The release of Kickstarter-funded media sensation Kung Fury has spurred a gloriously enthusiastic response online. The over-the-top neon 80s-themed movie gives you everything you could ever want, from martial arts to Nazis to laser dinosaurs, developing its very own cult following even before the full feature launched online. News of the movie, the brainchild of writer and director David Sandberg, circulated quickly, making it a smash hit almost overnight, with many good humored fans calling it “the greatest film ever made.”
But now, Kung Fury reveals it’s got a little more to offer with the video game Kung Fury: Street Rage.
Much to the same tone as the 30 minute movie, Kung Fury: Street Rage is designed to throw you back into a deep sense of nostalgia, but this time of the classic arcade-style game. The side-scrolling beat-em-up offers only two methods of attack to take on the hoards of enemies rushing you from both sides — left attack and right attack. What your arsenal of moves lacks in numbers, it certainly makes up for in extreme coolness, as you’re able to use perfect timing to string together killer combos to protect you from its three-strike system. On top of this, the art style of the game attempts to recreate the aesthetic of the dusty, lo-fi arcade screen of the 1980s gaming era, and it does so beautifully.
The simplicity of the title allows gamers to revel in its purity, an increasingly rare trait for an industry attempting to grow, expand, and overfill many titles in pursuit of the next viral hit. Almost effortlessly, Kung Fury achieved what many big name developers desperately seek, and it did it so with 30 minutes, a relatively small, crowd-funded budget of only $630,000, and one clear vision of creating the greatest homage to 80s cop movies ever devised.
On top of this incredible design and gameplay style, Kung Fury: Street Rage quickly won fan favor with an overall rating of ‘Very Positive’ on Steam where the game is described as “arcade style beam’ up Nazi fights” with “stereo sound music inspired by up ‘n’ coming hit artist David Hasselhoff,” “state of the art true color graphics,” and “even more Nazi enemies to beat!”
Kung Fury: Street Rage is available for purchase on Steam now for only $1.99 (£1.59) or downloadable for free on the iOS app store and Android’s Google Play.