joyce;;kings kung;;fighting;;sports;;Jae Lee Productions;;digital tribe Joyce "LillBlondieJJ" Heidanus A new fighting game has entered the already competitive beat-em-up genre: Kings of Kung Fu, a game that is currently in its early access stage via Steam. Kings of Kung Fu is clearly based on the iconic martial arts movies of the past. This is not only noticeable through the characters from which you can choose, but also through the graphic style that was chosen for the game. A constant "flickering" is present during the fights, like the image on an old TV. This isn't a bad thing, it actually makes it look and feel more like a contemporary Kung Fu masterpiece!

KINGS OF KUNG FU

By Joyce "LillBlondieJJ" Heidanus on December 18, 2014

A new fighting game has entered the already competitive beat-em-up genre: Kings of Kung Fu, a game that is currently in its early access stage via Steam. Kings of Kung Fu is clearly based on the iconic martial arts movies of the past. This is not only noticeable through the characters from which you can choose, but also through the graphic style that was chosen for the game. A constant "flickering" is present during the fights, like the image on an old TV. This isn't a bad thing, it actually makes it look and feel more like a contemporary Kung Fu masterpiece!


In our opinion this fighting game isn't directly comparable to other games in its genre, because the developer clearly stuck with the real martial arts fighting style. These styles are pretty much all directly derived from the art of Kung Fu, take of the Drunken Monkey style for instance. The vintage Kung Fu style has also been integrated into the character models; one of the playable characters could actually be a twin of Bruce Lee (which, of course, kicks ass!).

On a gameplay level this game presents itself reasonably good, don't expect big button-bashing, finger-bending combinations like you'd come across in the bigger titles of this genre, but at least the controls are put together in a good and simple way. Even inexperienced fighters will be able to get along with them pretty fast. This is excellent news for those of us who don't want to spend hours learning the damn combinations, only to find we're too slow to execute them properly. Anyone should be able to compete in this game fairly quickly, and that is definitely one of this game's strong suits.


A training-mode is present to familiarize yourself with the diversity of fighting styles and characters. A storyline however, is something which we are sorry to say, is nowhere to be found. Although this is no game breaker by any means, it could have been a nice addition to this already very nice game. Instead of a story mode, a normal arcade mode is available which takes you on a fighting tour in which you have to face-off against all of the selectable characters in the game and work your way up the ranks. After defeating baddies left and right, you reach the final bout. Here you will encounter and compete against an non-playable character.

During the gameplay sessions we had, we experienced on more than one occasion that the frame rate dropped significantly from time to time, up to the point at which it actually started to irritate our eyes. However, Kings of Kung Fu only just came out of its Beta stage and we expect that the developer will eventually fix this issue with future updates.


Kings of Kung Fu is a most certainly game we would recommend to players who are interested in the Fighter Genre. The price ( which is only 7,99 ) should not be an obstacle between you and the glory of being the ultimate fighter ever.

So for you guys (and girls of course ) out there; Let's see who will be the next KING OF KUNG FU!


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KINGS OF KUNG FU
Jae Lee Productions & Digital Tribe Games
December 8, 2014