iKungfu Master is a side scrolling fighting game in which players must fight their way past other stickmen using five different weapons. These weapons can be upgraded to improve their power and at the end of each level there is a boss which is considerably harder than the other stickmen. The game is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
It was created by Triniti Interactive Limited and is currently on sale for $0.99. It is part of Triniti Interactive’s Action Heroes series and also appears in their 9 in 1 Action Heroes set as well as their 37 in 1 Gamebox 1 set.
iKungfu Master is retro fighting game that will remind many of the popular Xiao Xiao series. This version however is a vast improvement on that series. The controls of the game are incredibly simple; there are two directional buttons to move left and right and a third attack button. The player has a rage bar which fills as they fight, and once full, can be released in a powerful attack that hurts everything on the screen. This appears as an angry face next to the attack button.
The player can change weapon by pressing the Switch Weapon button at the centre and can upgrade these by pressing Upgrade at the top of the screen. The player upgrades by spending the experience points gained by fighting. An arrow will appear when the player has enough experience to upgrade something. New weapons must be upgraded before they can be used.
The player has a life bar that goes down when hit and there are two power ups available which are extra health and extra experience points. Enemies come in various forms; some have weapons and more life than the simple boxers.
The game keeps the neo-noir theme that is present within all the Action Heroes games and this gives a really dark edge to the Xiao Xiao style game. It is a modern twist on a popular stickman theme. The graphics on this game, although simple, are very effective and very enjoyable.
iKungfu Master is a brilliant game that will keep players interested for a long time. The game encourages players to level up their weapons and doesn’t get boring quickly. The only thing that would be better is if the experience points came easier, as it does take a long time to upgrade the weapons. The game alone is worth $0.99 but it is however available in the Action Heroes 9 in 1 set and the Gamebox 1 set, which are both the same price, but with many more games. So players are recommended to purchase Gamebox 1 to access this game, rather than just buying it singularly.