Melbourne House
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

Richard Eddy, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

92% Issue 21

ROBIN: In this, the original beat-'em-up, the player has to fight through 11 levels to reach the rank of Tenth Dan. At your disposal are a whole host of movements, which are easily used with a joystick.

When this was released in the autumn of 1985 it was one of the most enjoyable games around, and even today I occasionally find myself returning to this golden oldie; The Way Of The Exploding Fist holds a special kind of magic because it was the first worthwhile game of its type.

The movement of the monochromatic characters is good, though sometimes a touch sluggish. Like many beat-'em-ups it's a bit too easy to be addictive in the long term, but the two-player option is fun, and The Way Of The Exploding Fist is worth looking at.

RICKY: Despite its age, The Way Of The Exploding Fist has stood up very well, retaining its exciting and addictive elements. It's no wonder a game of this standard set off such a massive craze, and I'd still Smash it, so...