REVIEW: Arguably the
first fighting game to feature "unique" characters and fighting
styles, Yie Ar
Kung-Fu is an old school 8-bit video game where the main character, named
Oolong, fights against various martial arts masters. Yie Ar King-Fu originated
as an arcade machine in 1985 and was later ported to platforms including
the MSX, NES, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. Yie Ar Kung-Fu was released
on Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 on July 18, 2007 with updated graphics
and for the Nintendo DS in the compilation Konami Classics
Series: Arcade Hits.
that drain into the letters "KO".
Visually, Yie Ar Kung-Fu
was a colorful and sharp-looking game at the time of its release. The martial
arts and character animation was also very eye-catching. The "theme"
of the characters fighting using different martial arts in different locations
is something that would be used in nearly all future fighting games.
Additionally, Yie Ar Kung-Fu was the first game to feature two character life
bars that drained into the letters "K.O"... another element that
nearly ALL future fighting games would adapt.
Inspiration for the first
stage of Street Fighter?
The gameplay of Yie Ar Kung-Fu is intuitively simple, but effective... Jump, high attack,
and low attack.
And avoid enemy attacks and projectiles.
That about sums up Yie Ar Kung Fu's gameplay. Regardless of the move that defeated
them, male opponents always fall unconscious lying on their backs with
their legs apart (while twitching their feet), and female characters always
fall lying on their sides... Still hilarious to this day. For an 8 bit game, the
characters had a lot of style and personality, much more-so than the characters
seen like the ever popular arcade game, Karate Champ.
Imagine Entertainment, Konami
MSX, NES, Commodore 64, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Xbox 360 (Live Arcade), Nintendo
DS (in Konami Classics)
My father was a computer wiz in the early 80's, so I was treated to a "hacked" version
of Yie Ar Kung Fu on the Amiga (nearly arcade perfect) when I was about 3 or 4 years
and I loved every minute of it.
It was one of my all time favorite games at the time and one of the
only "fighting games" that were even available for home platforms (AKA
computers). Little did I know
at the time I would grow up to be a fighting game connoisseur/critic... hmm, maybe
all that Yie Ar Kung Fu practice really paid off.
This game was very much an early Street Fighter. It involved a lot of jumping around, high and low attacks, and of
course featured cool martial arts inspired characters. Lastly,
anyone who looks at this game and says it sucks is a complete moron (or they're 12 years
old). For a video
game in 1985, this was the the shit.