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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.


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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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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 93 out of 100 93
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Oct, 1985 88 out of 100 88
Tilt ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
64'er Commodore 64 Oct, 1985 12 out of 15 80
Retro Archives ZX Spectrum Mar 31, 2022 13 out of 20 65
Retro Archives BBC Micro Mar 31, 2022 12 out of 20 60
Retro Archives Commodore 16, Plus/4 Mar 31, 2022 9.5 out of 20 48
Amstar Amstrad CPC Sep, 1986 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Sep, 1985 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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