This month saw the launch of the Psytronik release of Alf Yngve’s ‘1000 Kung Fu Maniacs’, and my tape copy arrived the other day.
Upon loading, I was greeted with the usual cool loading screen and music, then a neat speech sample before the game kicked off.
What is particularly impressive about the game is that it is a sideway scrolling beat-em-up done in the Shoot Em Up Construction Kit (Jon Well’s sideways scrolling edition), which is exactly what it says on the tin.
Due to the sideways scrolling aspect now available, Alf was able to produce a sort of Kung Fu Master clone (ish!) by making bullets in the shape of the character’s limbs and making the shot length very short. Simple, but a clever way around the tool’s restrictions.
Alf uses a number of tricks to give you a game which is not like your usual SEUCK effort, including riding on a skateboard, being able to duck from enemy attack and also with the impressive use of the “hi-res” background element throughout the game. This was something that Sensible Software added into Slap n Tickle to give themselves a better defined space field, but left it in the editor so that those who spotted this bizarre feature (Not present in the other games or Blank SEUCK) were able to make use of it for their own creations.
Sometimes you can get caught having to always run to avoid a series of bullets heading in your direction that never disappear, but apart from that the game is one of the best SEUCK titles i’ve played and one of the most imaginative uses of the tool yet. If you haven’t played it yet and are aware of what SEUCK can and cannot do, I would highly recommend checking it out.
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