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This is a horizontal scrolling game with five floors that you must fight your way through to save your girlfriend "Sylvia". You must fight various enemies and the clock to the end of each floor where you will find a master of various martial arts. Defeat him and you will proceed up the stairs to the next floor. Defeat the master on the fifth floor and save Sylvia ... for a little while ...

Kung-Fu Master was produced by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan in 1984.

Nihon Bussan/AV Japan released 60 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Nihon Bussan/AV Japan was based in United States.

Other machines made by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan during the time period Kung-Fu Master was produced include: Pro Tennis, Pro Sports, Pro Bowling, Pro Soccer, Burnin' Rubber, Karate Master, Karate Champ, Karate Champ - Player Vs Player, Cobra Command, and Karate Dou


Name Kung-Fu Master
Developer Nihon Bussan/AV Japan (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8361
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Irem
Game Specific Kung-Fu Master Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Kung-Fu Master Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - PunchKick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Kung-Fu Master Bezel Image
Control Panel Kung-Fu Master Control Panel Image
Side Art Kung-Fu Master Side Art Image
PCB Kung-Fu Master PCB Image

Game Introduction

A Kung Fu Master, Thomas, and Sylvia, his girlfriend, were walking and they were suddenly attacked by several unknown guys. While Thomas was distracted, Sylvia was kidnapped by them. Thomas later found a note from Mr. X, an inhabitant from the Devil's Temple. The note reads:Your love Sylvia is in custody right now. If you want to save your dear Sylvia's life, come to the Devil's Temple at once. The 5 Sons of the Devil will entertain you.

Game Play

The character that you control is called Thomas, the Kung-Fu master. There are five floors in the palace. On each floor elite fighters will continuously attack you from both sides and knife throwers will throw knives either overhand or underhand. On the second floor and up, there are midget fighters who will try to jump on Thomas.

At the beginning of the second floor, there are different objects that fall from the ceiling including clay pots with snakes, magic balls that make fire-breathing dragons temporarily appear and confetti balls that suddenly explode into deadly seperate pieces. At the beginning of the fourth floor, there are deadly killer moths that flutter about.

At the end of each floor, there is a different boss enemy that guards the stairway leading to the next floor. These enemies are as follows: first floor, stick fighter second floor, boomerang thrower third floor, giant fourth floor, wizard and fifth floor, Mr. X, the gang leader. Thomas must get to the end of each floor and proceed to the next without running out of time or stamina. Thomas must kick or punch every elite fighter and midget fighter that approaches him.

If the elite fighters or midget fighters gang up on Thomas, you can jiggle the joystick back and forth to shake them off. If a midget fighter tries to jump onto Thomas's head, push the joystick up to make Thomas jump to knock them off. Thomas must kick or punch each knife thrower twice to defeat them. To avoid the knives, push the joystick up to make Thomas jump or pull the joystick down to make Thomas duck. Thomas can also kick or punch while jumping or ducking. Thomas must kick or punch the snake pots, dragon balls or confetti balls as soon as they drop from the ceiling. If he misses, he will have to jump over the snakes, kick or punch the dragons before they breathe fire or dodge the exploding confetti. Thomas must kick, punch or avoid the killer moths.

Everytime Thomas confronts a boss enemy, he must deliver a series of punches and kicks to the vulnerable areas of each boss enemy, but each boss enemy may have a deadly technique to overcome. The stick fighter will try to strike with a stick. The boomerang thrower will throw two deadly boomerangs at a time. The giant can unleash deadly powerful kicks and punches. The wizard can hurl all kinds of deadly magic objects and make himself seemingly invincible. As for the the gang leader, Mr. X, he will block most of Thomas's kicks or punches and attack with his own style of Kung-Fu techniques. Thomas has to kick or punch each boss enemy in the most vulnerable areas until their stamina runs out. Thomas must get to the end of the fifth floor and defeat Mr. X to rescue Sylvia. After Thomas has rescued Sylvia, the game begins again.

Kung-Fu Master KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.70 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.93

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 2.75
Fun (Solo) 4.25
Collector Desire 3.75

Technical Rating: 3.46

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.50
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 2.25

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The game was called Spartan X in Japan and was based on the novel of the same name. A sequel of the game was made in Japan for the 8-bit Famicom NES which played just like the original, except that it featured much better graphics, as well as more varied locations. a plane, a warehouse, etc.



There was also a version released directly by Irem.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Kung-Fu Master Census

There are 14,826 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,880 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 157 known instances of this machine owned by Kung-Fu Master collectors who are active members. Of these, 55 of them are original dedicated machines. 10 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 92 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Kung-Fu Master machines for sale. There are 7 active VAPS members with a Kung-Fu Master circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 7 active VAPS members currently looking for Kung-Fu Master. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Kung-Fu Master circuit board set.

This game ranks a 49 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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