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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Oolong has spent his entire life training for the Martial Arts Championship. The Championship has attracted masters of different disciplines, all fighting to be named champion. In Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Oolong must use his own fighting moves and face masters of the throwing shuriken, nunchaku, bo, chain, and more to fulfill his destiny. With enhanced graphics, hand-painted backgrounds, and new achievements, this classic fighting game is sure to test your skills. Will you fight like a tiger or run away in shame? Classic gameplay: Authentic original gameplay of the arcade classic. Enhanced game elements: Play with the original arcade graphics or go enhanced with stunning hand-painted models and backgrounds. All the music and sound effects have been digitally enhanced to provide a richer, deeper gaming experience. All-time and weekly high score leaderboards. Twelve achievements provide up to 200 gamer points for your Gamerscore. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. For what used to be my favorite arcade game of all time, this is a wonderful new edition that stays true to the original. The graphics have been wonderfully redone, and the sounds still sound great.
  2. For its time, Yie Ar Kung-Fu was the hottest game in town and played like it too, other than its control issues. The Xbox Live enhancements to Konami’s original ROM once again make this classic coin op title worth its cheapy asking price, especially to those who respect the family tree of video gaming.
  3. Something about playing Yie Ar Kung Fu makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. [Issue#24, p.101]
  4. It's a relic from arcade's past that probably won't appeal to new players, but outside of being able to say "Hey, I remember liking this game back in the day," old arcade buffs probably won't get $5 out of it either.
  5. 40
    Yie Ar Kung-Fu is a game lost to time. It's outdated and no longer enjoyable. It's worth a few quarters in an arcade cabinet, but not worth $5 on Xbox Live Marketplace.
  6. No paint job can obscure the fact that connecting blows don't register more than half the time... Worse, basic movement is neither consistent nor natural. [Sept 2007, p.76]
  7. With literally hundreds of better classic games out there to choose from, it's absolutely mystifying that something that's aged as badly as Yie Ar Kung-Fu can be held aloft as some sort of period piece worth re-investigating.

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  1. AnthB.
    Aug 3, 2007
    Grew up with this game, sinking quarter after quarter in the arcade. The game was probably better left in my memory than it was in my living room today. I recognize it as the same exact game in the arcade...and now I realize how as a child EVERYTHING seems cool. Skip it, you'll play an hour at most and be done with it. No replay value, and no immediate value as well. Expand