Kung Fu Panda's multiplayer mode only supports offline play, and while it's available straightaway, you'll only have around half of the minigames available out of the box, with the remainder requiring you to find items in the single-player mode to unlock them. Depending on the minigame you're playing, you'll be able to battle alongside up to three friends across games such as a shameless Super Smash Bros. Brawl clone; cooperative team survival mode against hordes of enemies and a timer; tile-flipping picture matching; and Hong Kong, a competitive, Bejewelled-esque icon-matching column game complete with levelling system.
Outdoor environments appear lush and verdant, while indoor zones feature great details, such as the Dragon Scroll dojo's polished floors and towering ornate pillars. The game captures the look and feel of the film very well, all the way down to the furry-looking tufts on Po's character model. Audio in Kung Fu Panda is one of its strong points, and helps deliver the title's snappy quips with great success. While the game doesn't have the same all-star cast as the film, the Jack Black impersonator who narrates the game's story is believable enough. However, the same can't be said for Jackie Chan's character, Monkey, who comes across as wooden.
Kung Fu Panda is an admirable attempt to bring the fun, humour, and look of the film to the Xbox 360, and in these areas it succeeds. Unfortunately, a measly four hours of repetitive gameplay and inconsistent voice acting makes it a hard sell at full price for all but the most hardcore fans of endangered-species martial arts.