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    Retro Arena: Kung-Fu Master, Vigilante, or Splatterhouse?



    Kung-Fu Master - Irem 1984

    Vigilante - Irem 1988

    Splatterhouse - Namco 1988

    Which one do you like the most?
    Last edited by Leon Retro; 25-01-2018 at 09:31 PM.

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    I like Kung Fu Master best, especially the excellent NES / Famicom port, but I suspect most posters will prefer Splatterhouse, and Kung Fu Master will be a distant third place.

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    I remember playing Kung-Fu and Rush n’ Attack on the NES round my mate’s after school on many afternoons. Used to watch TMHT and stay for dinner... beans on toast with a big glass of coke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    I like Kung Fu Master best, especially the excellent NES / Famicom port,
    I remember one of my friends loved the NES version back in the day. I was rubbish at it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    but I suspect most posters will prefer Splatterhouse, and Kung Fu Master will be a distant third place.
    My guess is that Splatterhouse will easily win, with Kung-Fu Master in 2nd place. I don't think Vigilante is a very popular game, but I might be surprised. The Amiga version is pretty good, but also really tough like Kung-Fu Master.
    Last edited by Leon Retro; 26-01-2018 at 12:58 AM.

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    Kung Fu Master was one of the games I was best at in the arcade - could get to the end of the fourth level, where I lost all my lives. That was still good enough to draw a few onlookers in the 80s. It wasn't until years later that I learned how to beat the boss. I think I even started a thread on here about how to do it. It got no replies, but I eventually stumbled across the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Retro View Post
    What's Mr Chips doing?

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    Wow, tough choice.

    Kung-Fu Master is an amazing game, and remember you've got four years of arcade evolution between that and the other games.
    The thing I love about Kung-Fu Master is that it's clearly Bruce Lee and it's ripping off Game of Death where Bruce Lee ascends a pagoda of enemies with differing skillsets, but the game is called Spartan X in Japan, the localised name of the excellent Wheels on Meals starring Jackie Chan.



    Obviously, the music is amazing from the opening introductions as you read poor Silvia's kidnap note (diddle dee diddle dee dur dur, diddle dee diddle dee dur, diddle dee diddle dee dur dur, DUR DUR) through to the dramatic tune in the halls of the Devils's Temple.

    Although calling him a Kung-Fu "master" is stretching things a little. He can punch, kick, duck kick or jump kick against an army of burly men who just want a cuddle or falling plant pots.



    Vigilante is also great and is a visually stunning update of Kung Fu Master.
    The weapons are a great addition and the nunchucks are one of my favourite video game versions.


    I also like the big biker who shouts "C'mown!"

    Ultimately, I'm going to go for Splatterhouse.
    Initially, my love of Jason Voorhees and the ridiculous Friday the 13th series drew me to it, but watching other people play revealed loads of little tips and tricks.
    If you duck kick on the level with the boss with a sack on his head and chainsaws for hands ("how does he have a wee?" "Very carefully"), you can juggle the two shotguns you find and save the ammo for him.
    If you duck in the sewer level, there's a hidden stick under water.
    Move to the farthest left and duck kick, you can clear the room with the maggots.
    It's only certain mirrors that spawn your doppelganger. (If you're playing an evil psychopath, is your mirror equivalent a good guy?)
    The possessed dining room can be tackled in a certain order.

    It was also an unexpected level of gore that I'd never seen before in a video game.
    Heads get decapitated with a blood spurt, enemies splatter against the back wall as you wallop them with a stick, maggots burst out of hung corpses and so on. Yikes!

    This, of course, was never quite carried over to the LCD version!


    One thing, I never got was the plot. Are you trying to save your girlfriend or are you a murderer, willing to kill your victim at any cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    What's Mr Chips doing?





    Quote Originally Posted by QualityChimp View Post
    Ultimately, I'm going to go for Splatterhouse.
    Splatterhouse was an easy choice for me. It's a game I've gone back to regularly and always enjoy playing through.

    Quote Originally Posted by QualityChimp View Post
    This, of course, was never quite carried over to the LCD version!

    I'd love to own that, but couldn't find one on eBay.

    Quote Originally Posted by QualityChimp View Post
    One thing, I never got was the plot. Are you trying to save your girlfriend or are you a murderer, willing to kill your victim at any cost?
    Unfortunately, he doesn't get to save his girlfriend.

    The comedy NES version of the game is also worth playing.
    Last edited by Leon Retro; 27-01-2018 at 12:31 AM.

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    Easy. Splatterhouse for me all day and twice on Sunday.I have the PCB of this and a mint copy of the arcade flyer.

    It's the only PC Engine game I have left out of my collection which I prolly won't sell.

    https://imgur.com/a/q5VaI



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    For me, it's impossible to choose 1 of these since they all hold special memories from different times, places and situations.
    They are all great games though and I loved playing them all equally.

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