Almost every family movie that gets released is accompanied by a video game. DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 will have four.
THQ is rolling out tie-ins on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS, each with a completely different gameplay style. All four will follow the adventures of Po, the hapless panda who becomes a legendary kung fu warrior.
The PS3 version pits players against deadly foes in intense martial arts battles. They will have to use a mixture of puzzle-solving and shrewd strategy to triumph, as well as master the kung fu moves Po teaches them.
On the Xbox 360, Kinect users will actually be able to learn some kung fu for themselves. The game trains players to dodge, duck, kick and punch before throwing them into an arena against new enemies that THQ have co-created with Dreamworks.
Wii owners will be able to get an exclusive uDraw edition of the game, which sees fans using the stylus to control Po as he defends his home city. A bonus drawing mode will allow players to colour in various pieces of character art and objects that will then be integrated into the story mode.
Finally, the DS iteration has players using the touch screen to command Po and the legendary Furious Five. A Five-Card Fu mini-game offers a different experience, with players building a formidable deck of collectable cards that they unlock throughout the game.
Following on from the 2008 original, the sequel sees Po (Jack Black) and the Furious Five battle against the evil emperor albino peacock, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman).
A new game devised for the DS version. Players place character cards around a grid. When positioned next to an enemy, the card with the highest number wins the next square.