Kung Fu Panda is a video game loosely based on the film of the same name. The game was released across various platforms in June, 2008.
Kung Fu Panda is a game intended mainly for children based on the movie Kung Fu Panda. Players initially control Po, learning various fighting techniques and special moves, although in some parts of the game the player will have to complete the tasks as another character. After collecting a number of coins at the end of each level, the player has the option to buy upgrades to Po's moves and health, as well as a different set of clothes. Eventually, as the player progresses through the game, s/he will be able to unlock other characters including Master Shifu and the members of the Furious Five, a team of elite fighters each with their own fighting styles and minigames. In addition, the player will be able to use objects and weapons when fighting. Furthermore, before each new level, Po narrates the continuing story, while the words are being scrolled up on the screen.
The game also includes a multiplayer mode with new levels and characters. In addition, the game features new bosses including the Great Gorilla, the Wu Sisters and Nameless. The player can also collect action figures of the Furious Five and rare coins and use them to unlock things at the Extras Menu.
In the Wii version, the Wii Remote is used to perform moves and skills, such as the Wuxi Finger hold; in the PS3 version, the motion sensors of the Sixaxis controller can be used to control Crane in missions where players play as him.
In the Nintendo DS version, while the D-pad moves Po, the touch screen is mainly used for combat moves, in the style of the DS version of Spider-Man 3, which was also developed by Vicarious Visions.
The game revolves around Po, a giant panda who dreams of becoming a great kung fu fighter. Unfortunately his weight and clumsiness makes this ambition seemingly unattainable. However, soon he finds himself going on a journey to save the land from an evil snow leopard named Tai Lung. But also joining the fray are the forces of the Great Gorilla, Tai Lung and the Wu Sisters' wolves, the Boar Gang and the Imperial Golden Croc Gang, bent on capturing the Jade Palace's treasures. Also, unlike the film, the Furious Five are captured by various gangs only to be saved by Master Shifu.
The game received generally positive reviews from critics. Though the Xbox 360 version of the game received a 6.5/10 from Gamespot, it scored a Metacritic rating of 76% from critics. It also scored 7.5/10 from IGN. It also got a positive score of 8/10 from Game Informer. It was described as "amusing and polished" on IT Reviews 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kung Fu Panda for PC - Kung Fu Panda PC Game - Kung Fu Panda Computer Game
- ↑ IGN review of DS version of Kung Fu Panda
- ↑ Kung Fu Panda for Xbox 360 Review - Xbox 360 Kung Fu Panda Review
- ↑ Kung Fu Panda (Xbox360: 2008): Reviews
- ↑ http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/880/880257p1.html
- ↑ Game Informer Online
- ↑ IT Reviews
- ↑ Metacritic