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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 NES ...but not for long.
Kung-Fu Master NES Killer-bees.
Kung-Fu Master NES You can defeat several baddies with one kick.
Kung-Fu Master NES Title screen

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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 Feem (45) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Judo Chop! Matt Neuteboom (989) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Génération 4 1987 80 out of 100 80 Jan 04, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Retroage Dec 10, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73 Jul, 2012 B- 67
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Tilt Dec, 1987 12 out of 20 60
Retro Archives Jul 20, 2018 11 out of 20 55
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 11, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Power Play Dec, 1987 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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Servo (57358) added Kung-Fu Master (NES) on Oct 17, 2002
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