- The Way of the Exploding Fist
Infobox VG| title = The Way of the Exploding Fist
Single player; Two-player
ratings = N/A
Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
media = Cassette,
input = Keyboard,
"The Way of the Exploding Fist" is a
fighting gamefor the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Commodore 64and Commodore 16. It was originally released in 1985and was one of the first games to include realistic graphics and movements. It borrows heavily from the Data Eastgame Karate Champwhich was released the year previously.
The player takes part in a series of one-on-one
karatematches, all overseen by a wise old expert who appears somewhere in the background. Once the player defeats an opponent they move up to the next stage and a more difficult adversary. Fights were not won using the energy bar style found in modern fighting games but instead the player needed to get two complete yin-yangs. Any move that connected with the opponent would end the round, a loosely timed or borderline kick or punch would obtain half a yin-yang icon, while a well executed move would obtain a full icon. Two complete icons ends the bout and the player progresses to the next level.
This system of scoring, known as shobu nihon
kumite, is used in real life in many traditional styles of karate. A half yin-yang represents a "waza-ari" (a committed but not decisive technique) and a full yin-yang represents an "ippon" score (full point, decisive finishing blow).
Control works using joystick or direction keys and a "fire" key. You can achieve up to 16 different movements, including jumping kick, roundhouse kick and a variety of punches and kicks, high and low. There are also defensive moves including blocks and somersaults.
The game features a variety of backgrounds, against which the fighting takes place.
After completing a number of progressively harder stages, the player would be charged at by a bull in a (often short-lived) bonus style round. (This was not present on the Spectrum version and some of the early Commodore 64 versions.)
Most notable was the startling digitized
kiai(yell) that is heard during the loading screen. It is sampled from the Bruce Leemovie Enter The Dragonduring the scene where Lee kills O'Hara.
There were two sequels: "Fist 2: The Legend Continues" and "Exploding Fist +". Of these two, "Fist 2" is not a fighting game, but a scrolling action game. "Exploding Fist +", on the other hand, returns to the style of the first game. It features combat with three characters, an idea followed from "
International Karate +", though in this case it is possible for players to control the three characters simultaneously.
The ZX Spectrum version was placed at number 67 in the
Your Sinclair official top 100, with reviewers praising the visceral sound effects. [ [http://www.ysrnry.co.uk/articles/karateace.htm Oct 1988 YS34] at The Your Sinclair Rock 'n' Roll Years]
Commodore 64version was a Sizzler in Zzap!64magazine, scoring 93% overall. The games sound and graphics were acclaimed. [cite journal | year = 1985 | month = August | title = Zzap! 64 | issue = 4 | pages = 30-32 ]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
The Way of the Exploding Fist — ist ein Beat em up, das 1985 von Beam Software entwickelt und von Melbourne House veröffentlicht wurde. Das Spiel war für verschiedene Plattformen erhältlich. Bekannt ist insbesondere die Commodore 64 Version. Es gab zwei Nachfolger, mit… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Exploding cigar — pellets advertisement from January 1917 edition of Popular Mechanics An exploding cigar is a variety of cigar that explodes shortly after being lit. Such cigars are normally packed with a minute chemical explosive charge near the lighting end or… … Wikipedia
The Wild Wild West — Infobox Television show name = The Wild Wild West caption = The Wild Wild West 1990s VHS release. Pictured: Robert Conrad (top) and Ross Martin genre = Western creator = Michael Garrison starring = Robert Conrad Ross Martin country = USA language … Wikipedia
The Walking Dead — Infobox comic book title title = The Walking Dead caption =Cover art for The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye trade paperback. Art by Tony Moore. schedule = Monthly ongoing = y publisher = Image Comics date=October 2003 Present issues = Zombie = y… … Wikipedia
Fierce Beast-Fist Beast Arts — nihongo|Fierce Beast Fist Beast Arts|激獣拳ビーストアーツ|Geki Jūken Bīsuto Ātsu is a fictional school of martial arts practiced by the protagonists of the Japanese Super Sentai show Juken Sentai Gekiranger . Those that practice Fierce Beast Fist use a… … Wikipedia
List of Double the Fist episodes — This is a list of Double the Fist episodes.=Episode List=eries 1 Episode 1: Vertical Challenge In this first episode Steve challenges the Fist team to abseil down a cliff without any ropes or means of suspension. Mephisto decides to construct a… … Wikipedia
List of Fist of the North Star characters — Opening page of chapter 209 of the Hokuto no Ken manga, which depicts Kenshiro confronting Kaioh, as images of past rivals are shown at the background. From left to right: Raoh, Thouzer, Shin, Rei, Toki, and Shu. The following is a list of… … Wikipedia
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis — Infobox VG title=Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis caption=North American boxart developer = LucasArts publisher = LucasArts designer = Hal Barwood, Noah Falstein engine = SCUMM v5 (story), iMUSE (sound) released = June 1992 [… … Wikipedia
Raiders of the Lost Ark — This article is about the film. For the video game, see Raiders of the Lost Ark (video game). Raiders of the Lost Ark Original theatrical release poster by Richard Amsel Directed … Wikipedia
Cricket in the Great War — The onset of the Great War in 1914 brought an end to the Edwardian Golden Age of English cricket. Surrey called off their last two matches without forfeiting their position at the top of the County Championship, which they thus won for the first… … Wikipedia