Kung Fu is a remake of Irem's arcade game Kung-Fu Master. It was developed by Nintendo and released in 1985. The arcade title was credited as being the first beat-em up video game, a genre that while in recent years has died down in popularity featured some of the noteworthy titles during the 80's and 90's with games such as Double Dragon, Final Fight and Bad Dudes. This version was made by the same team who made Super Mario Bros.
Players go through a sidescrolling level and can traverse upwards and downwards at the same time. Punches are the most powerful type of attack, though kicks have much better range. If the player character, Thomas, is attacked by an opponent, his health will subsequently start to decrease. Attacking them with your variety of attacks will cause them to eventually be defeated. At the end of each stage is a boss in which the player most defeat in order to progress. In all there are five bosses. Once all of the bosses have been defeated, the player will then start the game over, though it'll be more challenging the second time around.
One day, a kung-fu master, Thomas, and his girlfriend, Silvia, are attacked by a gang of mysteriously men. While Thomas is trying to fight off the people in front of him, more come from the back, capture Silvia and then all of them take off. Thomas finds a letter left behind from a man named Mr. X that reads:
Your love Silvia
Thomas follows X's instructions and immediately shows up at the temple. There he must fight through 5 floors, each with an array of enemies, obstacles, and a boss at the end, until he reaches the 6th floor, in which he must fight Mr. X himself to free Silvia.
Kick, jump and punch your way to victory in KUNG FU!
You'll need lightning-fast reactions to knock out the Knife Thrower, stop the Stick Fighter, and trip-up the evil Tom Tom Brothers in this action-packed martial arts contest! Are you sure you're tough enough? Because, it'll take all your strength and skill to master the moves in KUNG FU, beat your opponents and rescue the fair Sylvia who's help captive on the top floor! The action in non-stop, and just when you think you've got your enemies licked there's always a Giant, a Snake, or a fire-breathing Dragon to contend with in KUNG FU!
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