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Budokan: The Martial Spirit

Available Platform: Amiga

Budokan: The Martial Spirit is a martial arts fighting game developed and published by Electronic Arts in 1989 for the Amiga and DOS.


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PublisherElectronic Arts
DeveloperElectronic Arts
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated22 February 2021

Game Review

Budokan: The Martial Spirit is a martial arts fighting game developed and published by Electronic Arts in 1989 for the Amiga and DOS. Since its release, it has been ported to many other platforms.

Starting out, you are merely an apprentice and must gain skills before entering the Budokan. Your character trains in four dojos that offer different martial arts: Bo, Karate, Kendo, and Nunchaku. Once ready, you may enter the Budokan and compete in matches to claim the title. Unlike most fighting games where you throw as many moves as possible (button mash, if you will), there needs to be a strategy for your actions as they will drain your ki. Blocking your opponent’s blows will restore some ki, so balance is critical. It would be best if you also kept an eye on your stamina bar, as this determines the strength and speed of your movements.

The game strives for a realistic experience, and moves are kept within the realm of possibility. It is much more intricate than a traditional fighting game and truly lives up to its name. Martial arts enthusiasts will love the realism of this game, and fighting fans will enjoy the break from their usual beat-’em-up.

Review by: Maddie
Published: 27 April 2020 10:18 pm

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  • Maurizio Petta - 2022-07-03 - Reply

    Mmm ... The game, after all, is not bad. Various disciplines of mazial arts are implemented, this already makes it a particular game. However, the command system is truly a nightmare. For example, you cannot advance towards the opponent simply by walking, instead you have to ..... jump! This, however, without being able to launch any attack, while the rest of the game moves rather slowly, very slowly ..... TOO slowly !!! Too bad, because the idea of combining different martial arts disciplines in a single game was really interesting ...

  • Dr.Bundy - 2019-05-22 - Reply

    I remember playing this game so many years ago. I even recognized the great menu music, thats incredible. I agree this game is unique and has a great atmosphere. And yes, you need to gain skill firsr, understand the techniques and then you can fight. Buttons smashing will lead to loose, because KI is so important.