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 (516 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
15 of 15 people (100%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.3 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.

THIS IS NOT TRUE

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.

ABOUT THE GAME

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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
You may find it as a arcade type of games like street fighter or tekken or something else but yes Its all about kung fu earning gold to purchase equpments and skills which is not really easy to do.

Playing this game is fun especially if you are in queue or waiting for something, I really wish this game might be compatible for tablets or androids because its kinda good for that gadget.

I recommend this game if you are looking extra game to kill some time honestly its a good alternative game.

PRO: Easy to control and easy to navigate with only few keys to clicks. Every match is different and you will need to play it intellegently.

Cons: Its hard to earns gold, and it will really takes a lot of effort to do that.

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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Reallly nice button mashing game. Easy to play, hard to master.. I can't even get an S grade... Goddammit..
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Totaly in love with this game. One of the best fighting games ive seen !
Love it , enjoying it , though some levels are just TOO hard ! EVEN on easy mode !
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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
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
For starters, I am not a tournament fighting game player. I enjoyed the beat 'em ups of the S/NES days, and a handful of strictly fighter titles since then from franchises such as MK, Soul Caliber, Killer Instinct, Tekken, and of course the Smash series.

This game is flashy, pretty in a kind of nostalgic way, frustrating, and even rage inducing. I've yelled out in defiance at an uncaring Game Over screen, and keyboard mashed ALL the buttons after dying for the 50th time after failing to counter "when I was so obviously countering and blocking I'M PUSHING THE BUTTON WTFFF" for at least the 900th time.

I am still going to play this game because after putting it down for a bit and reflecting on the experience I just had, it was a lot of fun. I felt immensely satisfied planning out a combo starting off with a successful counter or block and obliterating a huge chunk of an enemy's health bar. The small measure of pride I gained upon working out a boss's pattern made up for the minutes of grief and frustration it took to do so, though it felt like hours. The hours that I played though felt like I was only playing for half an hour. Time passed oddly when I play this game.

I'll need to take frequent breaks to calm down and come at it again with a clear head, but I do not regret picking Kung Fu Strike - The Warrior's Rise up.
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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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11 of 19 people (58%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Good
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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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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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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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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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