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.
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Release Date: Jul 24, 2012

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“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

    • 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
    • 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
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
This 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.

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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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
This game is a very challenging game, the diffiulty may push players away, but it is also a very fun game once you get the hang of it. This game is not for those who like having "the victory" given to them.

Here's some quick gameplay notes:

Each enemy has something unique that requires a different approach.

Levels have unique setups enemy setups and conditions, 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 various power ups, attacks, abilities, and items that can be unlocked. One ability that you should focus on getting is Air Guard.

The game supports local co-op (the entire campaign) via gamepad and KB. Both Xinput and Direct Input gamepads are supported (you'll 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 using chi attacks (I do not recall the game ever saying that chi attacks are unblockable) there can be a combination of chi attacks and unblockable attacks which are indicated by an exclamation point.

You have to use common sense when fighting some enemies. You can generally tell if an attack will cause you to stagger should you attempt to guard against it. Some enemies will try to land successive hits. Your first block requires less precision; subsequent blocks require greater precision. You can dodge/block mid-combo.

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 a challenge, you'll have fun retrying over and over again by yourself or with a friend, if you know how to laugh at yourself.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Kung Fu Strike actually surprised me a lot. It has a fabulous fighting with pleasant graphics and animation, spectacular attacks, as in the Japanese-Chinese movies. An interesting and enjoyable combat system with lighting fast moves and super abilities which can be triggered by gaining enough rage. There are a crazy numbers of combos you can pull off which is always fun to see, and the nature of the game play makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play. However, there's a certain level of patience and stubbornness involved to beat the game. If you're one of those hardcore players that see games not as entertainment but rather as a challenge and a test of character, then this simple fighting game will abuse you just the way you like it. You may have a struggle in the later levels of the game, but co-op will make that easier for you. This is a challenging, yet simplistic and adrenaline fueling game, something to keep you entertained for hours.
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91 of 148 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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33 of 46 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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
The game is awesome! Yes it is hardcore fighting. Read below about it!

IMPORTANT: negative reviews which are based on complains regarding the special moves.
Saw that people complaining how bosses ignores your block, they break your moves and whatever.


You are free to block, break, dodge any move, even special ones, bosses does that too.
For example swordsman, the 4th level, I didn't have anything unlocked, managed to get A rank on normal for 54 seconds with combos up above 100, how?

First to mention, there is no such thing as special or attack which cannot be blocked, dodged.

Swordsman low hit special.
He makes low hit, low hit cannot be blocked, then you either evade with L or jump with K then hit with J and again with K to break his block. Then hold J to make combo, then JK and you get him stunned most of the times.
It is very important to press it on the right time, don't wait the hits to appear, they disappear quickly.

Swordsman spin attack.
How to dodge the spin attack, evade forward with L you will roll underneath him. Or press space to block and then L to evade, succeeds all the time.
In short you use block and evade at the same time because spin attack makes several hits.

The level with several bosses and normal enemies 3rd one.
There you start with 3 special enemies which causes quakes when they hit the ground, you have chi potion in the middle, you run around them, then you evade with L and right after that activate special hit with J and K thats how you break them.
Another hint, normal enemies attack the bosses if boss hit them or bosses attacks them if they hit him.
So your strategy is to evade as much as possible and wait till they get together to use special on them.

The game is just really hard, I mean really hard because i just started playing it, I've played another fighting games and haven't seen one that requires so much time to make a tactic how to beat it.

So, in case someone tells you that bosses play unfair and they break your moves and attacks in impossible way, thats not true, you can do the same thing with their attacks, just you should find a way how because every enemy is unique in style and requires time to study the moves.


It has nice graphics, sound is nice, music doesn't bother, comic story panels on missions makes it look cool, reminds me of Street Fighter as graphic style actually.
As for missions, every single one is different and requires different strategy, you may be the best on some level, still got smashed in another one for seconds.
On the other side movements are very good, attacks and blocks are dynamic, theres no delay, everything is executed right away and you must know how to play piano to deal with it. As fighting style reminds me of Killer Instinct 2 to be honest about.
You have 4 button system, block, evade, jump, attack, with plenty of combination to make a nice combo in any situation, specials are not that important, they are needed if you want to knock off the enemy for awhile.
In the game you have things to unlock, you earn money and you can unlock additional skills or buy items, which is pretty cool too.
Seems like in this game everything that matters is skills to block, evade and counter attack then combo.

Multiplayer, coop, vs, haven't tried those!

It is not the best fighting game for sure, it is not the typical fighting game too, certainly not a game for you if you just want to beat someone.
It has non-standard gameplay, it is made to be a challenge, so if you like to get beaten a lot till you figure out how to pass the level, then you can get it and try it out.
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
44.8 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
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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20 of 29 people (69%) 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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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
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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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
It's an awesome beat ‘em-up. There aren't a lot of them around STEAM, but even among them this one is special indeed.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: September 10
Excellent game, Reminds me of the old PS1 Game 'Shaolin' Big kick-♥♥♥ kung fu moves, good level of difficulty and that 'just one more go' factor. For the price asked it is excellent value for money.
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10.7 hrs
Posted: September 3
Product received for free
The story is okay but the gameplay is awesome, at the beginning it is a bit hard until u mastered the combo . The game is also addictive.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
BOX/JUMP/KICK and cool cartoons, Chinese Kung Fu master make me more fun!
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Vape Lord Nord
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
Reminds me of the Batman games. Except with more KYAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!. 7/2. Would Vape Again.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
If you like Beat'emup games, definatly go ahead with this game.
Amazing gameplay and kungfu styles, freakingly awesome combo strikes, plamable music which suits the game-grounds.

Below are the pros and cons from my end, after 1 hour of gameplay.

1. Nice beat 'em up game style
2. No guns, no blood, no violance, pure kung-fu hustle
3. Good graphics with amazing music
4. Catchy storyline and you gotta meet new bosses everytime(Which unlocks new powers/moves for you to purchase)
5. Price tag(I got it at 75% off)

1. short gameplay
2. Repetative moves(Unless you unlock the new ones.)
3. Bindingless controls. It means, you can not make the changes to the keys, and you will have to play with the default mapped keys.

All in all, definatly a great game if you like beating the s**t out of NPC. :D

Rating 8.5/10

P.S. Make sure to buy "damage insurance" for your keyboard. :D
Like mortal combat, this games, requires you to tap/hold keys multiple times.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: August 11
Highly enjoyable old school beatemup. Bought on sale and was immediately whisked away to the arcades of my youth.
Addictive and fun.
Game pad recommended.
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King Juppo
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
The words button mashing garbage come to mind, repetative, annoying, ugly, with a boring story and even worst gameplay, i bought it for $2 and i still think it was a waste.
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Amazo Potato
0.7 hrs
Posted: July 27
This game was really BORING to me
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Oralet King
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 14
böyle oyun mu olur ameka......
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