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US Gold Ltd
Arcade: Gang beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Richard Eddy, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

56% Issue 31

ROBIN: In this conversion of a coin-op original, you have to rescue a fair damsel from the evil clutches of a wizard. As the eponymous master, you progress through five levels fighting off other kung fu warriors and assorted monsters conjured up by the wizard's sorcery. Moves for attack and defence can be accessed quite easily.

I was never impressed by the arcade game of Kung Fu Master, and US Gold's conversion is terrible. Graphically it's inept, with attribute problems and flickery animation, and the gameplay is very boring. Though the arcade original was run-of-the-mill, a lot more could have been made of this licence.

RICKY: I didn't think much of the coin-op Kung Fu Master, and this is no improvement - Scooby Doo is a better game along similar lines.