A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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