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Kung Fury Movie And Steam Game Review

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Published on Jun 1, 2015

Kung Fury is the movie that's bringing back the 80s. It's an action movie and there's a game to go along with it on Steam and we're reviewing both of them right here.

Kung Fury is a surprise, a mystery, and something totally awesome. It's directed by David Sandberg, a Swedish Director, yet it has all the nostalgia of American 80s action movies. It's bursting with effects and retro style, there's literally too much to talk about. The director is not amateur either. He had directed many television commercials and music videos, but in 2012 he decided to quit commercial directing and make his 80s action comedy film a reality. The movie was originally kickstarted and tripled it's Kickstarter goal but did not hit the feature film goal. So it's been released on Steam and Youtube for free. A complimentary game was released on Steam for $2 that is equally as cool.

The main character is Kung Fury an ex-cop and kung fu master. Kung Fury was struck by lightning and bit by a cobra which gives him extraordinary kung fu powers. His arch nemesis is Adolf Hitler aka Kung Fuhrer. The actual plot is all over the place and this movie isn't exactly a thinking man's drama. It's a wild action packed ride.

The art style is retro embodied. First off, it looks like it's being played from a VHS. The video is softened and there's tons of color bleeding. It's a little desaturated to contrast the highly colorful costumes, backgrounds, and set design. It's really a distinct look and fits the perfect balance of reminding you that you are watching a modern movie with an old school look.

The movie hits every classic motif in the book. There's a dinosaur cop, a hacker with a mullet, a hoverboard, kung fury does a split after a big move, riding dinosaurs, an over sized guy with huge pecs, big blocky cell phones, and it takes place in Miami. It's also a special effects masterpiece. The film was super low budget, so there were tons of editing tricks and composites done to make certain scenes a reality. The fighting is nuts. Impossible kicks and jump happen all the time.

The game is just as cool as the movie. It looks like an old school arcade game on a CRT screen. The game even plays a joke on you. When you hit start it gives you a blue screen of death error. The controls are super simple, but the game has a surprising amount of depth. You only have two buttons, attack left, and attack right. There is no movement or jumping. As enemies come towards you, you choose to attack left or right building up a combo. But it gets tricky because if you miss a hit, there's a delay for your next attack. Enemies come in high numbers and some of them take more than one hit, so you have to be very careful about your attacks. You have three hearts and after those run out it's game over. There's no variety, it's just a gauntlet of incoming enemies with you attacking left or right, but the timing is really crucial and intelligently designed. I found myself distracted with the game for much longer than expected.

The Kung Fury movie is free on Youtube and Steam. The game is only $2. I highly recommend you checkout both because there is nothing else like. Subscribe to the Skilled Youtube channel for more game reviews.
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