Kung Fu Kid

Prior to emigrating to the United States, my family lived in three different places in Hong Kong. I remember playing Kung Fu Kid in the third place, in Kowloon Tong.

By that time, my family owned a “big screen” 27-inch TV, and I got our old 19-inch Sony to use in my room. I remember having a difficult time trying to beat Kung Fu Kid, especially during round 6 where the player faces several bosses in succession. I have a very vague memory of going through round 6 near dinner time, and my mother calling me to dinner.

The manual was very detailed, with descriptions of all the bosses. It wasn’t really necessary for the creators of the game to write such an elaborate manual, but they did, which probably added to the charm of the game, because the gameplay itself was so simple. Although it was just a matter of jumping and kicking, knowing the back story somehow made it more worthwhile.

When I fired up the emulator to make this video the other day, I couldn’t believe that the game was published in 1987. That’s 27 years. In my mind, 27 years ago might as well be yesterday, but unlike yesterday, I can now beat the game in 12 minutes. I hope you enjoy the video.

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