy, fluid maneuvers that the panda pulls off onscreen, but there’s still a lot of physical fun as you block, sweep, and jump. The cart racing and bowl balancing bits are very enjoyable as well, and will have you bobbing and weaving with glee. And being able to yell out the name of an ally and have them show up to help you is just plain cool. The story is a bit slow-moving, and the cinematic scenes can go on long enough to annoy impatient players, but the plot is secondary in a game like this. Overall, this is a very high-caliber movie tie-in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fighting in the game. Does the cartooniness of the game decrease the impact of the violence? What about the fact that the characters are animals?

  • Does the physical aspect of the Kinect system increase the impact at all? Does it make kids feel aggressive while playing? Or can it actually be good exercise?

  • Does playing this game make you want to learn more about the martial arts?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:May 24, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Xbox 360)

This review of Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kinect) was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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

Quality

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; OK 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.
Read more

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

Teen, 14 years old Written byarman kalantari March 1, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

no this is sick and wrong.

you do believe that E means 6 and up. and the movie is for 6 and up. so this should not be E10 IT SHOULD BEE E
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Poll

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

Essential School Tools