Jun 072015

Kung Fury: Street Rage logoSo after the release of that crazy crowdfunded (and free of charge) movie [Kung Fury], there is also a game! Now that was fast. Made by the Swedish game developers of [Hello There], the game is basically a clone of [One Finger Death Punch], as many gamers have already pointed out. Not that anybody seems to mind that – me included. It’s a superficially very simple 2-button street fighting game, where one button means “punch/kick/whatever to the left” and the other “punch/kick/whatever to the right”. Don’t let the seeming simplicity fool you though. There is more skill involved than you might think…

So let’s have a look at the intro of the game, which strongly resembles an 80s arcade machine style:

Kung Fury: Street Rage; That's our Hero!

Kung Fury: Street Rage; That’s our Hero!

So with the use of some Direct3D 9.0c shaders, the game simulates the look of an old CRT monitor, just like the arcade machines of old had! At the press of a button or after waiting for a bit we’re greeted with this:

Kung Fury: Street Rage - Insert Coin

Insert Coin!

Another button press and we can hear our virtual player throwing a coin into the machine, which gives us three lives (after being hit three times, we’d go down for good). And then, whenever any enemy approaches us from either side, you just press left or right to punch, kick, shoot or electrify the guy. It’s ok, they’re all Nazis anyway. We do this with our pals Barbarianna, Triceracop and Hackerman standing around in the background – all three as seen in the movie of course, just like all the enemies we’re beating up:

Kung Fury: Street Rage; Beat 'em up!

There are splatter effects even!

That screenshot is from the very beginning of the game, where we can only see our lowest-end Nazi foes. There are some Swedish Aryans too, which can take two hits, then that clone chick with Kung Fury essence infused into her, which needs a more advanced left/right combo to put down, and more. Like the kicking machine and the mysterious Ninja, all as seen in the movie. As long as you don’t miss too much (you have limited range) or get hit, you’ll build up a score bonus too. Not sure if there are more enemies than that, I haven’t really gotten that far yet.

Actually, I did reach a new High Score while doing those screenshots accidentally, leaving both chicks behind me, pretty neat:

Kung Fury: Street Rage; New High Score!

A new High Score!

Now Thor might still be doable, but Hackerman will be one tough nut to crack. I don’t think I’ll ever make it to the top though, the game is pretty damn hard. As it progresses, it starts speeding up more and more, and it’ll also throw more of the harder enemies at you, which will require quick reaction and sharp perception to get the combos right. “Just mash two buttons” may sound easy as said, but don’t underestimate it! Like with “One Finger Death Punch”, only the most skillful players will have a chance to reach the top!

When you’ve got enough, just press <Esc> (on the PC), and you’re asked whether you really want to quit. In an interesting way:

Kung Fury: Street Rage; Quitting the game.

Quitting/bluescreening the game.

If you confirm to quit the game, you’ll get another shader-based CRT effect thrown in:

Kung Fury: Street Rage; Quitting the game

It’s shutting down…

I haven’t really managed to play this for more than 5 minutes in a row, which sounds like very little, but this game is extremely fast-paced, so I can’t take much more in one go. ;) It’s quite a lot of fun though, and while not as sophisticated as “One Finger Death Punch”, it’s awesome in its own right, given the Kung Fury cheesiness, the CRT look and the chiptune-like soundtrack of the game.

The game is available in both paid and partially also free editions on several platforms now, and while I’ve read that the free versions do have ads, the paid ones definitely don’t, as I can vouch for on the PC platform at least. So here are the links:

  • [PC version] @ Steam for 1.99€ / $2.50. Supports >=Windows XP, >=MacOS X 10.6 and SteamOS plus regular Linux on x86_32/x86_64.
  • [PC+ARM version] @ Windows Store for $2.29. Supports Windows >=8.0 on x86_32/x86_64 and ARM architectures.
  • [Android version] @ Google Play for free or for 2.46€ with ads removed. Also available as a [separate APK file]. Supports Android >=2.0.1.
  • [iOS version] @ iTunes for free or for $1.99 with ads removed. Supports iOS >=6.0 on the iPhone 5/6, iPad and iPod Touch.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll take another shot at number 3! :)

May 292015

Kung Fury logoWell, I’m not gonna say too much, and yeah, I’m a day late, but I’m just gonna say: Kung Fury is out! If you’re reading this, you’ll probably already know it and you’ve probably already seen this over the top crazy 80s trash anyway, but just in case you haven’t, you can [watch it directly on YouTube], where the guys have released the 30 minute official version for free, or right here, embedded for your viewing pleasure!

I do recommend having at least one beer before starting with this though! ;) Here you go:

The official 30min Kung Fury release!
Apr 182015

The Hoff - True Survivor (Kung Fury)Think about David Hasselhoff what you will, but one thing’s fore sure: He’s definitely an icon of the 80s of the past millennium, there’s no denying that. And now he’s really pulled one off, as he did the official intro song for the crowd funded movie “Kung Fury“, that set sail to collect all the 80s charm and weave it into a crazy action comedy of yet unseen proportions. Let’s give you a few buzz words right there: Cops, Kung Fu, hacking time itself, Kung Führer (yes, Hitler), ancient female viking warriors with guns, dinosaurs, evil robots. That’s enough for now I’m guessing.

The thing here is, that it’s not just the Hoff making some PR for Kung Fury – though it’ll most definitely work quite well in that regard – the song is actually catchy and surprisingly good, capturing the very soul of the 80s perfectly!

"True Survivor" single cover

“True Survivor (from Kung Fury)” single cover (click to enlarge)

Now, before I show you the music video, you should probably take a look at the official Kung Fury web site or maybe [here] first, to read about what Kung Fury is supposed to be, and to watch the official trailer. Whet that’s done, take a look at the madness The Hoff has created here, together with a lot of scenes from the actual movie:

As of 2015-04-18, 11:00 UTC+1 DST, this video has had about 2.1 million views on YouTube, having been online for roughly 2 days. Never doubt The Hoff!

Now if you want fun, and over-the-top 80s cheesiness, you’ll love this piece of trash (I just went ahead and bought the song, and I rarely do that), and you should probably go watch Kung Fury in any way you can when it’s being released next month! It will even come as a free download, heh, talk about awesome!



Dec 292013

Kung Fury logoOk, here is another crazy Kickstarter project I just have to show you! I was already raving about that super-cheesy 80’s hommage game called [Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon], and here comes another blast back to the past, this time in the form of an independently produced movie. Here’s a synopsis: Kung Fury, Kung Fu renegade ex-cop, who just blew up an entire city block – you can tell this happens quite regularly – has to face the greatest Kung Fu master of all time (ok, hold on to something really tightly!) – Adolf Hitler a.k.a. Kung Führer!

Not without his 80’s hacker friend of course, who “hacks him back in time” to get him to the Kung Fu dictator using his cool computers with tiny CRTs and some time hacking glove with game pad buttons! Needless to say this goes terribly wrong and the man gets transferred way back in time, far too far, where he meets a viking warrior girl. Who has got an Uzi. Because this shit is super historically accurate! Asked for help by Kung Fury, she summons a super sized Thor, god of thunder, to come to their aid! (Let’s keep that accuracy in mind!)

Oh, and did I mention the dinosaurs? Yeah, they are riding on a dinosaur. Well, what can I say? Before I’m giving you the trailer and some more in-depth information, here are a few screen shots from the low-res trailer we currently have:

So as you can see: Tons of high quality shit going on right there! David Sandberg from Umeå, Sweden, mostly a music video and commercials director presents his very first own project here, Kung Fury. The guy has quite some experience in visual effects, directing and post production in general, and he is also writing the ultra-crazy story script for this flick. Currently, most of the filming is complete for  a 30 minute version of the movie, and the only thing missing is enough money to actually get it done. For that, the corresponding [Kickstarter campaign] has already risen more than the necessary $200.000.

The next goal would be $1.000.000, which would be enough to rewrite the script and extend the whole thing to make it a full-featured film. If that cannot be reached, the 30 minute version will still get released on the Internet for free! Yeah, that’s right, for free and for everybody to watch. I still pledged my $20 because I want a high quality digital 1080p version of this shit when it’s done, especially now that Postal 2 is obviously not going to happen any time soon. Pledging $30 gives you a few lower tier boni plus a full Blu-Ray which seems fair enough to me. Just didn’t do that because I don’t know if it’ll work fine outside the USA, with shipping, customs and all.

Oh and yeah, you will definitely (yeah, riiight) want to see the official trailer in motion, no? ;) So here you go, HTML5-capable too:

Now either you hate it or you love it, so if you hate it I suggest lobotomy or hitting your head on the table 117 times, and if you love it afterwards, [go support the crap]! If it’s really making that $1 million, I’m going to shit myself!