A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a variety of kicks, punches, and special attacks to defeat henchmen from rival gangs. When defeated, adversaries simply fall over and disappear. Players must actually wave the Wii remote (vigorously) to mimic attacks and blocks. Our "Pause" rating is not due to the type of violence (which is actually quite mild) but to the fact that there's so much of it.
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Products & Purchases
The game uses the Kung Fu Panda license, but is not actually based on the events from the movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game features the characters from Kung Fu Panda but doesn't actually follow the events of the movie. Gameplay emphasizes combat and little else, and the combat itself is unsophisticated and repetitive. Players are required to shake the Wii remote and Nunchuk continuously and vigorously to fight, which may take a toll on the player's wrists. When an enemy is vanquished, they simply fall over and their bodies disappear.
Is It Any Good?
The game is a more polished effort than the first Kung Fu Panda game on the Wii, but that's not exactly saying much. The gameplay is completely centered on fighting waves of bad guys, interrupted only by the occasional mini-game and a few lines of dialogue to move the paper-thin story ahead. Players shake the Wii remote and Nunchuk to perform various kicks, punches and special attacks, but the controls are so simplified and repetitive that combat quickly becomes tedious, and the constant vigorous shaking required will take a toll on both the equipment and the player's wrists.
Exotic music, humorous narrative by a darn good Jack Black sound-alike, and a fun if unsophisticated multiplayer mode are the highlights of this otherwise unremarkable brawler.
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