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Loosely based on a movie, Kung-Fu Master is a side scrolling action game for one or two players, who alternate turns.

Mr. X has captured the pickpocket Sylvia and it is up to Thomas, a kung-fu master who owns a restaurant, to get her back. She is located on the top floor of Mr. X's castle and Thomas will need to fight his way to the top. Of course, this won't be easy as each floor has many opponents to get past and a floor boss at the end of each level.

Thomas is able to move left and right, jump, duck, and punch and kick. Enemy projectiles such as knives can be kicked in the air to rebound them towards the enemy. On the top floor resides Mr. X himself.


Kung-Fu Master Amstrad CPC And the funny gorilla boss. Notice that it can only be killed with low punch. Normally, by using any other move, the player paralyzes but I've noticed a bug that also crashes the game if you try!!!
Kung-Fu Master Amstrad CPC The final boss! On the CPC version of the game, I still haven't found a logical way to beat him. It's just pure luck and hitting the keyboard for several minutes ;P
Kung-Fu Master Amstrad CPC Beating those dudes who throw daggers by doing an aerial hit while jumping over their throwing knifes proves to be fun! Though beware, they need two hits..
Kung-Fu Master Amstrad CPC The loading screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Taekwon-Do" -- Spanish MSX title
  • "Spartan X" -- Japanese Arcade / NES title
  • "Seiken Achō" -- Japanese MSX title
  • "Kung Fu Master" -- Alternate in-game spelling
  • "Kung Fu" -- NES title
  • "スパルタンX" -- Japanese spelling

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Sideways view arcade beat em up that is quite fun to master! Optimus (83) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars

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Retro Archives Jul 20, 2018 11 out of 20 55


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Kung-Fu Master appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The original coin-op of this game is based on the Jackie Chan movie Kwai tsan tseh. In Japan, the movie was shown under the name "Spartan X" and indeed the original Japanese name for this game is "Spartan X". In North America, the movie's name is "Wheels on Meals" and the game's name is "Kung-Fu Master" or simply "Kung-Fu".


This game is often mentioned as one of the first beat 'em up's inspiring successful arcade brawlers like Renegade, Double Dragon, and Final Fight.

Windows release

The game was one of the eighteen arcade games included in the compilation Irem Arcade Hits.

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Kabushi (257500) added Kung-Fu Master (Amstrad CPC) on Nov 15, 2005
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