1984
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

52
Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: Charmingly oriental graphics frame well-animated Bruce Lee clones trying to knock each other senseless in this superb example of on-Spectrum violence. Stomping, rather than getting stomped, means advance as well as retreat, and there's a choice of four classic blows in the authentic 'punch-chop-kick' martial arts tradition. Your inscrutable opponent will attempt to block all your attacks and smack you in the gob. An action replay facility allows you to study the sequence leading to each terminally-successful knuckle sandwich delivery.

Acquisition of 48K black belt status eventually leads to another screen with different background and figures - but the action stays more or less the same. This is one of few action games where cursor control can be extremely accurate, simply because of Kung Fu fighting's formalised movements. Although it initially appears simplistic, the various combinations of attack, defence and surprise can be very entertaining and it's certainly safer than the real thing! For enthusiasts of the real thing, it'll provide a chance to keep in trim while their smashed bodies heal ...3/5 HIT

Dave: Kung Fu is quite a good martial arts simulation, but I'd have liked a few more possible 'moves' and a bit less randomness. 2.5/5 MISS

Ross: A delightful program combining humour, skill, good graphics and violence. The thrill of advancing on your opponent and knocking him down with one swift blow is fun. 3.5/5 HIT

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