Review: Kung Fu Rabbit


By Zoe Hawkins on Thursday, May 2, 2013
"Kung Fu for your Wii U"

Sometimes, mobile games make it huge. The fact that you can get Angry Birds beanies is proof of that if nothing else is.  Apparently, Kung Fu Rabbit was so successful on the mobile platform, they decided to make it suitable for HD TVs and bring it to your Wii U.

The story, if you can really call it such, starts with the alien abduction of your bunny friends.  As the adorable Kung Fu Rabbit, it is your job to manoeuvre the increasingly difficult levels to save them, and collect all the carrots on the way.

Game play is reminiscent of classic platformers, complete with wall jumps, disintegrating blocks and perilous falls. Starting simple, the difficulty soon ramps up and I managed to achieve the dubious achievement of dying 20 times on the same level.  One mistimed jump, or movement that is a couple pixels out, can lead to your demise.  I eventually had to relinquish my OCD tendencies to collect all the carrots at the risk of never completing certain levels.

KFR1

After playing for a few minutes, you will notice that you are getting a splitting headache.  I would recommend that you mute the game while playing – the music is attempting to create an Asian atmosphere, but unfortunately is composed entirely of 5 second loops that grate on your nerves and might cause those who share your home to commit suicide.. or murder.

The game can be played on the TV, or using only the Wii U Gamepad. Convenient if you want to play while someone does something else on the TV, but also shows how completely useless the TV is in the experience.  In fact, there is nothing about the game play that utilizes the fantastic capabilities of the Wii U.

KFR2

Levels are quick to play, generally about a minute or two to complete.  However, mastering those levels and getting all the carrots without plunging to your death, or being killed by the ghosts with strange blue weak spots on their backs or heads, can take much, much longer.  There’s no health bar or checkpoints – you only need one pixel to make contact with something deadly and it’s back to square one.  That said, there are upgrades and items you can purchase with your carrots to make the game easier.

While there are a range of new obstacles that appear through the various levels, game play gets repetitive (like the music) and eventually boring.  It is a small game with limited replay value.  I actually wish that I had played this on a mobile platform instead – most of my issues with the game would have been less noticeable if I’d played in 5 minute spurts while waiting for my sushi takeaways.

Oh, and I would have liked some actual Kung Fu!

Kung Fu Rabbit was reviewed by on the of May , 2013 at 3:30 PM on Wii U

TOTAL
6.0
It's a cute game that is intuitive and plays well (as long as you keep it on mute). Nice retro feel, but unfortunately does not grow out of its mobile roots. Not bad...but not exactly good.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!
  • AndriyP

    What is this furry madness

  • OVG OfflineVideoGamer

    Good review :) down to the point and straight off the bat.

    Just a pity the the Wii U is not its own Tablet. Otherwise I would be in the car playing every lunch break. Those small screens like the VITA do my head in.

  • Yateen Dayaram

    hahaha that meme posted in the end of the review was class…very entertaining. Noddy badge to the reviewer. playing Kung Fu Rabbit and waiting for sushi sounds fun though…

  • Purple_Dragon

    Jazz Jackrabbit!

  • http://twitter.com/Lolita_za Yolanda Green

    Nice review Zoe! Looks like some mad fun :D

    • RedJoker

      So you can comment on Furry Fu’ness, but not write an article in like over a month (exaggeration)?
      Poor form Yolanda… I really thought you would be able to take on this newbie in a LG cat fight of article madness.

      ION, good luck with the whole Maternity thing!

      • http://twitter.com/Lolita_za Yolanda Green

        Lulz! Can’t say that I don’t absolutely miss the crap out of working. I have to stop myself from getting into it every morning :S But it’s worth the withdrawal symptoms every time I look at this little bug https://twitter.com/Lolita_za/status/328493623719104514/photo/1

        I’ll be back though!

        • http://twitter.com/Moonstormer Zoe

          Miss you, too! but that face is adorable – you must enjoy every second with her! when you’re back we can satisfy the masses with an article cat fight of awesomeness ;)

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  • fred

    I’m liking it – would give it 8 personally.

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