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Kung Fu Fighting is a fast-paced card game of cinematic martial arts.
The components are of decent quality but the cardstock could be a little better. The components are 6 player cards used for tracking Chi, weapon, and stance, 6 glass beads, and a deck of cards with various martial arts moves and conventions.
The game plays fast and quickly with a slight tendency to attack the wounded (depending on your group). The basic goal of the game is to be the last person standing by reducing all your opponents to 0 chi.
This is accomplished by attacking them. On your turn, you may make one attack against one player (special cards may allow multiple attacks). The attack can have a number of modifiers (like spinning, running up the wall, flying, etc – all things one might see in a martial arts movie.
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Although linguistic skills don’t affect victory in the game, being able to tell a good story about the cards and combinations you’re using can greatly enhance the fun of the game.
There is a lot of fairly simple math in the game – adding small numbers and in some cases multiplying by two. Being able to add and subtract makes the game go much faster. Logical thinkers may question the use of modifiers (particularly combinations of modifiers) because they don’t seem logical.
As with linguistic skills, being able to visualize the action makes it more fun but has little impact on the overall game. Some spatial thinkers may have trouble with putting together the various pieces: “How can you flying, spinning, fast, off the wall punch me?”
The focus of the game is active martial arts which may appeal to the body smart gamers at the table.
Because of the tendency to pick on weaker players negotiating skills can be very useful.
As with nearly all games, recognizing that people are trying to win the game not attacking you is helpful. A bit of self-awareness can really help with this mechanic.
The game is appropriate for all ages although younger children may need some help with the math.
This is a fun game for kids and adults. It is usually better if the players have at least some familiarity with martial arts movies but it is definitely fun even without that background.
- Last edited Fri May 5, 2006 4:53 am (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:12 pm