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In this tie-in to the 1986 John Carpenter movie starring Kurt Russell, you must thwart the evil plans of Mandarin Lo Pan who has kidnapped two green-eyed girls in order to marry and sacrifice them in order to become mortal again. You play as 3 characters, one at a time, in this action platformer:

- Jack Burton, a burly but bit dumb action hero who fights with fists and later with a "Bushmaster" gun. Ammo must be found to be able to keep using it.

- Wang Chi, whose girlfriend along with Jack's has been kidnapped, uses Martial Arts and later a sword when found. More swords will be needed as they will break after awhile.

- Egg Shen is a magician who has vowed to stop the ancient prophecy from coming about, and fights with magic bolts which can turn later on into more powerful lightning if magic potions are found.

Each character has an energy status bar at bottom of screen represented by a Yin and Yang Symbol that slowly disappears but can be replenished by finding food. A weapons symbol is shown if they possess it and magic potion symbol will give them extra strength if found. You must alternate among the 3 characters to keep their status from falling too low and dying, and each has to pick up their own appropriate weapons. They all can move forwards and backwards, jump, duck and attack at different heights.

They have to fight through several levels including the streets of Chinatown, where martial artist enemies await and gunmen that must be avoided until more experience is gathered. Further on, you go into the sewers where additional monsters must be avoided by jumping over them. Then they will reach the rooms of the underground lair of Lo Pan where large-hat wearing elementals called Storms await. The final battle takes place in the Marriage chamber where armoured warriors and the levitating Lo Pan must be vanquished in order to free the kidnapped girls.


Big Trouble in Little China ZX Spectrum Intro screen with credits
Big Trouble in Little China Amstrad CPC Our heroes
Big Trouble in Little China Commodore 64 A new area
Big Trouble in Little China Amstrad CPC Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Golpe En La Pequena China" -- Spanish title

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Critic Reviews

Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 60 out of 100 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 6 out of 10 60
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 34 out of 100 34
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 26 out of 100 26
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1987 3 out of 12 25
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 3 out of 12 25
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1987 3 out of 12 25


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