Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hong Kong Phooey

Once again, I've been plodding through my YouTube channel and found another silly video, Hi-Tec's Hong Kong Phooey. This is a scrolling beat 'em up that begins with a cool intro which is based on the cartoon I watched as a kid - this certainly brought a smile to my face!! After Spot releases the unappreciated janitor from the filing cabinet, we begin our adventure searching for Baron Von Bankjob who has just escaped from jail.

I love the title sequence but knowing kung fu certainly didn't help this janitor jump with any grace!

In this beat 'em up are many thugs wandering back and forth and all want to stop us from capturing the villainous Baron. Thankfully, we are a kung fu expert and the joystick controls are simple: we can punch or kick our foe in different ways and pushing up (whilst walking) performs a killer Van Damme flying manoeuvre. However, to reach higher platforms requires a bigger jump which means also hitting the fire button and is a little cumbersome.

The graphics are pretty nice and cartoony with an oldskool style that might not appeal to many looking for that gorgeous 16-Bit sex appeal. I must say, the scrolling is smooth but it's at the expense of screen size which has been reduced by a largely pointless status panel. Gotta love the crude character sprites and their pathetic animations but the worst of all is when we float through the air during a jump. Totally ludicrous, but who cares?

The few moves are easy to learn but lots of fun. Yee-ah that, sucka! (say it in a Mr T voice)

I remembered making this old video recording and also the lukewarm feeling I had afterwards because I got lost (and fed up) so perhaps I should have had a gander at the map first? Back then, I wasn't sure the game captured the heart of this old TV show and I'm pretty much feeling the same today. However, as a beat 'em up platformer in its own right, there is something neat about this old pup which I really enjoyed. I'm just not sure what it is, yet!!

Hong Kong Phooey sure brings nothing new to the table but those lame Chuck Norris kicks are crudely entertaining and exploring the massive technicolour world is fun but without being overbearing. If you have a cat called Spot and a cabinet with which to change, then I suggest you download either the floppy or hard disk version right away.

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