Atari A to Z: Bruce Lee

My retro gaming side project delving back into the Atari 8-Bit computers’ extensive catalogue of games continues with this title from Datasoft.

Bruce Lee was an interesting game that included elements of the beat ’em up, platform game and action adventure genres, creating an altogether unique experience at the time that is still fondly regarded today.

I have very fond memories of this game, despite not being all that good at it when I was a kid. Rather than it being fast, chaotic action, it actually rewards somewhat strategic play; taking your time getting through the screens is usually your best bet, and defeating the enemies is also a case of waiting for a good opening to attack them rather than flailing wildly.

The game was developed as an Atari 8-Bit title originally before being ported to a number of other platforms, including Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and MSX. The Atari version is obviously the best, of course, not that I’m biased at all in this regard.

3 thoughts on “Atari A to Z: Bruce Lee”

  1. This was an AMAZING game! My brother and I used to play it cooperatively to complete it… with the occasional punch on when we were bored. Getting all the lanterns was key to success. 🙂

    I think the trick to fights was to make sure you were the first to do the flying kick before the other player (or computer). Whoever did so always got the hit. No sure if this one is right or not but if you move to another screen your health resets so that you can go back and take the extra hits.

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