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Uchi Mata is a unique tournament-based Judo fighting game in which you play as a judoka in the ultimate tournament.

The game is played from a non-scrolling side view. You control your fighter and attempt to get within striking distance of your opponent, however you don't attack directly with your attack button. Instead, your attack command puts you in a fighting stance that allows you to input a series of directional moves. That, combined with the correct feet placement of both fighters (which can be seen in a helpful window) allows you to unleash specific throws and offensive maneuvers that form the basis of the combat in the game. A stamina and health bar also keep your attacks in check, as you may need to rest and build up your strength in order to perform effective attacks.


Uchi Mata ZX Spectrum Thrown to the ground
Uchi Mata MSX Hi-ya!
Uchi Mata ZX Spectrum Thrown into the air
Uchi Mata Commodore 64 Get your feet between his to pull off this move

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Alternate Titles

  • "Judo Uchi Mata" -- Reissue title
  • "Brian Jacks' Uchi Mata" -- In-game title

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Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 89 out of 100 89
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 75 out of 100 75
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC May, 1987 75 out of 100 75
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 11 out of 15 73
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jun, 1993 7 out of 10 70
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 62 out of 100 62
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC May, 1987 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum May, 1987 5 out of 10 50
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jun, 1987 8 out of 20 40


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Mastering error

Early copies of the Spectrum version contained an early preview copy of the game, rather than the finished debugged version. A free exchange of the defective copies was offered by Martech.
Contributed to by Zovni (10665) and Martin Smith (66824)