Yie Ar Kung-Fu

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Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Title image from the game
Game No. 363
Developer David A. Collier
Company Konami
Publisher Imagine, The Hit Squad
Musician Miki Higashino (original),
Martin Galway (C64 conversion)
HVSC-File \Galway_Martin\Yie_Ar_Kung_Fu.sid
Release 1986
Platform Commodore C64 / C16-C116-Plus/4, Acorn BBC Micro / Electron, Amstrad CPC, MSX, ZX Spectrum,
Arcade, Nintendo NES / Game Boy / Game Boy Advance / DS, Sony PS1 / PS2, Microsoft Xbox360
Genre Sport, Fighting sport, Arcade
Gamemode Single player
2 players (in turns)
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Media Icon disk525.pngTape-icon.png
Language Language:english
Information Follower Yie Ar Kung-Fu II


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The Legacy 6 6th December 2014 - "good" - 10 votes
ZZap64 7 Issue April 1986 - 68% - p.24
ACE 10 Issue November 1989 - 5 out of 5 points - p.114
Computer & Videogames 9 Issue January 1986 - 9 out of 10 points - p.83
Commodore Force 6 Issue August 1993 - 62% - p.22
Commodore User 9 Issue March 1986 - 5 out of 5 points - p.10
Issue August 1989 - 73% - p.60


Description[edit]

The opponents present themselves one after the other.

In the antique China, the home of Kung Fu, there are tough manners. According to Confuzius, the talented are supported and boosted, the incompetent falls by the wayside. But as it is proper for a main hero, he is fortunately a very talented boy. His training is advanced enough to compete in the last tests...
In the role of the Kung Fu fighter Oolong (black dragon) you need to face ten opponents of different type and with different weapons one after the other. If this challenge is overcome, you get the title of grandmaster, as the father already was...


Aim of the game

According to the story line you should defeat ten warriors in a duell. But as the game starts again after the final opponent, the aim is: survive for as long as possible and amass as many points as possible.


Design[edit]

Yie Ar Kung-Fu is a classical man-against-man beat'em up. There are two different background graphics for the fighting scene, which are pretty impressive for the time in which the game was created.


Screenshots


Ouch, the family jewels! Then I prefer throwing stars...
Greetings from "Game of Death"...
One of the stronger opponents...



Very ladylike, with fan - but unfortunately also deadly...
One club, one bruise - Well that was that with the grand master title...
Right on! There it lies, the pig!




Hints[edit]

Controls & points[edit]

This one was only for warmup, no we can start...
If the opponent does not go to the weapon, then the weapon goes to the opponent...
Controls Description Points
Joystick forwards Jump -
Joystick right forwards Jump right -
Joystick right Walk right -
Joystick right backwards Face Punch 500
Joystick backwards Duck -
Joystick left backwards Leaping Punch 1500
Joystick left Walk left -
Joystick left forwards Jump left -
press fire button Facepunch 500
Joystick forwards and press fire button Flying Kick 2000
Joystick right forwards and press fire button Rising Kick 1500
Joystick right and press fire button Round House Kick 500
Joystick right backwards and press fire button Angle Kick 1000
Joystick backwards and press fire button Leg Sweep 500
Joystick left backwards and press fire button Ground Kick 1000
Joystick left and press fire button High Kick 1000
Joystick left forwards and press fire button Lunge Punch 1000


The opponents[edit]

  • Buchu
Yiearkungfubuchu.gif

A sumo ringer that joins without weapons and has the ability to fly towards the opponent like a rocket. He is rather slow.

  • Star
Yiearkungfustar.gif

A young woman that throws with Shuriken, but she can also defend herself with fast kicks and blows.

  • Nuncha
Yiearkungfununcha.gif

A Nunchako fighter in a yellow suit, this can only be a homage to Bruce Lee.

  • Pole
Yiearkungfupole.gif

A small man with a big quarterstaff, in expert groups als named bo or simply staff. He can downright benumb Oolong with his fast cane strokes.

  • Chain
Yiearkungfuchain.gif

Oolong should better be careful, this opponent's morning star has an enormous reach.

  • Club
Yiearkungfuclub.gif

This guy is the first opponent of the new gallery. He can hit pretty severely with his thorny club and he also carries a shield.

  • Fan
Yiearkungfufan.gif

This lady does not only use her steel Kung Fu fan to hit, she also likes to throw with it. These annoying things partially prefer unpredictable flight paths.

  • Sword
Yiearkungfusword.gif

A ninja fighter that only knows well enough what you can do with a sword...

  • Tonfun
Yiearkungfutonfun.gif

A very fast fighter who is equipped with two Tonfas. And he can handle them.

  • Blues
Yiearkungfublues.gif

Kind of the mirror image of the main hero Oolong. Blues can do everything that Oolong can do and this even much faster. He is the final opponent, if he is defeated the tournament starts again with Buchu.

Solution[edit]

Tactics

Pole is an annoying opponent, as he has the habit of releasing a whole series of blows against which you cannot do much. But he is easy to defeat if you lure him with many quickly done "leg sweeps" and then give him a few "angle kicks" in close combat.

Cheats[edit]

Trainer:

  • There is an improved version of the game by the group "Remember" which has next to built-in trainer functions and a highscore saver also some bugfixes.

POKEs:

  • Unlimited energy: POKE 47270,173: SYS 828
  • Invincibility: POKE 36445,173: SYS 828
  • No enemies: POKE 41603,208: SYS 828

Critics[edit]

Shmendric: A nice beat 'm up, that I liked to play in the old days. At this time there were already better, but above all much worse games of this type.

Lobotlon2084: Like the big Confuzius said: swollen kissel in no time! You do not get mole and not less selved hele, with pleasant glaphics and oliental sounding backglound music duling the game. Of coulse you must not compale Yie Al Kung Fu with "selious" beat'em ups as Exploding Fist ol Intelnational Kalate, because fol this is the numbel of leally game lelevant blows and kicks to leduced: you actually only need the kick at the shinbone and the jump kick to get thlough the whole game. The gleat title tlack by Maltin Galway is fol me the highlight in this simple but successful alcade convelsion. 7 out of 10 points."

Miscellaneous[edit]

Different versions[edit]

Yie Ar Kung-Fu was originally an arcade game

Aside from significant differences in the graphics, also number and types of the characters differ. The list above refers to the C64 conversion. In the single versions and editions for the other systems there are further enemies and "hidden chars", as Bishoo, Clayman, Katana, Wang, Tao, Chen, Clone and Wu. Also the hero is not always named Oolong, but on the NES and MSX he is named Lee and there is also another background story here, which is continued in the follower Yie Ar Kung-Fu II.
In comparison to the original arcade game only the fighter Feedle is missing on the Commodore 64. He has the ability to reproduce himselt to confuse the opponent. This would have been hard to do with the resources of the C64. Otherwise is this version very close to the original.


Screenshot comparison of different conversions[edit]


Amstrad CPC version.
ZX Spectrum version.
C16 version.




Nintendo Entertainment System version.
MSX version.
BBC Micro version.



Trivia[edit]

  • Allegedly, the character "Blues" has its name from "Bruce" Lee - pronounced with a Japanese accent.
  • The music in the title screen is Martin Galway's interpretation of the piece "Magnetic Fields #4" by Jean Michel Jarre. It is quite possible that the excellent live version of the piece on the double album "Concerts in China" inspired him to use the track as a title tune for a Far Eastern fighting game.

Video[edit]


Longplayer DerSchmu fights his way through all ten levels of the game.
A Longplay "of a different type" can be watched here Video at YouTube .



Cover[edit]


The cover of the cassette version
The cover of the re-releases on the Hit Squad Label.



Tape[edit]


The cassette version of the game



[edit]


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Advertisment for Yie Ar Kung-Fu
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Another advertisement for Yie Ar Kung-Fu



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Variation advertisement Yie Ar Kung-Fu



Highscore[edit]

Only the cracked version by "Remember" has a highcore saver.

Topscore of Robotron2084
  1. Robotron2084 - 574.000 - 10 (22.07.2013)
  2. Shmendric - 205.500 - 8 (21.07.2013)
  3. Ivanpaduano - 124.700 - 10 (05.07.2018)
  4. TheRyk - 118.900 - 5 (30.07.2013)

#2 Shmendric #3 Ivanpaduano
#2 Shmendric #3 Ivanpaduano


Links[edit]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Yie_Ar_Kung-Fu


Videos