Old School Sundays: Kung-Fu Master

In 1984 Arcade Galleria’s had their hands on an instant classic. Kung-Fu Master was a great action fighter game that included 5 floors of kicking and punching (and sweeping midgets).

The player takes the role of Keiji Thomas, a man in a Keikogi and slippers. Thomas’s girlfriend, Sylvia, has been kidnapped by “Mr. X”, and Thomas must fight through five side-scrolling floors full of enemies to rescue her.

The first floor of the temple contains Grippers (standard Kung Fu henchmen who charge Thomas and grab him, draining his life bar) and Knife Throwers (men who throw knives high or low). But subsequent levels introduce Tom Toms (small dwarves who can surprise Thomas by jumping on his head), poisonous moths, fire-breathing dragons (Thomas must punch or kick them before they breathe fire), snakes, and confetti balls. (These hang in mid-air for a few seconds and then explode into three pieces after a few seconds; Thomas must jump kick these before they explode. If Thomas is hit by any pieces of debris from an exploding confetti ball, he takes massive damage.)

Each of the five floors ends with a different boss who must be defeated before Thomas can climb the stairs to the next floor. The first two bosses are ordinary men armed with a stick and honed boomerangs, respectively. The third is a Giant, the fourth a Black Magician, and the fifth is Mr. X, a versatile Kung Fu master. Thomas must complete each floor within a fixed time. The timer starts at 2000. If it falls below 330, a warning sounds. If a boss defeats Thomas, the boss laughs. Although there are five bosses, the game only uses two different synthesized laughs.

Enjoy your Old School Sunday! Hii-Ya!

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. I loved this game growing up..this was one of the first games I got with my Nintendo – along with Duck Hunt, Hogan’s Alley,and Kung Fu!!

    i tried blowing in my nintendo so i could play it again but that failed so I guess I am out of luck.

  2. Kung Fu Master was one of my top games growing up. I just hated those disappearing dragons in level 2, I could never figure out how to defeat them. Twenty three years later I find out through your blog that I need to hit them before they shoot the fire. Thanks Kezinz.com!

  3. Another satisfied customer! This game was one of the first that introduced enemies coming from the left and right. A bit tricky for that time.

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