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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.


Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist Amstrad CPC I got half a point for that.
Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist Amstrad CPC I've knocked him down when I am at 1st dan.
Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist Amstrad CPC Oof! He popped me one.
Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist Amstrad CPC Title and loading screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Way of the Exploding Fist" -- UK (Ricochet release) title
  • "The Way of the Exploding Fist" -- UK title
  • "Exploding Fist" -- NES title

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Amstrad Action Oct, 1985 94 out of 100 94
Amtix! Oct, 1985 88 out of 100 88
Happy Computer Sep, 1985 Unscored Unscored
Amstar Sep, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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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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Zovni (10628) added Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist (Amstrad CPC) on Sep 13, 2007
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