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Sunday, December 04, 2005
Originally a short film, Rag Doll Kung Fu is an interesting little side project by Mark Healey, a designer and artist at Lionhead. A complete game based on the movie was built, and the reel ended up as cutscenes in the final product.

The story begins with Hajimi's training, which is also the section where the basics of the game can be learnt. Character movement is achieved by left clicking and dragging the mouse. Chi power can be charged by making circular motions with your cursor, which can be used to unleash stronger attack moves.

Meditate to recover health should you find yourself badly injured. By getting your character in the correct pose, you can activate special skills such as launching fireballs or shooting lightning bolts from your fingers. The bad guys, especially those pesky ninjas, cheat quite often so you'll need all the help you can get.

Weapons such as nunchuks, katanas, and throwing stars can be found in most levels. There are plenty of unlockables waiting to be discovered and advance techniques to learn just by experimenting. Currently no demo is available, but in-game trailers can be downloaded from the site.

Name: Rag Doll Kung Fu
Developer: Mark Healey
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 300MB