When I first saw Kang Fu there was something special about it. Okay, so the first demo wasn't particularly brilliant, but there was something there, even though I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It wasn't the graphics, sound or even the playability... Oh yes, I remember now! It came on a CD!
Kang Fu must be the first proper CD game since Cannon Fodder. Nobody took much notice of the CD32 so developers avoided it like the plague. However, a new software house called 'GREED', or Great Effects Development, from Holland is here with a bouncy-like platform game.
The actual game is all about kangaroos. I have no idea why, so don't ask. The object of the game is to travel around the world rescuing all the baby kangaroos who managed to get lost. However, there are many evil animals trying to stop you. These range from cockerels, wasps and crocodiles to lots of bizarre things like flying umbrellas and sticks of rock.
There are loads of power-ups and bonuses lying around, such as pop-guns, eggs, bombs and bottles of Coca Cola with which to replenish your energy. You can also just wander about collecting diamonds to boost your points total if you wish, although the main objective is to rescue the baby kangaroos.
At the end of each stage you will encounter a huge end-of-level guardian, which takes too many hits to dispose of. This is a great feature which has bee sadly lacking since the old console days. It will really give you a sense of satisfaction when you finish the level.
Overall, the graphics and the animation in particular are really good. From the main movement of the kangaroo sprites to the animation of drinking and picking up objects you will be really impressed. The enemies are equally as good.
The presentation is excellent, and there are a great number of options available. The introduction sequence explains the game well, and is accompanied by lots of gratuitous pictures of kangaroos in various fields,. Which is nice.
The only problem is the playability. It's certainly not as good as it should be, although the graphics more than make up for the slight glitches. At times there can be too much on-screen at once, causing major confusion, and it's very challenging. You'll have to be a platform master to finish this one.
If you fancy giving your CD32 a new lease of life, you won't go far wrong with Kang Fu. It's certainly one of the better platform games to come out over the last six months.