You control Keiji Thomas, a young Kung-Fu master whose mission is to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend Sylvia by the evil Mr. X! His girlfriend is taken into the last floor of a temple, and Thomas needs to fight his way to the top. You must fight through five side-scrolling floors full of enemies to rescue her using your punches and kicks. Enemies vary from young Kung-Fu students to masters, so you mission is not easy. Enemy projectiles such as knives can be kicked in the air to rebound them towards the enemy. Each floor features a few deadly spots too such as deadly exploding pots dropping as you walk each floor (not to mention dragons appearing breathing fire, and snakes roaming around!). At the end of each floor (just before you get into an elevator) you will face a level boss who's abilities are getting higher as you progress to the top. On the top floor resides Mr. X himself.
Kung-Fu Master is a great action fighting game, offering great fun but a lot of difficulty as you progress. Nasties can sometimes overcrowd the screen (coming continuously from left and right, along with dropping exploding pots which makes your lifespan rather short...
The game runs on 48k and 128 models. Although graphics are colorful enough for the Spectrum hardware (offering less details compared to the CPC and C64 versions), it fails on gameplay due to its slow action. Sprites move very slow here although their nice animation.
Sound on the other hand is good. The 128k Spectrum version offers some nice tunes (intro and gameplay) along with SFX.