Fist II – The Legend Continues (1986)

A classic game from the 80s Fist II – The Legend Continues. This game is a sequel to The Way of the Exploding Fist, which was one of the first fighting games ever made. But unlike its predecessor, Fist II is not just a series of one-on-one matches. It’s a full-fledged adventure game where you explore a huge world full of enemies, secrets and challenges.

Fist II was released in 1986 for the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum by Melbourne House, an Australian developer that also made The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings games. The game features impressive graphics and sound for its time, as well as a realistic martial arts system that lets you perform various moves and combos with your joystick or keyboard.

The game’s story is simple: you are a kung fu master despite that some manuals refer to you as a disciple who must defeat an evil warlord who has taken over the land. To do so, you must travel through different locations, such as jungles, dojos, waterfalls, caves, dungeons and mountains, and fight his henchmen, dogs and traps along the way. You must also collect scrolls and pray at shrines to increase your health and learn new skills.

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The game is hard. The enemies are tough and relentless, and you have a limited number of lives. You also have to figure out where to go and what to do by yourself, as there is no map or hints in the game. The game world is huge and nonlinear, so you can easily get lost or stuck. Some puzzles require precise timing or trial-and-error, which can be frustrating.

But if you are up for a challenge and enjoy retro games, Fist II is a gem that deserves your attention. It’s one of the earliest examples of an open-world game with RPG elements, and it influenced many later games in the genre. It’s also a moody and lightly eerie game to play. especially if you master the combat system and discover all its secrets.

So if you are curious about this game, you can find it online or on emulators and give it a try. If you have played it before, let me know what you think of it in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy gaming!


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