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US Gold Ltd
1984
Arcade: Platform
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Mark Caswell, Kati Hamza
Chris Bourne

With a name like Bruce Lee this sounds as if it has to be a beat- 'em-up - in fact it's an extremely slick, old-style platform game. First released back in May 1985 by US Gold., it deals with Bruce's attempts to discover the secret of immortality and gain an infinite supply of treasure in the process.

The setting for this unambitious task is a wizard's fortress booby trapped with electrical charges and defended by two formidable guards (sounds a hit like Lloyd 's house - Ed). Ninja and Green Yamo, who follow Bruce everywhere, have already discovered the secret that our oriental hero so desperately seeks. Soon after they've been beaten to a palpitating pulp, they manage to regenerate and begin their protection racket all over again. Lanterns collected from various rooms give access to further chambers which lead to still more before winding ultimately to the nerve centre of the wizard's lair.

As a classic platform game Bruce Lee still provides plenty of action-packed fun. Exploring the complex secrets of the wizard's fortress, constantly on the point of hurtling to a painful death or being trapped in a corner by the vicious Varna, is an incredibly addictive process which should keep you hooked for hours and hours. But don't be disappointed if you complete it (many times!), the action just gets harder and harder. If you haven't got a copy do a flying leg chop in the direction of your local establishment.

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General Rating:

88%