Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist

aka: Exploding Fist, The Way of the Exploding Fist, Way of the Exploding Fist
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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.

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6 People

Game Design
© 1985
  • Beam Software
Cover Illustration



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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)

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

BBC Micro added by POMAH. Antstream added by firefang9212. NES added by Sciere. Amstrad CPC added by Zovni. Electron, Commodore 16, Plus/4 added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Sciere, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack, ZeTomes.

Game added August 31st, 2004. Last modified September 30th, 2023.