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The Way of the Exploding Fist (Commodore 64)

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This 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.


The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 64 Title screen (with almighty 2-bit kyaaaah sound)
The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 64 Second arena (out of four)
The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 64 Third arena (out of four)
The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 64 Fourth arena (out of four)

Alternate Titles

  • "The Way of the Exploding Fist" -- UK Title

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The Press Says

Commodore User Jul, 1985 5 out of 5 100
Zzap! Aug, 1985 93 out of 100 93
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
64'er Oct, 1985 12 out of 15 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1987 9.6 out of 12 80


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According 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)

Martin Smith (63104) added The Way of the Exploding Fist (Commodore 64) on Aug 30, 2004
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