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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 Commodore 64 The boss at the end of level one
Kung-Fu Master ZX Spectrum Starting position at Level 1.
Kung-Fu Master NES Pack of gnomes.
Kung-Fu Master ZX Spectrum 1st level - final boss (flying knock-out).

Promo Images

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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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User Reviews

A strange game that's probably valuable only to those who have nostalgic feelings for it NES Feem (45)
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Please, sir, can I have a hug? Arcade Katakis | カタキス (42788)
Sideways view arcade beat em up that is quite fun to master! Amstrad CPC Optimus (83)

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 NES 1987 80 out of 100 80
neXGam Atari 2600 Jun 27, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
Retro Archives Amstrad CPC Jul 20, 2018 11 out of 20 55
Retro Archives NES Jul 20, 2018 11 out of 20 55
Retro Archives Atari 7800 Jul 20, 2018 10.5 out of 20 52
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Sep 25, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Retro Archives ZX Spectrum Jul 20, 2018 9.5 out of 20 48
1UP! NES Jul 04, 2016 46 out of 100 46
Power Play NES Dec, 1987 4.5 out of 10 45
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 May 22, 2017 D- 16


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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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