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Way Of The Exploding Fist
|Developer / Publisher||Melbourne House|
|Media||1 x |
|Way Of The Exploding Fist is one of those very early one-on-one karate fighting games. It was released in 1985 and published by Melbourne House for the Acorn Electron / BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 16, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game was praised a lot for its great gameplay, the variety of martial arts moves and the unique (for the time) point-system, although its slow action pace.|
STORY / GAMEPLAY
You are a martial arts fighter and your main cause is to compete in a series of one-on-one karate matches, all supervised by a wise old master. The game offers up to 18 different movements, including jumping kicks, roundhouse kicks and a variety of punches and other high and low kicks. In this game there is no health bar or something similar but a unique for its time point system with yin-yang signs. A loosely timed or borderline kick or punch will grant you with half a yin-yang token, while a well executed move will give a full ones. Get two full yin-yangs and you win the round! The game features 3 different stages, each one with its own level design and backgrounds.
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The graphics are colorful and the backgrounds are nicely detailed for its age (1985). The sprites move quite smoothly and the number of frames used for an early 8bit home computer game is really impressive. The game's sound is equally good for the 8bit Acorn/BBC computer, featuring an in-game music along with a variety of sound effects when punching and/or kicking the opponent.
Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128
|CPU: ZiLOG Z80 4MHZ|
MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB of RAM depending on the model (capable of being expanded to 512k using memory extension boards)
GRAPHICS: Motorola 6845 address generator, Mode 0: 160x200 / 16 colors, Mode 1: 320x200 / 4 colors, Mode 2: 640x200 / 2 colors, A colour palette of 27 colors was supported
SOUND: The CPC used the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip, providing 3 channels Mono Sound (via internal speaker) but capable to offer Stereo Sound provided through a 3.5 mm headphones jack (with pretty impressive outcome!). Also, it is possible to play back digital sound samples at a resolution of approximately 5bit. This technique is very processor-intensive though.
|RGB 27-colors palette (16 on screen)|
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