As you would expect, this title is a fighting game, through and through. For those out there who remember games like Double Dragon
or Final Fight
, Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors
plays exactly like they did, which is a great thing for any fan of side-scrolling fighting games. The difference here is that instead of sprites, the environment and characters are in full 3D. In fact, there are certain points within each level where you will be able to steer your character upward into the screen for secret (and not-so-secret) paths to find more pick-ups, although ninety percent of the game plays from left to right.
Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors allows you to choose from either Po the Panda or Tigress the Tiger, but both will set out to work their way through a number of different levels. Here, you will try to not only defeat all of the foes presented before you, but you also earn up to a total of five stars for your performance. While the game itself isn't that difficult to get through in terms of reaching the end of each level, earning five stars on each will likely take a few retries. You'll also be able to look for hidden coins on each level.
There is a limited use of the stylus in the game too, but it almost feels a bit more like it was tacked on than that it is a crucial part of the game. Here you will use the touch screen to do things like swinging on ropes or firing catapults, and you will also be able to draw symbols on-screen to launch furious attacks. These drawn attacks are great, but the fact that you have to remove your hands from the attack buttons leaves you vulnerable to say the least.
Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors feels a bit rushed out the door, considering that this is the second game since the movie release, and appears to be released alongside the DVD version of the movie. While the game is certainly fun, it is very repetitive and not all that difficult. It should be noted that you can also connect this DS title to the Wii version of the game, although this was a feature that I was unable to test. There are also achievements for you to accomplish, but beyond trying to get five stars on each level, the replay value of this game is still relatively low.