Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee / Banzai
Titleimage from the game
Game No. 45
Voting 8.10 points, 63 votes
Developer Ron J. Fortier, Richard Mirsky, Kelly Day
Company Datasoft
Publisher Datasoft, Edicola, Load 'n' Run, Hi-Tech Expressions
Musician John A. Fitzpatrick
HVSC-File MUSICIANS/F/Fitzpatrick_John/Bruce_Lee.sid
Release 1984
Platform Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari, C64, PC, ZX Spectrum
Genre Arcade, Beat'em Up
Gamemode Single player
2 players (in turns)
2 players (simultaneous)
Operation Icon Port1 2.pngJoystick
Media Diskette Datassette
Language Language:english Language:Italian Language:spanish
Information aka Banzai Language:spanish
Inofficial followers: Compilations:
  • Bruce Lee - Duology
  • Bruce Lee - Triology

Description[edit | edit source]

Bruce Lee is searching for the evil sorcerer, to defeat him. Different traps and two enemies give Bruce a hard time. The black Ninja, who constantly attacks Bruce with a stick, can easily be knocked out with 2 kicks. The more dangerous enemy is Yamo, who -as Bruce- knows how to do kicks during a jump.

You need 3 kicks to defeat Yamo. To get to other rooms, Bruce can climb onto nets, upwards, downwards and sidewards. When Bruce collects all lanterns, doors open and he can get into other rooms. Bruce has 5 lives, to get to the chamber of the sorcerer and to defeat him there.

After passing through the game once, the difficulty increases. Yamo and the Ninja will respawn instantly when killed. Additionally, one of the rooms that does not have enemies becomes far more dangerous, with an elimination of "safe spots."

Design[edit | edit source]

The action game Bruce Lee is multicoloured 2D-graphics, single screens, which switch when crossing the screen borders.

... an animation from the game ...
... another animation from the game ...

Hints[edit | edit source]

Versions[edit | edit source]

  • 1 player: You are Bruce and you fight against Yamo and the Ninja.
  • 2 players against computer: You are Bruce and you fight against Yamo and the Ninja. If you lose a life, player two is next.
  • 2 players against each other: one player is Bruce and the other is Yamo. If Bruce loses a life the roles are swapped.

Joystick operation[edit | edit source]

  • Joystick left left = walk to the left
  • Joystick right right = walk to the right
  • Joystick backwards down = lie flat on the floor or climb downward
  • Joystick forwards up = jump or climb upward
  • Joystick left forwards up + left = jump to the left
  • Joystick right forwards up + right = jump to the right
  • press fire button fire button while standing still = punch in the direction of sight
  • Joystick left and press fire button / Joystick right and press fire button fire button while running = kick in the running direction

Button functions[edit | edit source]

SPACE  = Pause

Table of points[edit | edit source]

50 Landing on Ninja or on Yamo
75 Kick at Ninja or Yamo
100 Punch on Ninja or Yamo
125 Collecting lanterns
200 Victory over Ninja
450 Victory over Yamo
2000 Enter new room
3000 Victory over sorcerer

Solution[edit | edit source]


... overview map ...

Cheats[edit | edit source]

  • Load the original program and type POKE 5472,99. Then start with RUN and you have unlimited lives.
  • The version by "Remember" contains next to different cheats (unlimited lives, enemies do not hit), also the manual.
  • In the CSDb exists cracks with trainers.
  • Also exists (in the CSDb) fan projects with enhanced game modes and options.

Voting[edit | edit source]

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
8.10 points at 63 votes (rank 89).
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C64Games 8 28th April 2011 - "Super" 17993 downs
Lemon64 8,7 28th April 2011 - 352 votes 8,75 28th April 2011 - 36 votes
Gamebase64 10 "Classic!"
Rombach 7 1986 - "Voting 3"
ZZap64 92% Edition 8/88

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Werner: "A classic which is great fun: 9 points from me."

TheKills: "Fascinated me for 3 months! It belongs to every good collection."

Goondoc: "For me it is incomprehensible that this game is so far at the back of the ranking list. In my opinion it belongs to the absolute top games on the C64. It still fascinates me today although playing through it is no problem any more after so many years."

Shakermaker303: "Bruce Lee was the master of Kung Fu as is generally known. At that time I thought of a fighting game in International Karate-style and was disappointed at first, when a clumsy Ninja and a green bull apperared as dim enemies. But then I have learned to appreciate this adventurous game. A really great play, which is also quickly understandable for players without practice. I would not define it as too difficult. It was funny to so send the enemies with a fly kick into the mines where they then died due to the detonation. At first I thought the graphics were a bit strange, but I liked it more and more in the course of time. The sound is kept to a minimum but that is not so tragic. For this game I consider the full 10 points adequate."

Blubarju: "Many people believe that this is a mere beat'em up game, when they hear of it for the first time. But far from it! Bruce Lee is in my opinion one of the best jump'n runs on the C64. The grade of difficulty is rather low, which for me personally came in handy, as most of the action games are too hard. The graphics is rather successful and the animations are sufficient. The sound is also absolutely alright, but there is only music in the main menue. The gameplay is brilliant and lets you forget some weaknesses in graphics and sound. I like playing this game every now and then. 9 points from me!"

Descore: "No doubt this is one of the best C64 games. It's one of the reasons I keep coming back to the C64 every few years (aside from general nostalgia). The gameplay is fantastic, and the slightly odd graphics somehow manage to convey an immersive atmosphere. Definitely a 10, this game is one of the true classics."

Schmitzo: "I freely admit that I hardly ever played a game to the end - except Bruce Lee! But not only because the difficulty grade was rather low, far from that. I died a thousand deaths often enough. Just banging the fat sumo's head was already motivating enough to play it again, even if only for 5 minutes. 10 points."

Shmendric: "I did not know the game in the "old days", I only got to know it through the C-64 Wiki and then played it. A really nice gameplay in the type of Zorro and Goonies, all in all a really good game."

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Cover[edit | edit source]


Video[edit | edit source]

Highscore[edit | edit source]

Topscore of Stormhawk
  1. Stormhawk - 999.125 (18.05.2015)
  2. Kiki77 - 754.850 (02.12.2014)
  3. Equinoxe - 251.775 (09.12.2012)
  4. mombasajoe - 230.900 (10.10.2012)
  5. Blubarju - 157.675 (26.04.2012)
  6. Camailleon - 116.350 (03.10.2011)
  7. Werner - 111.325 (09.10.2010)
  8. Robotron2084 - 106.375 (30.03.2009)
  9. Ivanpaduano - 57.825 - All (20.05.2019)
  10. Sledgie - 48.200 (19.01.2008)

#2 Kiki77 #3 Equinoxe
#2 Kiki77 #3 Equinoxe

Links[edit | edit source]

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