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Kung Fu Master by Activision: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Strategies

The minimum score required in Kung Fu Master by Activision for the Atari 2600 to earn a patch was: No patch was ever offered in Kung Fu Master. The best advice in Kung Fu Master is to read the manual, so that you know all of the nuances of the game. The manual gives some really good tips. Make sure both difficulty switches are set to B. Activision Kung Fu Master was designed by Dan Kitchen.

Kung Fu Master by Activision will test your martial art skills to their limits. In this game you must rescue the Princess from the evil wizard’s temple and save the day. You have two gaming selections to choose from; One player mode and two player mode. The controls are as usual. To move Thomas, your character, move the joystick up, down, left, or right. To jump, push the joystick forward, and to squat, pull the joystick down. To do a high kick move the joystick in that direction while pressing the button. For a low kick pull the joystick back, and press the button while facing in the direction that you choose. To do a high punch move the joystick diagonally in the direction of the enemy. To do a low punch pull the joystick back diagonally in the direction of the enemy. To break the henchmans’ grip, move the joystick left and right rapidly.

By using your martial art skills, you’ll learn how to demolish the attacking enemy henchmen, knife throwers, dragons, and a bevy of other’s that want to kill you. Once you clear out all the enemies for each level you will advance to the next level. There are five levels in total. The energy meter and timer will be reset each time a level is cleared.

This side scrolling game offers much for the action packed fighting enthusiast. On the upper left side of the screen in white is the “Timer” that starts out at 2000. As the game progresses, the timer will always deplete until you’ve defeated the boss on that level or the timer goes to zero. There is a warning sound if your timer reaches 200. If the timer reaches zero, a life is lost. Below the timer in green is the “Score”. You score points for each enemy that is killed and for bonus given for time remaining when completing each level.

Below your score are 5 blue boxes. These boxes indicate which floor you are on: 1-5. The red blinking box is your current floor. Below your floor is the “Players Energy”. It starts off in yellow and turns to blue as you sustain hits. And finally below the players energy bar is the “Boss Enemy’s Energy Bar”. It too decreases as you attack and connect with the boss enemy giving him damage. It starts off in red and changes to blue as he gets hit. You kill him once all his energy is gone.

To the right of your hit counter is how many men that you have in reserve, you start out with 3 and obtain an extra at 75,000 points. Knowing which attacks to use on which enemy makes you more efficient at completing your task at saving the princess. Using the wrong attack moves at the wrong time on the wrong enemies will cost you precious energy on your meter. There is an enemy snake on the second level, but don’t bother with him. Just avoid him and let him pass as he is unstoppable.

***TIPS: Always keep an eye on your timer as you can be absorbed in the mist of fighting and neglect to see how fast it is decreasing. You can score lots of points on the 2nd floor in the magic section, so milk the points there. There is a bug in the game where you get no points for destroying the knife throwers. Sometimes you must destroy them quickly or they will throw so many knives – rapid fire! They are the worst and you get no reward for destroying them. The max score is 1,000,000.

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