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The Way of the Exploding Fist

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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3.8
Commodore 16, Plus/4
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Description

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.

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The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 64 First arena (out of four)
The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 16, Plus/4 Let's fight.
The Way of the Exploding Fist Amstrad CPC My final score at 2nd dan.
The Way of the Exploding Fist Commodore 64 Third arena (out of four)

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The Press Says

Commodore User Commodore 64 Jul, 1985 5 out of 5 100
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 93 out of 100 93
Crash! ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 92 out of 100 92
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Jan, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Jul, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Computer Gamer Commodore 16, Plus/4 Feb, 1987 60 out of 100 60

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Trivia

Sales

According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #19 best selling game (182.407 copies).

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 02/1986 - #3 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)

Contributed to by POMAH (33731), Zovni (9360), Kabushi (122059) and Martin Smith (63159)