DescriptionThis menacingly-titled beat 'em up was the first in many martial arts titles from Australia's Melbourne House. Sixteen different moves are on offer, ranging from standard kicks to jumps, somersaults and roundhouse kicks.
The move executed each time is defined based on the character's direction, the joystick/keyboard positioning, and on whether the fire button is depressed, in a system which became standard on single-button control systems.
To win each bout you must score 2 Yin-Yangs - a perfectly executed kick/punch scores a full one, whereas a less forceful contact offers half a point - the best moves also offer more points. In the one-player game, you advance through a Dan by winning two successive bouts, and a single win for the opponent means game over. The champion in a two-player duel is decided by points after 4 rounds.
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- "Way of the Exploding Fist" -- UK (Ricochet release) title
- "The Way of the Exploding Fist" -- UK title
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|Your 64||Aug, 1985||100|
|Your Computer||Aug, 1985||100|
|Commodore User||Jul, 1985||5 out of 5||100|
|Zzap!||Aug, 1985||93 out of 100||93|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Aug, 1985||37 out of 40||92|
|Commodore Force||Jan, 1993||91 out of 100||91|
|Commodore Force||Jul, 1993||89 out of 100||89|
|Your Commodore||Dec, 1990||82 out of 100||82|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||May, 1987||9.6 out of 12||80|
|Home Computing Weekly||Jun 18, 1985||80|
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SalesAccording to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #19 best selling game (182.407 copies).
- ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
- March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Sports Simulations (editorial staff choice)
- Computer Gamer
- February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
- Happy Computer
- Issue 02/1986 - #3 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)
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