Kick Master is a side-scrolling action game featuring RPG elements. It was developed by KID, a contract developer best known in the NES era for games like Burai Fighter and Low-G Man. Kick Master features a martial artist, Thonolan, who fights unarmed but occasionally uses magic alongside his powerful kicks. As the game continues, Thonolan earns experience and acquires stronger attacks and spells.
Kick Master was released exclusively in North America.
The Land of Lowrel is in Chaos as the wicked witch Belzed has finally made her move to take over the land. The King and Queen are slain and the last remaining heir, Princess Silphee, has been kidnapped. Belzed's minions and monsters have destroyed everything in their path, including all but one of the King's Knights, Macren. He and is younger brother Thonolan, a martial artist, begin the long journey to the witch's castle only to be struck by an early tragedy. Macren, having suffered a mortal wound from a skeleton soldier, pleads with Thonolan to continue in their quest, for he is the last hope for Lowrel and the only man able to stop the world from falling into chaos.
The player controls the martial artist Thonolan, the younger brother of one of the King's knights in his quest to take down the evil witch Belzed. The camera movement is simple left/right side scrolling, with the "B" button used for jumping and the "A" button reserved for attacks. Using his feet where others with swords have failed, Thonolan earns experience throughout the game which allows the player to upgrade his kicks; from a simple straight kick, to a powerful roundhouse and eventually to kicks so extreme no monster is able to block his way.