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DescriptionLoosely 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.
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- "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
Part of the Following Groups
- Inspiration: Movies
- Jackie Chan licensees
- Nintendo's Action series
- Setting: Chinese
- Spartan X series
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1001 Video GamesThe Arcade version of Kung-Fu Master appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
InspirationThe 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".
LegacyThis 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 releaseThe game was one of the eighteen arcade games included in the compilation Irem Arcade Hits.
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Related Web Sites
- IMDB - Kwai tsan tseh (IMDB Information on the movie this game was based off of)
- Video review of NES accessories (WARNING: Laguage) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews some NES accessories and some associated games, including the Roll & Rocker and the U-Force and Kung Fu Master on NES.)