Human Killing Machine

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Human Killing Machine
Human killing machine cover.jpg
Developer(s) Tiertex
Publisher(s) U.S. Gold
Designer(s) Mark Haigh-Hutchinson
Composer(s) Mark Tait
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Amiga and Atari ST
Release date(s) March 1989
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Up to 2 players simultaneously
Display Raster, various resolutions/colors

Human Killing Machine, commonly abbreviated as HKM, is a 2D fighting game. The game was developed by Tiertex who hired external team Blue Turtle (Nick Pavis and Leigh Christian) to produce the graphics, and published by U.S. Gold, released in March 1989. It was touted as a sequel to Tiertex's home computer conversion of Street Fighter (as the two companies later did with Strider II). It was released on the 8 and 16-bit home computer formats.

Gameplay[edit]

The player must defeat computer controlled characters from around the world in round-based one-on-one combat. The game is based on the engine from each system's Street Fighter port, with the time limit removed, and an energy recovery system.

Characters[edit]

The following characters are featured in the game:

South Korea
Kwon (권): A martial artist hailing from Korea. He is the game's protagonist and the only character the player can control. He fights opponents from all over the world to become the world champion.
Soviet Union Igor (Игорь): A uniformed fighter from the Soviet Union. He carries a hunting rifle and uses it as a melee weapon.
Shepski: Igor's black dog.
Netherlands Maria: A blonde prostitute in a bikini from the Netherlands, the player fights her in De Wallen, the red light district of Amsterdam.
Helga: Same as Maria, although she is bigger and stronger and wears a dress.
Spain Miguel: A matador from Spain.
Brutus: A bull also hailing from Spain, possibly Miguel's "show partner".
Germany Franz: A waiter from Germany. He attacks the player by throwing wine bottles at him
Hans: Also from Germany. He sports a pair of lederhosen.
Lebanon Sagan: An Arab terrorist from Beirut. He dons a keffiyeh.
Merkeva (מרכבה): The final boss of the game, also a terrorist from Beirut. He is very tall and muscular and has a missile strapped to his back.

Reception[edit]

At the time of release, the ZX Spectrum version of the game was generally well received, scoring 9/10 for graphics in Your Sinclair,[1] who added "Possibly because of the memory used for the excellent background graphics and big - nay, hooge - sprites, the range of moves available in battle seemed relatively limited. It was, however, still fairly easy to beat opponents". The game scored 78% overall in Sinclair User,[2] who summed it up with "backgrounds are static, but detailed... main graphics are nicely animated with slick arm and leg movements - maybe the best I've seen in this sort of game. The graphics may even be slightly better [than Street Fighter]". The 73% review in Crash stated "The scenery's really beautiful and the large characters are well drawn and animated",[3] and thought it was "lacking in originality, but still very addictive".

Other versions did not fare as well. Zzap!64 said of the Commodore versions "repetitive with little skill involved", and gave the game 31%. Maff Evans, a secondary reviewer in the magazine said it was "an incredibly weak program and one of the worst fighting games I've ever seen".[4] Amstrad Action listed HKM and Street Fighter as "some of the most dreadful arcade conversions on the CPC".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Human Killing Machine". Ysrnry.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Adverts & Covers". STADIUM 64. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Amstrad Action Tribute Magazine". Issuu.com. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2012-03-23.