Classic Computer Magazine Archive START VOL. 5 NO. 2 / OCTOBER 1990

Kung Fu Master

Take on the huge warrior Tattoo in a fight to the death

By German Gonzalez

Your Kung Fu skills and speed are your only weapons against this giant opponent. This BASIC martial arts game runs on 8bit Atari computers with at least 48K memory and disk drive.

As a Kung Fu master, you've been in some strange fights, but this one is the deadliest yet. You're up against the warrior called Tattoo, a monstrous hulk with the body of a Sumo wrestler and unbelievable strength. His favorite weapon is a deadly chain, and you'll have to jump quickly to keep out of his way.

Getting Started

Type in KUNGFU.BAS, Listing 1, check it with TYPO II, and be sure to SAVE a copy to disk before you RUN it.

If you have trouble typing the characters in lines 2 through 10, don't type these lines. Instead, type in Listing 2. When RUN, this program creates these hard-to-type lines and stores them in a file called LINES.LST. To merge the two programs, type NEW, then LOAD "D:KUNGFU.BAS" and then ENTER "D:LINES.LST". Be sure to SAVE the completed version of the program.

The Battle Begin

Tattoo not only looks big, he has twice your strength and stamina, as indicated by the lines of squares at the top of the screen. When one of you gets hit, you lose strength, and eventually you lose a square. The fight continues until one player dies.

Making things tougher for you, the end of Tattoo's swinging chain packs a mean wallop. It also has a long range, forcing you to keep your distance. Fortunately, Tattoo doesn't move too fast--and you've got plenty of moves to keep you out of reach. Use your joystick to move your player. Without pressing the [FIRE] button, the possible moves are as follow:

Upper Right
Upper Left
Jump straight up
Crouch down
Walk to right
Walk to left
Jump right
Jump left

If you hold down [FIRE] as you move the joystick left and right, your player will kick, or jump and kick.

Now you're ready to enter the dark chamber and take on Tattoo. Watch out for his chain and stay alert, and you just might have a chance.

German Gonzales of Arica, Chile submitted Kung Fu Master while staying in the U.S. as an exchange student. This is his first appearance in Antic.