Kung Zhu

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Violent combat is a huge contrast to previous Zhu games.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The positive part of the story lies in the way the Kung Zhu team members rescue one another. But the game is all about fighting and sends a violent message overall.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The regular Zhu Zhu Pets are fun, friendly critters, but these Kung Zhu hamsters are machismo-fueled, weapon-wielding warriors who always seem eager and ready to fight.

Ease of Play

As an action platformer, this is a very simple game to play. The controls are just about as easy to learn and use as they could be, and the difficulty level, while it increases as you go, is never too high.

Violence

This is a fighting game. Players controls warrior hamsters who battle enemy hamsters with swords, nunchucks, throwing stars, hand grenades, swords, laser pistols, and massive rocket launchers. Defeated enemies cry out, fall to the ground and disappear. The violence is all cartoony, but it's an overwhelming presence in the game.

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Consumerism

This game is a tie-in/spinoff of the popular Zhu Zhu Pets toy line (though its characters in no way resemble the actual toys). It is the third in a line of Zhu Zhu games (released the same day as the second game). A special edition of the game comes packaged with a Zhu Zhu Pets hamster toy.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kung Zhu may be a Zhu Zhu Pets game, but that it is nothing like the Zhu Zhu Pets your children already know and love. This combat heavy game is an effort to get action-hungry boys interested in the Zhu Zhu Pets franchise. To that end, the hamsters here are all cast as violent warriors who weild massive weapons and battle hundreds of enemies. The violence is all rather cartoony, but be aware that this is a far cry from the other, very innocent Zhu Zhu video games that are available.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDonald T. June 11, 2018

This game is erotic AF

Kung Zhu Zhu for the D.S was something bought for my youngest son baron for his first birthday, baron loved it.But after watching the creation of my sperm play... Continue reading
Parent of an infant, 3, 16, and 17-year-old Written byJackson T. June 12, 2018

why Kung Zhu is Problematic for young homosexual African Islamic transgender Americans

Now i understand Kung zhu is an important piece of art work in american history but you have to understand my view point here...there not enough homosexual Af... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAcadianJoseph June 28, 2018

Short Summary: it is just fine

After reading other reviews of this game I thought "WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!" oh and also "I think, as a sensible person, I should try and give my h... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 1, 2010

little brother

im going to get it for my little 7 year old brother

What's it about?

KUNG ZHU is an action game spun off from the popular cute-and-cuddly Zhu Zhu Pets hamster toys. The hamsters of Kung Zhu (which resemble bears more than hamsters) are members of a special ops military team. They use martial arts, swords and throwing stars, heavy guns, and robotic action suits to battle an army of evil hamsters that have stolen a collection of ancient tablets and kidnapped their comrades. Each hamster you free from imprisonment joins your team. You will also earn new uniquely-powered battle suits as you play.

Is it any good?

Kung Zhu bears no resemblance to any other part of the Zhu Zhu Pets franchise. It is an out-and-out military action game -- even if its heroes are hamsters. And as long as you're not looking for the cuddly positivity that you usually associate with Zhu Zhu Pets, it's a pretty good action game. There are a slew of playable characters, each with his own special weapons and attacks -- and a bevy of unique battle suits to equip them with -- which keeps the gameplay varied and exciting. And the controls are super simplified, making it easy for action-game novices to jump right in. Each labyrinthine level offers numerous crossroads that will lead you in all sorts of different directions and offers plenty of opportunity for exploration (not to mention replay value). It's definitely a decent game -- it's just a bit shocking to anybody who knows and likes the Zhu Zhu Pets in their softer, friendlier forms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Does violence and fighting belong in a game about cuddly hamsters?

  • If you're a boy, does the combat and weaponry make the game more appealing to you? Do you still like the other, nonviolent Zhu Zhu Pets games?

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