Kung Fu Funk

5.5 Overall Score

Written by on May 26, 2010 in

“Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting.  Those kicks were fast as lightning.”  Do those lyrics sound familiar?  If so, than you’re already acquainted with the best part of Kung Fu Funk, a downloadable game for the Nintendo Wii. The 1974 hit single is used as the central theme of this title as it presents players with various Kung Fu-inspired mini-games for players to experience.  The experience, however, is not one most people will enjoy.

There are 3 main modes in Kung Fu Funk.  A training mode that’s reminiscent of Dance Dance Revolution.  A mini-game mode (for a lack of a better term) that houses a handful of different kung fu mini-games.  The third mode is a mode where I’m not really what to call it.  Essentially, there are enemies coming at you from one of four directions and your task is to kung fu their butts back off screen (Think Kung Fu for the NES).  No matter what mode you decide play, they’re all bad.  I didn’t find a single one fun at all.  Every mode seems like it was designed at the Wii’s launch.  The game is plagued by “the curse of waggle.”  There is no good use of motion anywhere in this game.  The controls in the DDR training mode are very unresponsive and goes on for way too long.  The mini-games are all essentially wagglefest.  Not a single one makes use of intuitive motion controls.  One game, where you’re a ninja in a yellow suit, jumping on cacti, suffers from horrible slowdown.  The last mode, the one I can’t really describe, is the most “fun” but I’m using that term loosely.  Like I said earlier, enemies come at you from either the left or right of the screen as well as from the top or bottom.  As they appear, you shake the remote in that direction and you perform a move that eliminates them.  That’s about all there is too it.  I found it to be the best mode but with that said, it’s still executed poorly and isn’t any fun to play.  In fact, I think the saving grace of this particular mode was that the song “Kung Fu Fighting” was playing in the background.

There really isn’t much more to say about this title.  I can sum it up this review in a few words.  The game is really bad.  It’s not fun at all.   That’s all that really needs to be said.  Not following your sensei’s advice may get you a swift boot to the head.

A copy of Kung Fu Funk was provided to The Married Gamers for the purposes of review and evaluation.

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