Kung Fu Panda for the Wii from developers Luxoflux and Xpec does an excellent job of capturing the look, feel, and (thanks to decent sound-alike performances) sound of this summer’s hit from Dreamworks Animation. The main character of the game is
You play through the main quest itself, as well as several secondary adventures in each of the thirteen levels which allow you to play as other characters. In the game as in the film,
The in game colors are vibrant, and the animatics tight and crisp. The voice acting, is much better than standard. The game does an excellent job of taking the player a little beyond the movie. The third person action mixes adventure, platform, and RPG elements nicely. There are no glitches, and the game runs smoothly – no small feat for a game based on a film if history serves as any indication.
Kung Fu Panda was a kid’s movie. It was fun, but I’m not sure I needed to see it in IMAX. The story was standard, and a little on the saccharine side. Likewise, this is a kid’s game. It’s simple, and it will not likely hold the attention of hardcore gamers. The main quest, secondary quest, and mini-games shouldn’t take more than several hours to complete.
While the gameplay IS easy to pick up, it’s not at all geared towards the Wii. This game was clearly not developed with the Wii in mind specifically. A system that utilizes motion controls seems ideal for a game of this type. I’m not saying that the nunchuck (which you use to control
As has become sadly standard for the Wii, there is no on-line component. I cannot brawl across the country, taking much of the replay value away from this game. Seriously, when will the Wii recognize its potential to be a system that’s more than just fun at parties?!?!
Kung Fu Panda for the Wii does exactly what it is supposed. It scores with its intended audience. It strikes a nice balance between simple and complicated, and will keep fans of the film entertained. It is not going to keep hard-core gamers occupied for very long, however. It’s hard to grade the game as an adult gamer. But keeping in mind how much I would’ve loved this game as a kid, I have to give it an A-. The game may be simple, but it’s fun. There may also have been several hours spent brawling with friends and shouting lines from the movie… If you have nieces, nephews, younger siblings, or kids, give Kung FU Pando for the Wii a shot. It’s at least “awesome”, if not “totally” so.