A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a tie-in to the hit movie, Kung Fu Panda 2.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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