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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 ZX Spectrum 2nd level - boss with boomerang not about to be knocked out but really knocked out. (what's that sound behi..)
Kung-Fu Master ZX Spectrum Player is knocked down by an exploding confetti ball.
Kung-Fu Master ZX Spectrum Player kicks a bit too early.
Kung-Fu Master ZX Spectrum Bees and tom toms at Level 4. Note the mixed colors at sprite collision.

Promo Images

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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

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair Sep, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Crash! Aug, 1986 56 out of 100 56
Retro Archives Jul 20, 2018 9.5 out of 20 48
Sinclair User Sep, 1986 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gamer Sep, 1986 6 out of 20 30


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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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Martin Smith (76899) added Kung-Fu Master (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 02, 2004
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