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The Oriental Games offer skilled martial artists the chance to prove themselves in Kung Fu, Kendo and the relatively brutal Kyo-Kus-Hin-Kai., using “courage, skill and flare” (sic) according to the packaging. It makes for a series of one-on-one fights viewed from the side.

Kendo involves using a stick as your weapon, whereas Kung Fu various punches and kicks and Kyo-Kus-Hin-Kai involves head butts and flying attacks. You can jump over opponents; a quick tap of the fire button turns you around. You have an energy bar with 5 blocks of gradually decreasing colours, which drops when you are hit and increases as you pass time without being hit. Impressive moves earn you bonus Merit Awards.

On the 16-bit versions, there are 3 skill levels (Novice, Professional and Master), digitised sound, and an editor to set up joystick moves. The 8-bit versions lack these niceties, but include an extra discipline, Sumo; these are played in sequence rather than by choice.


Oriental Games Amstrad CPC Sumo
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Oriental Games ZX Spectrum Kendo

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The One Atari ST Jul, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1990 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1993 78 out of 100 78
ST Format Atari ST May, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum May, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1990 66 out of 100 66
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1990 57 out of 100 57
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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