Kung Fu Kid

aka: Makai Retsuden, Sapo Xulé O Mestre do Kung Fu

Description official description

The wicked Madanda has just awakened from a sleep of several thousand years, and as the hero, your job is to use your kung-fu skills to fight the thugs in each of the seven rounds before reaching him, and you have 99 seconds to complete each round. The thugs tend to attack you from behind as well as in front. As usual, you have to defeat a boss at the end of each round in order to proceed to the next round. However, round six requires you to fight several bosses. Bonus points are awarded at the end of each round for the energy and time that still remains.

Spellings

  • 魔界列伝 - Japanese spelling

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Reviews

Critics

Average score: 60% (based on 13 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 11 ratings with 1 reviews)

Good Game-Fu

The Good
Every stage in the game is rich in colour and decoratively patterned. A couple of those stages are mazes for more interesting platforming. If you’re good at jumping with those easy to grasp controls, you can practically breeze through a lot of the stages without losing much health. From beginning to end you hear those music tracks so well-composed in PSG, especially the oriental melody in Stage 4.

The Bad
The two-player mode is pretty pointless with its alternating between players. Having two kung fu kids fighting together at the same time is an exceptional must in games like this. What makes the gameplay unforgiving is the lack checkpoints, especially when you make it to the boss and die at that point.

The Bottom Line
This title may probably be Sega’s counterpart to the NES game The Karate Kid, but didn’t really spawn a promising franchise after that. Still it was a vast improvement over its predecessor Dragon Wang. This is a purely exclusive Master System title which retro Sega fans would greatly appreciate having. Too bad it didn’t get a Game Gear port, but I suppose you can’t have it all.

SEGA Master System · by Kayburt (26199) · 2022

Trivia

Version differences

A version of this game was released in Brazil called Sapo Xulé: O Mestre do Kung Fu, which means "Sapo Xulé: The Kung Fu Master". Instead of Kung Fu Kid, the player controlled Sapo Xulé, a character based on a popular toy in Brazil back in the '80s: a frog with shoes which, when taken off, release a really bad smell.

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  • MobyGames ID: 13374

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Game added by Katakis | カタキス.

Additional contributors: chirinea, Pseudo_Intellectual, Patrick Bregger, Vito Giovannelli.

Game added May 22nd, 2004. Last modified August 17th, 2023.