Kung-Fu Master, ZX Spectrum

This terrible Spectrum conversion of the mighty arcade game, Kung-Fu Master, was developed by Ocean and published by US Gold in 1986.

It contains none of the thrills of the original arcade game… The animated figures in the game are slow, badly-drawn and badly animated. When anyone raises a leg in the game – to make a high kick – it looks more like they are trying to squeeze out a tricky fart than kick anyone… And that includes you. The animation is pathetic. The colour clash is also bad. As is the (part-time) scrolling. The sprites have a horrible, distracting judder too. It wouldn’t have hurt to use a few different colours to differentiate the levels too – they all look the same…

The gameplay is also a pale imitation of the original, which requires precision, skill, and good timing to beat, and is fun to play. This is just a turgid shuffle through a soup of frustration and slowness.

There are some great arcade conversions on the ZX Spectrum. Kung-Fu Master isn’t one of them.

More: Kung-Fu Master on Wikipedia

Lode Runner, ZX Spectrum

Part of the later Software Projects UK releases, Lode Runner was first made available on the ZX Spectrum in 1984.

The small graphics and precise gameplay are perfectly suited to the Spectrum and as a result the game enjoyed some success on the system.

There were two Spectrum versions of Lode Runner released: a 48K version, and an expanded 128K version. The 128K version obviously had more levels available in a single load.

I remember vividly buying Lode Runner, and playing it to death on my trusty Speccy, way back in 1984/85. I also vividly remember the anti-piracy code sheet that Software Projects supplied with it. You had to look up a code on a huge, colour-coded chart, and enter it into the game after loading, to get it to run properly. Ah, those were the days… 🙂

Lode Runner on the ZX Spectrum is a retro-gaming classic though. The screen editing, redefinable keys, neat, colourful graphics, and many levels to play (150 in total) all come together to make it a memorable experience. Colour clash and all.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lode_Runner

Load Runner versions on The King of Grabs:
Apple II, VIC-20, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, MSX, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Atari Lynx.