Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
Developer: As above
Release Date: 1986
Music: Ben Daglish
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 64%
Our Game Rating: 75%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Way of the Tiger by Gremlin is a three part fighting game. You can chose to play each part separately, but in order to complete it you must play all parts as one complete game. The three sections are hand-to-hand combat, pole fighting and sword fighting. The game is very difficult as the opponents are very tough. I’ve managed to beat all the sections separately but not all in one game. The graphics are pretty basic and the control method is quite slow and unresponsive. It’s not one of the best fighting games on the C64. The graphics get worse as the game goes on and the sprites become monochrome. The game seemed to be very popular back in the eighties, but playing it now it’s hard to imagine why.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played it and saved my progress a lot. It was a painfully boring exercise.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have chopped the final bad guy to bits, you get to see the final end screen. It’s basically just some multi-coloured text. The message reads ‘CONGRATULATIONS. YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN YOUR QUEST AND PROVED YOURSELF WORTHY OF THE TITLE – WARRIOR ELITE‘.
Neil: Another tough game with a terrible ending. It’s one I’ve always wanted to beat, regardless of the ending (although it is a huge let down).
Vinny: I first stumbled upon this game when I was in Italy back on 1986. I purchased a C64 magazine that had a covertape full of pirated games, and one of them was Way of the Tiger. The interesting thing was, I seemed to have the game before it was released! The same went for Bombo. Looks like someone was leaking early versions of British games. Anyway – I quite enjoyed playing this back in the day, but I haven’t returned back to it for some time now and so I may just check it out again.
As for the ending, I was expecting a little more than just a sub-standard static screen of text. A real let down, and as Neil says in his ‘Final say’ below, ‘…insulting.’
Andy Vaisey: I had a pirate of this as well – an absolutely awful multiload on tape in my opinion. Weird how the backgrounds start off partly hires with multicolour sprites and then end up multicolour with hires sprites. Doesn’t do much for consistency…
Taking into account all the good fighting games around at the same time (International Karate, Exploding Fist, Yie-ar-Kung Fu, et al) this is a really poor attempt. And the ending just isn’t worth all the effort required to complete. Waste of time all round. 0/10.
Brendan Phoenix: I had a poster of this in my room back in the day. The game stinks to high heaven though.
After Mean Streets we are back down to Earth with a bump with this poor ending.
Andrew Fisher: Very, very bad game and a very, very bad ending… got plenty of marketing hype due to the tie-in with the gamebooks it was based on, but didn’t deserve it.
FINAL SAY: Now that’s just insulting…
G.E. RATING: 1 / 10