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Oriental Games (Atari ST)

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The Oriental Games offer skilled martial artists the chance to prove themselves in Kung Fu, Kendo and the relatively brutal Kyo-Kus-Hin-Kai., using “courage, skill and flare” (sic) according to the packaging. It makes for a series of one-on-one fights viewed from the side.

Kendo involves using a stick as your weapon, whereas Kung Fu various punches and kicks and Kyo-Kus-Hin-Kai involves head butts and flying attacks. You can jump over opponents; a quick tap of the fire button turns you around. You have an energy bar with 5 blocks of gradually decreasing colours, which drops when you are hit and increases as you pass time without being hit. Impressive moves earn you bonus Merit Awards.

On the 16-bit versions, there are 3 skill levels (Novice, Professional and Master), digitised sound, and an editor to set up joystick moves. The 8-bit versions lack these niceties, but include an extra discipline, Sumo; these are played in sequence rather than by choice.

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Oriental Games Atari ST Style awards for the tournament - unsurprisingly the top 4 all got to the semis
Oriental Games Atari ST Game selection
Oriental Games Atari ST Good news for manufacturers of liquid food that it wasn't, I guess
Oriental Games Atari ST The draw

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The Press Says

The One Jul, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1990 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Jul, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ST Action Oct, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Atari ST User Aug, 1990 78 out of 100 78
ST Format May, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Aug, 1990 66 out of 100 66

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Martin Smith (63052) added Oriental Games (Atari ST) on Jan 04, 2007
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