Way of the Exploding Fist by Melbourne House

way_of_the_exploding_fist_01Publisher: Melbourne House
Release Date: 1985
Code: Gregg Barnett
Graphics: Gregg Holland
Music: Neil Brennan
ZZAP Game Rating: 93%
Our Game Rating: 98%
Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
Thanks to Frank Gasking for confirming that Way of the Exploding Fist DOES actually have a game ending!
Frank recently spoke to the creator of the game, Gregg Barnett, asking him if he had any games in his archive that were never released (Frank would use these on his own Games That Weren’t web site). Unfortunately for Frank, the answer was ‘no’, but what’s more exciting – for me anyway – was the fact that Gregg was surprised that NO ONE has ever mentioned or reached the game ending to Way of the Exploding Fist.
What Gregg relayed to Frank was that to complete the game you had to reach 50th Dan to become the GRAND MASTER, and not before you fought with the current Master.
With that in mind, I set out to obtain the ending and I was TOTALLY astonished with the result! …
“I CAN’T believe it!! I am fighting the Grand Master!”
Oh Shit! Looks like I’ve got to try again! Just as well I saved
a snapshot of the game before I got the shit kicked out of me (“,)
SUPERB! The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: With an infinite energy cheat, a STRONG joystick, and a few spare hours!!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you hit 50th Dan, you go back to the starting screen, but this time you have an audience because you have to fight the GRAND MASTER himself!! (“Who’s the bloke in the Blue?”).
You go through each screen as you do with the usual Red Fighter, but this time it is a hundred times more difficult!
Once you finally beat the Grand Master on the last screen, you hear the infamous ‘exploding fist’ scream and then the screen cuts to you, the red fighter, and the old Grand Master standing on a titled ‘Exploding Fist’ screen. Each fighter bows and then a message appears, which reads, “Congratulation. You have achieved the ultimate status of Grand Master.”
COMMENTS: I am amazed that after all these years – 21 to be precise – I have only just seen the superb game ending. It really is cool fighting against the Grand Master and adds a sense of achievement to the game’s final sequence. The only downside, and why the game ending didn’t receive a 10/10 score, was that the music was just the same ‘in-game’ tune – nice, but could have been beefed up for the ending. Not wanting to leave it on a negative vibe, this game ending really ROCKS!
FINAL SAY: Load up your Commodore 64 and GET PLAYING! (“,)

G.E. RATING: 8 / 10

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