Taking its inspiration from ancient Chinese tales of revenge and retribution and then adding a dash of over-the-top martial arts and old school arcade fun, Kung Fu Strike features 28 stages of fast-paced combo-based fighting.
User reviews: Very Positive (521 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 24, 2012

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"(2P) A 3D beat-em-up with awesome gameplay that works great for 2 players and was criticized by some as too hard in single player."

Reviews

“Kung Fu Strike: The Warior's Rise is a throwback to the classic martial arts films in every possible way due to it being simple, over-the-top, and just plain fun!”
8/10 – Showgun Gamer

“Kung Fu Strike is strangely addicting.”
8/10 – Gaming All The Time

“Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise has more to offer than is immediately apparent.”
7/10 – GameSpot

About This Game

Taking its inspiration from ancient Chinese tales of revenge and retribution and then adding a dash of over-the-top martial arts and old school arcade fun, Kung Fu Strike features 28 stages of fast-paced combo-based fighting. Blend powerful punches, high kicks and perfectly timed blocks to pull off devastating combos, all thanks to a fluid combat system that turns brawling into an art form.

Key Features

  • Old-school beat-‘em-up arcade appeal!
  • Unlock items and abilities to further customize style of play.
  • Online leaderboards breed competition between players.
  • Later levels will challenge your Kung Fu on even the lowest difficulty setting.
  • Freely flowing combat mechanics allow jaw-dropping combos.
  • Fight with or against a friend in local co-op.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Win Vista (32/64 bit), Win XP
    • Processor:2.0+ GHZ Single Core Processor
    • Memory:1GB RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 6200+ or ATI Radeon 9600+, Shader Model 3.0 compatible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX®: 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:X360 controller support
    Recommended:
    • OS:Win Vista (32/64 bit), Win 7 (32/64 bit), Win XP
    • Processor:3.0 GHZ Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:1GB RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 7900 GS or Equivalent
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX®: 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:X360 controller support
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game is beat ‘em-up game where you fight not one, but many opponents in the same time.
It reminds me of games I played in my childhood. They were so difficult sometimes. If you wasn't skilled enough or didn't spend a lot of time to master the game, you couldn't finish it.
If you want to finish Kung Fu Strike even on easiest difficulty level, you need both: skill and time. And a gamepad too.
Is it good? Definitely yes. Well polished, no bugs, good piece of software.

VERDICT:
If you like beat ‘em-up games and don't afraid of high difficulty level, take it. You will have a lot of fun.
If you're not sure if you're hard-core or casual player, find out playing this game.
If you know, you're casual player, better play solitaire.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I haven't had a game blow my expectations out of the water like this in a very long time. I was expecting some fun, but maybe generic 3d beat-em-up game. What I got instead was more on terms with the "character action" genre, like a low budget indie version of something made by Platinum Games, the creators of Bayonetta.

The game seems like it's accessible to all kinds of players, easy mode is for people who just want a fun mashable time, normal is for normal people, and hard mode is on Devil May Cry 3 levels of skill requirement, meant for the player that enjoys losing constantly until something "clicks" and they can parry every attack and do amazing stylish things.

If anyone has played "Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks" I would say that is a good comparision to what this is, except this has much deeper gameplay systems and it requires you to think on a higher level above just hitting buttons. You must have quick reactions and you must use your moves strategically until you open an enemy's defense and you go for the big combos.

When there is a 1v1 duel with a boss, it really does feel like some epic kung-fu battle, where both combatants are using all their moves in their arsenal to counter and destroy you, especially on hard mode, the enemies don't mess around. The excellent speed and animations really bring that out beyond most other indie action games. I really get a "Fist of the North Star" vibe to everything as well.

This game is dirt cheap on sale right now and beyond every other cheap indie game right now I would say get this first if you are even a slight fan of action games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Very good game, but very hard on normal or hard mode.

Pros

-2 player Co-Op if you have a friend or a brother.
-Perfect defense system that encourage you to stay on your toes at all time.
-Perfect offensive system that encourage you to hit the weakpoint of your enemies with 2 different buttons on 2
different occasion. Or, as your enemy turns red to use a strong attack, you can counter-attack with one of your abilties to deal massive damage with a cool sound effect along with that.
-Very fast paced game
-Very good progression system: You must pay to increase your health and your gauge, you must unlock new abilities and combos, you must find new allies to use as decoys to complete your objectives.
-The AI is impressive. They all attack you at once, often and fast, but because the defense system is perfect, that's not really a problem. You can still defend yourself perfectly agaisnt all of them.
-The game is challenging and fun overall.
-There's multiple fun extra stages.
-You can go back every on stages to grind for more money to use to unlock your skills.
-Very good replayability. I'm having fun fighting the same bosses or redoing the same stages that i already did over and over again.

Cons:

-Bad camera angle: sometime, the camera can be too far away or it can will go wild on you as something else or an event appear. That will mess you up. Other times, the camera will be set in an angle that will completely foreshadow your character so you cannot see since the objects that covers your character completely will not become transparent like in most games.
-There's a very hard part in the game where your character become poisoned for a couple of stages. It's doable, but frustrating. You will need to perfectly plan your strategy to complete these few stages.
-Very luck based game on drop rates. Sometime, enemies and the objects you break will drop food for health, other time, they don't at all and the lack of food can be the reason you lose.
-Decoy cost money and you need money to unlock new move sets. Because of that, if you keep on losing, you eventually end up losing more money if you keep using decoys.
-The last boss of the game with no DLC is way way way too hard on normal or hard mode.
-At the end, you have to grind to unlock everything to stand a chance agaisnt the last boss(That is optional, but recommanded).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I've never heard of this game up until recently and I payed $.99 for it. In the time I have played it, had I known of it's excistance, I would gladly have bought it regardless of the sale. Generic Title Brawler or Kung Fu Strike, is a beat em' up game and a rather fun one at that. In regards to story, I honestly couldn't say. I thouroghly enjoy cutscenes and delving in the lore and what not, but I had a wierd compulsion to skip all the still image cutscenes, maybe cause I play this particular game for one reason.

Gameplay has you, in each level, fight in arena against a number of enemies of various strengths with a challenging boss at the end, however some levels do the cheap alternative of just putting a previous boss and their twin sibling/clone to pummel you silly. In regards to combat you have your light, heavy, jump attacks, counter, and dodge. You'll have fun pulling off flashy combos and contrary to nay-sayers, the fighting does not have a broken/ginormous learning curve. It took me awhile to realize in order to perform different, stronger moves, and proper counters, they must be executed with timing. You will only get so far mashing the attack button and your Common Martial Arts Striker will keep raving while you get attacked if you keep mashing the counter button.

There's also a local co op, I haven't tried it yet (no one wants to play with me :D) but I'd like to speculate that it is just a buddy who can jump in to help you on the harder levels and harder some of these levels can be, I mean, there totally possible to beat flawlessy with concentration but the level with raining bombs? Fork that level. Overall, though, a decent brawler to pick up and play.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Looking for a hard Beat-Em-Up? This might just be your game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game is action packed and features unique Orient-style graphics. A gaming pad is not required but highly recommended.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
SICKKKKK GAME BEST KUNG FU GAME I PLAYED
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
+Fun in the beginning
-Gets tedious with un-inspiring difficulty: quantity instead of quality of enemies
-Cannot change controls
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
133.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Not a walk in the park, but even better than Arkham if you master everything. This is not for the weak-willed. You must be Contra/Dark Souls experienced when coming into this. Definitely needs an online coop option. Mostly goes on sale for $2.50. Check my page for videos ♥
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
This game is so fun and challenging. But playing this with your friends CO-OP and PVP is amazing. :melon:
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Co-Op'd this with a friend and reminded me of Playing Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks way back when.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Kung Fu Strike has great potential, but it's terribly unfair and unforgiving.

Game is hard, but not extremely hard and it's quite enjoyable learning to master all moves, how to block and to evade, but eventually, at later stages, it becomes unfair and AI seems to get always the upper hand.

A typical example is when enemies start performing special attacks repeatedly (while you have to accumulate KI for special moves) and start to gangbang main character with red attacks while still knocked down from previous attacks, leaving zero chance to block/escape and leading often to a premature death.

From my point of view game has not been balanced very well and in some stages (or some bonus challenges) it leads to the frustrating sensation that you have to repeat the same stage several times, before winning for pure luck or because AI says so.

This is the biggest flaw for which I don't feel to recommend this game and it's a pity because it is great for everything else:

- game is very enjoyable to play before enemies become overpowered
- graphic is beautiful, coloured and clean
- there are different levels to play, each with its own style
- local co-op
- main character can be upgraded via new moves or items purchased
- new moves are not just a cosmetic upgrade, but opens new fighting tactics
- xbox controller is supported
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
2 words: Great Game :D
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Lots of good old fashioned ♥♥♥ kicking and face smashing.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
This game is difficult in a fun way. This game is not for those who like having "the victory" given to them. And is a bit nostalgic, it reminds me of the arcade machines you'd find in some laundromats. A gamepad is highly recommended.

Each enemy requires a bit of studying (both bosses and normal enemies).

Each level has a unique set up, so the game never feels stale.

Animations are well done. The staff wielding enemies are a prime example.

Attacking an enemy is very satisfying because of the way they react to it.

There are power-ups, abilities, chi attacks and items that you can unlock with points. One unlockable ability is air guard.

The game has local co op (the entire campaign) that supports both Xinput and Direct Input gamepads (you have to configure Direct Input gamepads through the buggy config.exe. Xinput works by default). The game is difficult enough for you to "take turns" with 2 or more friends around.

The combat is not broken as some say and the game does not break its own rules; the only attacks that are unblockable are ones with exclamation marks, it does not depend on the enemy turning red(I do not recall the game ever saying that red attacks are unblockable) there can be a combination of red and exclamation. You have to use common sense when fighting some enemies. You can generally tell if an attack will cause you to stagger ishould you attempt to guard against it. Some enemies will try to land successive hits. Your first block requires less precision while any block(s) performed too soon will require greater precision. Your character's block animation will be different from the first block you perform, which is a visual que that your in what I call "precision block mode". You can also dodge roll out of combos etc and block out of combos even if you fail to block the first hit, but this is hard to pull off.

The game's graphics remind me of the newer Street Fighter games and another game called Power Stone 2 (I'd love to see that on Steam some day).

All in all the game is fun if you like difficult games, you'll have fun retrying over and over again by yourself or with friends, if you know how to laugh at yourself .
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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
A challenging brawler with a lot of sticking power. It's frustrating and fun, and the gameplay is very satisfying. Playing this reminded me of the videogames I played as a kid: You will die. A lot. You will continously try to beat the same boss for an hour and when you finally do, you'll cheer. Some of the enemies fight extremely dirty, and there will come a point where you will all but have to look up combos and strategies to advance, but it's worth it. For $10, it's a lot of fun!
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71 of 119 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
Kung Fu Strike is a needlessly difficult game in which the rules are defined and immediately broken. The combat system is initially exciting but soon becomes tired and clumsy when met with a particular group of enemies or a very unrelenting boss battle. You can not lock onto enemies, instead the game will automatically choose who you're fighting at any given time. There will be times when the game will wait for you to initiate an attack only to have your character unintentionally go soaring over the head of your opponent.

The arenas in which you brawl are often claustrophobic and allow little room for error. The size of the stage will at times be so small and swarmed with such a large amount of enemies that you will lose focus of your character and not be able to clearly see who you should attack and when you should counter.

Speaking of, the counter system is confusing. In the beginning you are told to counter against enemies by following their attack animation and that enemies who suddenly glow red can not be countered. In a later level you will face an opponent who can be countered when glowing red, destroying whatever rules the game had just set. You can not counter low attacks, even when the enemy isn't glowing red. Sometimes countering an attack will not break an opponent's combo as they continue landing attacks, even though it's possible for them to break your combo. If you immediately begin to counter an enemy whose attack animation has just begun your counter animation will sometimes end before they land their attack, often causing you to take significant damage if caught in a combo. Sometimes you may be swarmed with enemies who will all attack at once or immediately one after the other, forcing you to forever counter their attacks or risk taking damage as you focus on a small group of enemies whilst the other group pummels away at you.

The character is always at a disadvantage. You are required to fight, earn money, and then purchase unlockable items in order to stand a chance in future fights. Unfortunately you never really know which items are most appropriate until after you've failed the next battle, there is a lot of trial-and-error involved here and that form of repetitious mechanic isn't very appealing.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2013
Hard as hell but so damn satisfying if you beat it with a friend. Good graphics and animations as well.
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2013
Realy fun fighting game based in combos. This remember to arcade machine games in 3d.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Kung Fu Stike was a very unexpected blast to play. But be warned it is a very difficult game that wants you to lose. I would not suggest it to gamers that get easily frustrated. So you may be wondering what is this game about? Well it is a weird mix of a beat'em up and a fighting game with a rather cool option to call in reinforcements if you don't mind paying some much needed gold. The story is well....I have no idea what is going on to be honest, but you can safely ignore it without missing much of anything due to its paper thin plot.

The visuals are pretty nice and remind me of Street Fighter 4. The music is nothing memorable but it gets the job done. Pretty much everything is just average in Kung Fu Strike, but where it really shines is in its fast paced, combo centered gameplay. Controls feel nice and responsive, be it in a 3d brawler areana or a 2d boss section. And I love how the crowds of enemies don't just sit around and wait for you to punch them like in the Batman or Dynasty Warriors games. They will attack you from all sides at once rapidly draining your health unless you block or dodge out of the way. This is not a game where you are a overpowered god like character, you are simply a General trying to put down a rebellion and may occasionally need to rely on the help of your comrades if you are not skilled enough at the game.

Still your character is no push over. Deal or take enough damage and you could pull off some special moves that deal serious damage and have a generous area of effect arc to take out the lowly grunts or just get some breathing room when a boss is in the middle of a combo. You can also equip up to three items, from a herb that brings you back from the dead to taking less damage from explosives and thrown weapons. You regain life by picking up rice balls that fly out of a defeated enemy and they may also drop a item that you need to be able to call in for backup.

The game is not perfect though. By far the biggest problem I have with it is that the camera is just bad. Too the point of costing you more than a couple of fights due to it freaking out and spinning all over the place or some object being in front of the camera blocking your view. Another problem is that you cant change the resolution in the option menu but have to go into the game files and set it through a "Config" file. And the last problem worth noting is that alot of the time you require alot of luck. What I mean by that is you can sometimes go a match with the enemies dropping nothing but coins and no other useful items. Makes it quite frustrating when this game is very stingy with its checkpoint system and the overall difficulty.

Overall I would suggest you try the demo before you buy to get a feel for what this title offers. If you enjoy it and dont mind knowing it will get very difficult later on, it will have you addicted and wanting yet another go at that seemingly impossible boss fight. The sweet taste of victory when you finally bring down his health and dive quick him 20 feet through the air is more than enough to warrant the full price of $10 :p
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