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Yet another entrant in Techtite's list of Top 50 Multimedia Classics, this was made by game designer Jordan "Prince of Persia" Mechner. Unlike most 2D scrollers that came after it, the storyline was gripping, and kept you playing right until the heroic finale, regardless of AI that was quite dated in 1984 (even kicking the mere legs of opponents will lead in eventual knockouts, of nearly all villains). Amusing moments include battles with the villain's pet bird, who attacks you from the air, leading to a whole different battle approach. After defeating the final villain, run to your beloved, for astonishingly excellent victory music (even on my Apple //e!), and a cheerful epilogue. One amusing added touch: if you jovially approach your beloved in battle mode, she will jovially, and promptly, kick your butt! Little details like this make this one of the most classic of classic action games, of all time.
Das Besondere an „Karateka“ ist die fantastische Animation der Kampfszenen. Sie sind nur mit Mühe von einem Zeichentrickfilm zu unterscheiden. „Karateka“ ist das richtige Spiel für alle, die sich außer für Sportspiele auch für exzellente Grafik begeistern.