#64: Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu

Released In: 1990
Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Hudson Soft

      You are Jackie Chan. The Sorcerer has kidnapped your twin sister Josephine and taken over China. It's up to you, Jackie Chan, to save China, find your sister, and kick the shit out of item-bearing frogs. Will you be successful? Of course, you're Jackie Chan!

Syd Lexia: When I saw this game at the video store, I had absolutely no idea who Jackie Chan was. In fact, I'm pretty sure I assumed that he was just some video game mascot, not unlike Super Mario or Pitfall Harry. That was probably for the best, because this game has very little to do with the legendary action hero Jackie Chan aside from the fact that the main character vaguely resembles him. But aside from that, this is a damn fun game. Forget about the Adventure Island series, this is truly Hudson Soft's best platformer. The graphics were outstanding, the mini games were fun, and the special moves were awesome. This game may not be as well as known as some of the other sidescrolling action games on the NES, but it's better than most of them.

Dr. Jeebus: I remembered this game vividly when we were working on this list, but I had no idea what the name was. I was shocked to find out that the little guy you ran around as was supposed to be Jackie Chan. Don't let the name fool you, this game is actually extremely fun and should not be ignored.

DarkMaze: This game manages to have less Jackie Chan than the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon, which features an animated Chan voiced by James Sie. You know, from... uh... that one episode of What's New, Scooby Doo? You know, NOT Jackie Chan? Yeah, less Jackie Chan than THAT.

Hell, even the picture on the title screen looks absolutely nothing like the guy. Instead he looks like some outrageous Asian cartoon stereotype who underwent botched cosmetic surgery. In the game, you play as some generic kid with an afro who is also decidedly not Jackie Chan.

Chanlessness aside, the game is actually pretty fun, and the style and graphics are reminiscent of Capcom platform games. Or maybe Jaleco. And while I sure wouldn’t want to see Chan fight like that in the movies, the variety of moves rivals that of a great many beat 'em up-style platformers.

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