Bruce Lee on Commodore 64

The plot of Bruce Lee involves the martial artist advancing from chamber to chamber in a wizard’s tower, seeking to claim infinite wealth and the secret of immortality. There are twenty chambers, each represented by a single screen with platforms and ladders. To progress, the player must collect a number of lanterns suspended from various points in the chamber.

Bruce Lee screen capture
Bruce Lee screen capture

Most chambers are guarded by two mobile enemies; The Ninja, who attacks with a “bokken stick” and The Green Yamo, a large unarmed warrior, visually styled as a sumo wrestler but attacking with punches and “crushing kicks”. On platforms with sufficient graphics support, Yamo’s skin is actually pictured as green, though in cover art he has a natural human skin tone.

A multiplayer mode allows a second player to control Yamo, or to allow two players to alternately control Bruce. If the player playing Yamo is inactive for a certain time, the computer takes over. The Ninja and Yamo are also vulnerable to the screen’s dangers, but have infinite lives so they always return; whereas Yamo is consistently identified as a single person, one version of the manual implies that each reappearance of the ninja is a new individual, replacing the previous one.

Bruce Lee screen capture
Bruce Lee screen capture

Later chambers include more hazards such as mines and moving walls, as well as a “comb-like” surface that has an electric spark racing along it. Skillful walking, climbing, ducking and jumping are required to negotiate them. On the twentieth screen, Lee finally faces the evil Fire Wizard.

The game had functional graphics and sound and a good level of difficulty to try and play the game, it was a cross between a beat-em-up and a platform game so had minimal fighting moves but you could also run, jump and climb to navigate the various level

Bruce Lee on Commodore 64
Bruce Lee on Commodore 64

 

Cheats

Load the original program and type POKE 5472,99. Then start with RUN and you have unlimited lives

 

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