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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 The giant boss of the third level. Not that hard. Also notice that the deep purple guys grabbed me. Just move left-right very fast to escape from them..
Kung-Fu Master NES 1-Floor.
Kung-Fu Master Atari 7800 First floor boss.
Kung-Fu Master Arcade Face kick

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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)
Judo Chop! NES Matt Neuteboom (989)
Please, sir, can I have a hug? Arcade Katakis | カタキス (41888)
Sideways view arcade beat em up that is quite fun to master! Amstrad CPC Optimus (83)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 04, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 79 out of 100 79 NES Jan 04, 2012 15 out of 20 75
neXGam Atari 2600 Jun 27, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
Tilt NES Dec, 1987 12 out of 20 60
Retro Archives NES Jul 20, 2018 11 out of 20 55
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Sep, 1986 6 out of 20 30
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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