“Kids Movie”… honest
A lot of us Games Questers are parents and we’re lucky to be of a certain age where it’s good that we get to watch “family movies”. What these tend to be are films that keep kids entertained for 90 minutes or so and adults really entertained for 90 minutes… not that most will ever admit it though.
Kung Fu Panda is definitely one of those movies. I imagine if you’re reading this review now then you’re likely to have seen and enjoyed the film, but if not, here’s a quick rundown for you:
Po the Panda is chosen to become a Kung Fu master, (something he has always dreamed of) to fulfill a prophecy and save his village from the evil snow leopard Tai Lung. He gets to fight alongside the “Furious Five” kung fu masters; Crane, Tigress, Viper, Mantis and Monkey all under the tutelage of Master Shifu.
Long story short, Po overcomes his confidence issues, friends become enemies, enemies become friends and they all love happily ever after.
Kung Fu brings everyone together, just like it should.
Pile on the Panda
Clearly, some designers at Modiphius thought that Kung Fu Panda was not only a great movie, but would also lend itself really well into a board game, and having seen the Kickstarter for it, I’m inclined to agree with them. The game has now funded, so it’s going to be a reality, but it would be great to see it reach its full potential.
As you would hope, Kung Fu Panda the Board Game is fast paced. It’s a real time dice rolling game which is frenzied enough to emulate the most climactic fight scenes from the movie.
You play as Po, or one of the other 5 masters and will roll to attack or to move around the board until you reach the boss and kick his furry behind or work your way through different scenarios which tell a story set between the first 2 Kung Fu Panda movies.
However, your dice can work against you. If you roll too many claws then you will either have to start spawning enemies into different zones in front of you (meaning that you have the potential to walk into a literal army if you roll badly) or you can have enemies attack you which are nearby, and it’s all kept track of on your player board – just to keep everything as frenetic, but as easy to follow as possible.
Enemies can be taken out with punches or kicks, but they can also kick back so it’s dice rolling madness to try and get through the mission at hand.
Thematically, it looks like a solid mix between something like Escape: The Curse of the Temple and a family friendly version of Way of The Fighter.
Go and Kick’ the Panda!
We at Games Quest love the look of Kung Fu Panda and will be showing our support for it, and we’d recommend you do the same. If you pledge for the base game only then you’re saving yourself a nice and tidy £20 off of the retail price and if you go for the higher pledge you get the game with the Masters. As with all things Modiphius, the miniatures looks amazing and we can’t wait to get our hands on them. You can have a look at the preview sculpts here.
Go on, go and show them some love too.
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