Yie Ar Kung-Fu

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.

Life bars 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.







Page Updated: October 1st, 2017
Developer(s): Imagine Entertainment, Konami
Publisher(s): Konami
Platform(s): MSX, NES, Commodore 64, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Xbox 360 (Live Arcade), Nintendo DS (in Konami Classics)
Release Date(s): 1985
Characters Buchu, Star, Nuncha, Pole, Feedle, Chain, Club, Fan, Sword, Tonfun, Blues, Bishoo, Clayman

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Related Games: International Karate, Street Fighter

Gameplay Engine

 8.0 / 10

Story / Theme

 8.0 / 10

Overall Graphics

 7.5 / 10


 7.5 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 8.0 / 10


 8.0 / 10

Art Direction

 8.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 7.5 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 8.5 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 8.0 / 10


 8.0 / 10


 8.0 / 10

 Review based on Amiga version


Final Words:

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 old... 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
~TFG Webmaster

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