Hong Kong Phooey

Author: Nick Roberts
Publisher: Hi-Tec
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K/+2/+3

Published in Crash #79

Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy, Hong Kong Phooey, faster than a human eye... I think that's how it goes, but I'll have to hear it on a Maxell (ha, ha!). Yeh, one of my all time favourite cartoon characters has got his own game. I loved ol' Phooey when he was on the box, I used to come home from school, sit down with my cup of tea and watch it (aah, fond memories). Now you all can come home and play it!

To tell you the truth I was slightly disappointed when I first played this, I was expecting that catchy tune to strike up when it finished loading, but alas, I had to hum it myself.

Hong Kong Phooey is famous for his 'Hong Kong book of Kung Fu' and swotting up on the book is essential to complete the game battle through hordes of nasty blokes using the Hong Kong Phooey Chop!. And really, that's it! So, after a while, you may find it all repetitive. Sprites and backgrounds are well drawn and animated, but the game is let down on colour and sound. All you get is the yucky yellow monochome and the odd splurge effect. Graphics on the status panel at screen bottom are a little better with big pictures of Mr Phooey in his various guises.

Hong Kong Phooey is an enjoyable romp - especially if you're a fan of the cartoon (or just a mild mannered janitor).

Nick Roberts

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