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Kung-Fu Master (Atari 2600)

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Description

Loosely based on a movie, Kung-Fu Master is a side scrolling action game for one or two players, who alternate turns.

Mr. X has captured the pickpocket Sylvia and it is up to Thomas, a kung-fu master who owns a restaurant, to get her back. She is located on the top floor of Mr. X's castle and Thomas will need to fight his way to the top. Of course, this won't be easy as each floor has many opponents to get past and a floor boss at the end of each level.

Thomas is able to move left and right, jump, duck, and punch and kick. Enemy projectiles such as knives can be kicked in the air to rebound them towards the enemy. On the top floor resides Mr. X himself.

Screenshots

Kung-Fu Master Atari 2600 Title screen
Kung-Fu Master Atari 2600 Dragons, be careful!
Kung-Fu Master Atari 2600 Incoming bad guys!
Kung-Fu Master Atari 2600 Ducking a knife that was thrown at you

Alternate Titles

  • "Spartan X" -- Japanese title
  • "Kung Fu Master" -- Alternate in-game spelling
  • "Kung Fu" -- NES title
  • "スパルタンX" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Atari Times Aug 25, 2004 92 out of 100 92
Game Freaks 365 Jul 04, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Play Mar, 1988 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 25, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Kung-Fu Master appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Inspiration

The original coin-op of this game is based on the Jackie Chan movie Kwai tsan tseh. In Japan, the movie was shown under the name "Spartan X" and indeed the original Japanese name for this game is "Spartan X". In North America, the movie's name is "Wheels on Meals" and the game's name is "Kung-Fu Master" or simply "Kung-Fu".

Legacy

This game is often mentioned as one of the first beat 'em up's inspiring successful arcade brawlers like Renegade, Double Dragon, and Final Fight.

Information also contributed by BurningStickMan

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Servo (55924) added Kung-Fu Master (Atari 2600) on Jan 02, 2004
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