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Spartan X (Japan)

Spartan X (c) 1984 Irem.


Irem M-62 system hardware

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6803 (@ 894.886 Khz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 894.886 Khz), (2x) MSM5205 (@ 384 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 55.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 512

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 2


This game is known outside Japan as "Kung-Fu Master".

First scrolling beat-em-up, this game is based on the movie 'Wheels on Meals', starring Jackie Chan (as Thomas) and Sammo Hung (who also directed). This movie is called 'Spartan X' in Japan.


Differences between Spartan X and Kung-Fu Master :

* During the demo screen the word Kung-Fu (in 'A KUNG-FU MASTER, THOMAS....') is spelled 'KANFU' in Spartan X.

* Spartan X has an additional copyright notice that is not in Kung-Fu Master : '(C)1984 Paragon Films Ltd., Towa Promotion'.


* Slow Motion Mode : Turn 'slow motion mode' ON in dipswitch. In game, press Start 2 to slow game speed.

* Stop Mode : Turn 'Freeze' ON in dipswitch. In game, press Start 2 to stop and Start 1 to restart.

* Level Seclection Mode : Turn 'Level seclection mode' ON in dipswitch. In game, press Start 1 to select and Start 2 to restart.

* Hint : Time your punches properly. They give you double score compared with the kicks, but they're much more risky, as you can fall short with your punch and get grabbed.

* Defeating the Bosses :

1) FIRST BOSS : Easy. Wait to his first pole swing from a safe distance and then quickly get close (stuck) to him. From now on, his attacks won't hit you. Walk forward (making him walk back) until you reach the staircases and then start punching him in the belly.

2) SECOND BOSS : First, clean your back of henchmen. Then, wait for the boomerang dude to throw his first boomerang , avoid it and this is the time! You have to hit him like hell while he's waiting to recover his boomerang. Punches hurt double. If you're quick enough punching, he won't recover his first boomerang.

3) THIRD BOSS : Just make a jumping moving kick, hit him in the chest, and as soon you touch the floor (falling down from the jumping kick) start punching fast as hell! With any luck he won't touch you anyway. Be sure to have spare energy to perform this movement just in case he has time to give you a kick (1/4 of the bar would be enough).

4) FOURTH BOSS : Watch out, this one is tricky. First, take him to the limits where he can walk (He suddenly stops as he can't get closer to you). Then come closer to him and duck, avoiding his projectiles. Then, a copy of him will appear at your back. Stand up and start walking (avoiding projectiles again) just as you did with the first boss. As soon as you arrive at the stairs, duck and start punching. He will appear and disappear, but JUST in front of you. Six punches and he's history.

5) FIFTH BOSS : Mainly keep him defending himself with high kicks (tapping very fast!) and then suddenly change to low kicks. Start with a jumping moving kick in the chest (just like the third boss) and then start the high/low kicks patterns.


1. Spartan X (1984)

2. Spartan X 2 (1991, Nintendo Famicom)


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1985)

Sega Saturn (1996, "Irem Arcade Classics")

Sony PlayStation (1996, "Irem Arcade Classics")