Kung Fu is a conversion of the Kung-Fu Master arcade game released by Irem in 1984. The game is a simple side scrolling beat ‘em up in which you have to rescue your kidnapped girlfriend. I was in two minds on whether to include this as why have arcade conversions when the real thing is so much better? I thought I’d give it a chance anyway and gave it a go. Then another. Then another. It had me hooked so I had to add it to my list.
The game is set over 5 levels, each ending with a boss. The first level hosts only two types of enemies but more are added as you progress. Your character only has a limited number of moves – he can crouch, jump, punch and kick. The punch attack scores more points than the kick but has a shorter range. You have a limited time in which to complete each level and bonus points are added to your score depending on the remaining time and any energy left.
I’m not a massive fan of the Street Fighter style games that require 6+ buttons and memorising special moves so Kung Fu appealed to me due to its simplicity. The graphics are obviously not as good as the arcade machine and neither is the animation; however I find the sound to be better. Overall, Kung Fu is a great, addictive little title. It is a bit repetitive though this is to be expected in a game such as this.