Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic review

  • Four-player mayhem
  • Tons of cool moves
  • Easy to learn with plenty to master
  • A bit too floaty
  • Minigames kind of shallow
  • Too much controller shaking

Fists of Plastic is a bit like Smash Bros. after it had a wander around LittleBigPlanet, but without a mind for constructing anything – and a lot more pain. Not all on screen, unfortunately. Four players, one arena and a physics model that provides a near infinite amount of collisions and hurt between shiny marionettes is what Rag Doll Kung Fu is about. It’s initially all a bit ‘floaty’ much in the way LBP was (it’s from the same people, originally) but with a few dabs of kick and punch buttons and a liberal amount of leaping practice any ‘noob’ can get their basic Kung Fu on, although only Zen masters, and those who enjoy shaking the Sixaxis controller, will be able to keep up with niftier moves.

This four-way brute pounder is a treat. Direct punchy-kick blows flow into leaps where shuriken and crockery can be thrown with 360 degree laser precision, quarter-staffs and nunchucks can even be chucked between teammates and if you’re good you could (maybe) win an entire round without your feet ever touching the ground as you swing between platforms and fly through the air like a heat-seeking ninja.

Minigames add high scores to beat but merely ask you to score using certain moves, playing dodgeball or dunking haddock in a basket, and character customisation is ace. We wish we didn’t have to shake the pad to do a flying attack or fireball because chaining them together by keeping the analogue stick pointed at a target and repeatedly shaking, hurts our arms and kills our pride.

Apr 9, 2009

More Info

Release date: Apr 09 2009 - PS3 (US)
Apr 09 2009 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Fighting
Published by: SCEA
Developed by: Tarsier Studios
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence


  • BubbaLsL - May 16, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    For the United Staates it is free right now.raun of
  • crossed23 - April 15, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    Still playing Burn Zombie Burn at the moment
  • DasavageJ - April 13, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    Hmm now I'm debating it... anyone wanna buy it share it to me? Nice review thanks GR.
  • Blade1006 - April 9, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    I have only one question is it worth the money?
  • derbyt - May 23, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    I personly LOVE the fact that it utilizes the motion sensor function. It makes my PS3 into a Wii-like console. I would give this a 9 if PAIN got a 9(or 8)
  • garnsr - April 10, 2009 4:08 a.m.

    I've never gotten a chance to dunk haddock. I don't care much for Smash Bros, though.

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