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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Kung Fu Panda board game announced – and it’s not a Monopoly reskin

Well, it certainly looks the part!

Yep, you read it right people. Modiphius Entertainment, makers of the John Carter RPG, Achtung! Cthulhu and the new Thunderbirds board game have signed a licensing agreement with Dreamworks Animation to produce Kung Fu Panda: the Co-operative game.

Letting you step in to the action as either Po or one of the Furious Five, the boardgame will feature intense dice rolling action, as the players co-operate to defeat Tai Lung and other villains from the Kung Fu Panda films and animated series.

Each of the heroes; Po, Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper will be represented by awesome miniatures and have a growing arsenal of martial arts as they progress through a series of exotic adventures. By defeating villains, completing quests and helping others, players will gain Kharma to upgrade their characters abilities and secure the use of legendary artifacts from Master Shifu with which to face yet deadlier perils

This doesn’t give a whole lot away, sounding supiciously similar to many other dungeon-crawler archetypes like Descent and the Pathfinder card game. However, ME have already shown they can make great games with well-loved licenses. The popularity of Kung Fu Panda is enough to have me intrigued as to what they’ll do with this one, and whether it will have enough substance to not be written off as a kid’s game.

So what do you folks think? Worth checking out, even if just to play as a chunky panda who kicks tooshie?

Images and press release from Modiphius Entertainment.

Bevan Clatworthy
An avid board and card gamer, this displaced Cornishman has spent way too much time playing games and skulking around his local hobby shops. He later escaped to Swindon, the land of roundabouts, where he currently designs games whilst infecting those who stand still too long with his gaming lurgy.

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