Copyright/Publisher: Firebird/Beam Software, Release Year: 1988,
Genre: Figthing Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
After a hard day at the inflatable toy factory it's time to relax... You pull on your
Kung Fu pyjamas and get down to the centre of town to beat the living daylights out
of two similarly-minded martial artists.
So there you are, in the middle of the street in your jammies, faced with these two
mean-looking Orientals - what are you going to do? What you're going to do is show off
those 16 fancy Kung Fu moves you've been practising on your granny, beat these guys to
muesli and get yourself moving up the Dan league table to the commanding positions of
Your repertoire of martial manoeuvres include five different punches, three kicks, two
leg sweeps and numerous evasive movements (even forward and backward cartwheels - oooh!).
When a fighter scores a hit on one of his opponents, he illuminates one of six score lights;
two if he scored with a torso or head blow. At the end of each time round, the player with
the least number of lights lit loses and is disqualified from the next round.
Every two rounds there's a bonus stage, in which you have to move an on-screen hand into
the optimum position for throwing daggers into ninjas who are rushing across the the rooftops
to get you. If one lands on the plaza where you're standing it's back to the streets for
more beat'em up larks with your two pugilist pals.
Beat'em, biff'em, do a cartwheel into their msuh - yeah! Erm... I've liked this sort of game
ever since I clapped eyes on Yie Ar Kung Fu - ooh, ages and ages ago. OK, so this isn't the
greatest example of Kung Fu fun, but it is quite enjoyable while it lasts - even if that isn't
all that long.
The graphics and sound aren't a patch on IK+ and the action isn't all that tough to control
bujt somehow Fist+ just grows on you. Still, IK+ would probably grow on you more... If you
just want one really good Kung Fu simulator, this probably won't be the one. On the other hand,
if you're a bit of a karate chop freak, at least give this a whirl.
Hang on, haven't we seen this somewhere before? This is very much like System 3's International
Karate+, except it's not as polished graphically or sonically. The quality of the sprites
and backgrounds hovers just above avrage, but the use of sound seems to comprise sampled
parrot squawks fromt the fighters and an awful background dirge.
The fighting action is surprisingly easy to control considering the number of moves -
there's even a couple of new ones, like the cartwheels and the back elbow, which should
impress anyone's totoise. On the whole, Fist+ is good fun to play for a while, and the
knifethrowing sequence puts a bit of spice into the game, but it needed to be better
presented to make it a serious competitor for IK+ - especially at this price.