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Video Game / Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee is a classic platform game, originally released in 1984 by Datasoft for the Atari 8-bit computers and the Commodore 64, later ported to various other platforms. It stars (unsurprisingly) Bruce Lee himself, who must find "infinite wealth and the secret of immortality" in the fortress of a powerful wizard—who, as you've probably guessed, doesn't take kindly to such visitors. The fortress is ripe with typical platform game hazards such as spikes, electric arcs and exploding bushes. However, Bruce must also contend with two enemies, who keep respawning no matter how many times they're vanquished: a nameless black ninja, and a hulking sumo warrior named Yamo.


Apart from a hotseat two-player mode, there's also a mode in which one of the players controls Yamo and fights against Bruce Lee.

This game contains the following tropes:

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Yamo the sumo warrior has green skin, and is explicitly referred to as "Green Yamo" in the original Atari manual.
  • Background Boss: The wizard is a giant of a man who sits in the background and fires projectiles at Bruce.
  • Flip-Screen Scrolling
  • Goomba Stomp: You can land on top of an enemy to deal them damage. However, they can do the same to you.
  • MacGuffin: Bruce supposedly enters the fortress in search of the "infinite wealth and the secret of immortality".
  • Ninja: One of the two mooks is a ninja in black garb.
  • Player Nudge: After a hard-to-notice passage opens in one of the starting screens, the statue nearby begins moving its mouth, drawing the player's attention.
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  • Protagonist Title
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: Yamo and the ninja can end up accidentally damaging each other with their blows.
  • Spikes of Doom: As typical in platform games, touching the spikes means instant death.
  • Sumo Wrestling: Yamo. Don't expect him to use actual wrestling techniques, though.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: The ninja fights with a bokken, according to the manual.


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