Review by Larcen Tyler

Reviewed: 04/10/00 | Updated: 07/16/01

Virtua Fighter 80s style! I like it!

Yie-Ar Kung Fu was one of the first games to feature joystick and button combos to pull off different moves. One might call it the Virtua Fighter of the 80s, since each combo has it's own move. That is, a GREAT Virtua Fighter!

Graphics: 9/10
The only docking is for stiff animation for each of the moves. Otherwise, the rest of the game looks incredible. Even if they are stiffly animated, each move looks incredible, with things like foot sweeps, roundhouse kicks, jumping head jabs, and other maneuvers. In all, there are 16 total attacks (8 punches and 8 kicks!)

Sounds: 10/10
The oriental style music sets the Kung-Fu movie theme well, with a gong-style sound that opens each duel. The stages are done with something that could have truly come out of an old time kung fu movie. Each hit echoes with a loud 'crunch' adding to the effect. To top that off, you even hear digitized vocal effects when the characters attack. Amazing!

Controls: 10/10
Just goes to show you that you don't need complex controls for a realistic fighting game! One punch and one kick, along with an 8-way joystick. An arrow underneath you indicates the direction moved when attacking for easier reference.

Replay: 9/10
The replay is only downsided by the fact that you can't choose characters. Instead, you only play as a guy named Oolong, who battles other characters one by one. Two players alternate in the battle. Still, each fighter is more challenging than the previous, giving the game a true challenge.

Overall: 10/10
Yie-Ar Kung Fu is a fighting game that truly can be considered excellent. It's simple enough for a newcomer to pick up and play, yet it's challenging enough for even the most experienced players! Now tighten your belt and get ready to kick some rear!

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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