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Fighting Warrior

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Released: 1985

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Melbourne House

Developer: Studio B

Submitted by: Crispian Driver

In my eyes at the time, i thought of Fighting Warrior as a sequel to the incredible Way Of The Exploding Fist. It is the same sort of game, by the same company, so i looked at it as Fist II. Although i was wrong, i wasn't far off as Fist II became a scrolling beat 'em up just like this.

So, you're some sort of heroic Egyptian Warrior, whose beloved Princess Thaya has been kidnapped by the evil Pharoah. Princess Thaya has been buried alive and the Pharoahs plan is to sacrifice her to the gods. All alone, you're going to have to defeat Warriors, Gargoyles and other demons to be the hero of the hour. Sadly, i never got to be the hero, i never even made it into the temple for the showdown with the Pharoah.

As mentioned above, Fighting Warrior is a scrolling beat 'em up. As you trek towards your sweetheart various nasty enemies 'magically' spawn out of the ground to try and ensure you never save her. You only have one life, at the bottom of the screen your health is displayed with chevrons, as are your foes. Random arrows come flying across the screen at your warrior which need to be ducked under, or jumped over to preserve your health, this part can be frustrating because your Warrior reacts a tad slow to the arrows. The odd magic bottle also crops up, which contains good or bad magic, they give the game a bit more variety, but are a lottery really.

The moves are much more simplistic than Fists. You walk, duck and jump. You're fighting moves are simply high hit, middle hit and low hit, all done with your trusty sword.

At the bottom of the screen, your score is displayed, you get points for hitting your enemies and even more points for defeating them quickly.

The first thing you'll notice, is how big your character and your foes are, quite large compared with other beat 'em up games. The second is how well animated and colourful it is. The third… well, the sound use is minimal.

Overall, a good game. It plays well, but a bit slow in my opinion. Close to Fist, but no cigar.