The Grandfather of Kung fu beat em ups
Here we have, Kung fu on the Nintendo Entertainment system. A classic and fun game. That I really happened to enjoy playing on vizzed, I've figured I do a review of it, and not to mention.. I haven't done a review in about a week or 2.. :S , so without a further ado please enjoy the review.
Game background & Storyline: Starting out like a lot of home console games, Kung fu on the nes, was based on Kung fu master the arcade game, this game was one of the first, if not the very first, Beat em up game. The storyline takes place here. one day a Kung fu master by the name of Thomas, had a girlfriend named Silvia, They were enjoying their time Together, Until they both got attacked/assaulted by a group of unknown warriors, Thomas tried to hold them off and keep Silvia, but he failed and Silvia got kidnapped. One day Thomas, had Received a Letter from the name of Mr X, Saying how and if you want to rescue you're girl friend, so Now you have to defeat all enemies, and bosses and rescue Silvia. The only thing about the storyline that confused me, was the ending, Now I cannot reveal the storyline ending, due to spoilers, but if you see/read the last bit of the storyline, You should understand why It confused me for a bit, until I realized this game was a never ending cycle, either that or the developers could have been planning a Sequel to this game, anyways storyline rating six out of ten.
Graphics: These Visuals seem to fit better then there arcade counterparts.
Now in general, looking at the nes and the arcade versions, they look a lot different from one another, but at the end of the day, I will prefer the nes style of the graphics for Kung fu, and the reason for that is, because, the characters don't have much of a 80's style look as the characters did in the arcade version, and In general the characters are less blurry, and more neater looking in my opinion, The characters like Thomas does have a different kung fu suit, were this time he has a White suit with a black belt, In the arcade version he had a blue clothing and a red belt. Each of the characters really look much more crispy styled in this game, Even the dragons, the butchers, they all look so much better then they did in the arcade version. Stages: The stages are pretty basic looking if I say so myself, but I really like the arranged version of the floor and background coloring, they look much more modern and crisp, for this type of game, than they did on the arcade original version, the stages just look a bit plan, to me, because of just a blue sky in the background, a basic looking temple and other stuff etc. The animation: The animation Didn't look too bad for this title, as it looked pretty smooth and flowed along with the characters nicely, The only thing about the animation in the game that annoyed me, was Thomas going up the stairs animation, that animation sequence really annoyed the heck out of me, It just looked so boring and plan to watch, and it wastes some seconds of my time. Graphics rating seven out of ten.
Sound: Nothing much to describe about the sound quality here(so excuse me if this section is short) Anyways, The sound effects sound much better, on the nes version, because they sound a bit more clear, and more epic, than the tiny squeaky sounds like the arcade version had, You have all you're basic sounds, Like hooyah, and other sound effects, when you punch, kick, and knock out a boss, and he goes like oof. That sound effect always made me had a good time, especially after getting my butt handed to me, a lot of times during game play. (Soundtrack: There's only like two theme's, that play during the entire game. The first theme only happens when you receive the letter during the arcade version, and the start of level one on the nes version, the main theme happens during each of the levels, and it sounds pretty basic, to me, Just basically because of the tune's composition it's self, Is pretty repeative, and it doesn't sound all that memorable, in comparison, The nes version of the arcade theme's sound almost the same, the nes port does sound like it has a bit more of a lower tune to me , but other then that, it sounds the same to me. Sound rating five out of ten.
Addictiveness depth & difficulty: I always found kung fu master to be addicting for the main challenge that it brings, I mean the enemies and everything is so hard to face, I would have to constantly keep on playing this game, just to try to get good at it, and the main reason for this, is because the Cpu"aka" the enemies are so freaking cheap and hard to deal with, the butchers are really annoying with them always trying to back up and throw knifes at You, the enemies who hit you with their fist, I had struggle with them, because whenever I got hit by one of them, I could never escape or break free from their attack for some reason. the bosses are pretty annoying as well, one they are strong and cheap, two It makes me button mash and sometimes constantly jump kick just to defeat them. Depth: For the depth part of the section, There's really not much to say, I hate to be a party pooper, but the developers of the game, spoiled how many levels their is in the game, you'll see that in the intro screen, like the intro/cut scene said, there is only five levels in the game, but on the bright side, each of them take quite a bit to finish, due to the addictiveness and difficulty mentioned at the top. addictiveness rating nine out of ten, Depth and difficulty rating eight out of ten.
Overall kung fu master on the nes, is a great port of the original arcade classic, overall total rating 8.0