This side-scrolling plat former has two main characters; one is the Panda who begins by getting training from Kung- Fu master Shifu and Tai Lung who escapes from the prison to find the golden scroll. There are ten levels in the game. So, while in few the Panda fights through the obstacles while collecting the ‘Paws of Power’. Tai lung, the master of a thousand scrolls of Kung Fu, fights the rhino guards to get out of the prison, collecting. The panda also gets to eat dumplings to fulfill his hunger and maintain health. On the other hand Tai Lung needs to collect ‘Paws of Power’ and scrolls to maintain its life.
The controls are simple; the d-pad arrow keys are for movement and the center key for attack. The trick is to evade basting fires and plunging spikes to get to the scroll. All the paws of power need to be collected in order to open the other character to play. One has to complete the level while keeping in mind the lifeline status. Secondly one gets only 3 extra lives in a game. But the good thing is that if you loose a life you don’t have to start all over again as the game gets automatically saved in between.
Apart from the usual fighting and collecting scrolls one also gets some special levels where a particular object needs to be collected and fight some more characters in order to get to the final fight here Panda and Tai Lung fight for the dragon scroll. As far as the game play is concerned, the levels are easy and will hook you till you finish the game. However the last fight does require bit of skills and if you don’t play through the game you pretty much develop them.
While the animation and effects are commendable the background score more or less remains the same. We can easily say that even if you have not watched the movie you will definitely enjoy this game. Its simplicity combined with the deadly cuteness of our dear Panda will definitely keep you occupied until the game is finished. However, this also means that the game is pretty short and can be completed quickly.
My Impression: go ahead and enjoy all the Kung-Fu fun!