King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie review

  • Island location so beautiful, real
  • Tense, rewarding combat
  • Simple design is always enjoyable
  • On the verge of repetitive
  • Kong sections are predictable
  • Challenges can feel contrived

Exploring the island and fighting off its ferocious inhabitants, or even cowering in a cave while huge dinosaurs sniff the air for your blood, keeps the game exhilarating from beginning to end. There are even raft rides. While you're running the rapids, flaming spear in hand, you'll have to pick off the island's human inhabitants by burning their rickety scaffolds. It's a continually satisfying adventure that gets harder as it goes, yet rarely becomes frustrating.

There are also several scenes in which the action shifts to a third-person viewpoint, where you play as Kong himself. There's a real sense of exhileration as the monstrous ape swings through the jungle, effortlessly catching tree limbs and moss-covered rock walls, and occasionally bashing the teeth right out of a T-rex wannabe's maw. The huge gorilla's sense of weight is unexpectedly real: every hit feels massive and every swing is powerful. These scenes quickly become predictable, but they're so attractive and polished, not to mention infrequent, that it doesn't become a bother.

More Info

Release date: Dec 02 2005 - GBA
Nov 22 2005 - Xbox, PS2, GameCube, PC, PSP, DS, Xbox 360 (US)
Dec 02 2005 - GBA
Nov 17 2005 - Xbox, PS2, GameCube, PC
Dec 16 2005 - PSP
Dec 02 2005 - DS, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: GBA, Xbox, PS2, GameCube, PC, PSP, DS, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Ubisoft
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Violence
PEGI Rating:

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