Way of the Tiger
• Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
• Developer: As above
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WAY OF THE TIGER
by Gremlin Graphics
& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Way of the Tiger by Gremlin is a three part fighting
game. You can chose to play each part separately, but in
order to complete it you must play all parts as one
complete game. The three sections are hand-to-hand
combat, pole fighting and sword fighting. The game is
very difficult as the opponents are very tough. I've
managed to beat all the sections separately but not all
in one game. The graphics are pretty basic and the
control method is quite slow and unresponsive. It's not
one of the best fighting games on the C64. The graphics
get worse as the game goes on and the sprites become
monochrome. The game seemed to be very popular back in
the eighties, but playing it now it's hard to imagine
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I played it and saved my progress a lot. It was a
painfully boring exercise.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have chopped the final bad guy to bits, you get
to see the final end screen. It's basically just some
multi-coloured text. The message reads 'CONGRATULATIONS.
YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN YOUR QUEST AND PROVED YOURSELF
WORTHY OF THE TITLE - WARRIOR ELITE'.
Another tough game with a terrible ending. It's one
I've always wanted to beat, regardless of the ending
(although it is a huge let down).
I first stumbled upon this game when I was in Italy
back on 1986. I purchased a C64 magazine that had a covertape full of pirated games, and one of them was
Way of the Tiger. The interesting thing was, I
seemed to have the game before it was released! The
same went for Bombo. Looks like someone was leaking
early versions of British games. Anyway - I quite
enjoyed playing this back in the day, but I haven't
returned back to it for some time now and so I may
just check it out again.
As for the ending, I
was expecting a little more than just a sub-standard
static screen of text. A real let down, and as Neil
says in his 'Final say' below, '...insulting.'
I had a pirate of this as well - an absolutely awful
multiload on tape in my opinion. Weird how the
backgrounds start off partly hires with multicolour
sprites and then end up multicolour with hires
sprites. Doesn't do much for consistency...
Taking into account all the good fighting games
around at the same time (International Karate,
Exploding Fist, Yie-ar-Kung Fu, et al) this is a
really poor attempt. And the ending just isn't worth
all the effort required to complete. Waste of time
all round. 0/10.
I had a poster of this in my room back in the day.
The game stinks to high heaven though.
After Mean Streets we are back down to Earth with a
bump with this poor ending.
Very, very bad game and a very, very bad ending...
got plenty of marketing hype due to the tie-in with
the gamebooks it was based on, but didn't deserve
FINAL SAY: Now that's just insulting...
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