I understand that Melbourne House now want to build themselves a reputation for arcade games that's as good as their reputation for adventures. If Exploding Fist is typical of the standard of the arcade games they've gOt lined up, then they're not going to have any problems at all on that score.
Exploding Fist pits you and your martial arts skills against the computer or a second player, as you attempt to progress from bumble novice (<CAh so, Grasshopper") to computerised Bruce Lee (or even Miss Piggy - hai-yal),
To achieve this you must gain mastery over the mysteries of the 18 joystick controlled movements, whicb include a wide range of kicks, punches and defensive movements. My own personal favourite manoeuvre is the graceful somersault, followed by a boot in the face - violence with a touoh of class, JUSt my style. Of course, your opponent has just as many moves that he can make (both figures are male I'm afraid, there are no optional Emma Peel figures that can be used by female players), and he isn't above landing a few elegant haymakers himself.
The graphics are excellent, clear and smoothly animated, and there's a satisfying crunch emitted whenever you make contact. There are also some nice touches, such as the rather smug way in which your opponent straightens his jacket after stomping you into the ground.
Mastering all the available movements will take some time, so there's a lot of enjoyable playing time to be had.
Ah so, Grasshopper.