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Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master

For: iPhone   Also on: iPad
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Knock-off panda

Product: Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master | Publisher: THQ | Format: iPhone | Genre: Casual | Players: 1 | Version: US | App version: 1.1.01
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Film goers of the 1970s would have known that if they got into a fight with Bruce Lee, they shouldn't expect to walk away without the aid of an ambulance. It was pretty much a given, just as any seasoned gamer should by now know that you can’t expect too much from a movie conversion.

Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master
is less cheesy than the average Hollywood hand-me-down, but it only achieves this by stealing the gameplay from the most popular mobile games today.

The good part is that the pitch-perfect controls and design remain intact here from Kung Fu Panda 2's sources of 'inspiration'. The downside is that it offers nothing fresh or groundbreaking to elevate it above its predecessors.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master stars the fat bear Po from the cartoon flick. There's no overarching plot here, nor any connection to the movie aside from the main character and his Yoda-like mentor.

There are four mini-games in total - with two available at launch and the remaining two promised by the developer in a free future update.

The first of Po's kung fu training sessions, Paws of Power, is best described as a Fruit Ninja clone. Statues get tossed in the air and you have to slice them, avoiding the horde-spewing beehives. Bowls of rice give you bonus points.

The Feet of Fury 'Scroll', meanwhile, ups the imitation ante, lifting heavily from the perpetual-climbing favourite Doodle Jump.

Here, you have to tilt your iOS device to help the panda hop onto rocky platforms. A few key items will help you leap higher or even fly several screens ahead.

Nice graphics, bland gameplay

Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master captures the movie's visuals well. The sound is solid, but don’t expect to hear Jack Black or any of the other actors in the game – a serious disappointment for fans of the movie series.

More disappointing is the lack of original gameplay. Stringing together a bunch of mini-games is one thing, but having only two of them available from the off is a bit stingy, particularly given that they're virtually identical to previous iOS games.

If you already own Fruit Ninja and Doodle Jump, pay Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master no mind. If you don't, it's a playable and polished 2-for-1 offering dressed up like a watchable and polished movie. Just don't expect any great surprises.
Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master
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Damon Brown | 10 June 2011
Despite its polished presentation and solid execution, Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master borrows too liberally from Fruit Ninja and Doodle Jump, adding nothing original to their gameplay
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