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Description

International Karate + (IK+) is a simple side-on beat 'em up. 3 characters appear on the screen - either 1 player and 2 AI, or 2 player and 1 AI - and proceed to kick seven bells out of each other via various karate moves.

Each of the moves scores a different number of points and if you come last in a particular round you are eliminated.

There are some sub-games too, involving your karate-master holding a shield and defending himself against bouncing balls from both directions, and kicking bombs off the screen before they explode.

All in the pursuit of that elusive black belt...

Screenshots

Chop N' Drop Commodore 64 The top 30 scores.
Chop N' Drop Atari ST Second title screen
Chop N' Drop PlayStation 1000 points for the headbutt
Chop N' Drop Amstrad CPC Here come the balls

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Alternate Titles

  • "International Karate +" -- European title
  • "IK+" -- Game Boy Advance title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Fast and furious beat em up action Amiga Neepie Lantern (480)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1988 93 out of 100 93
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 93 out of 100 93
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jul 28, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1989 722 out of 1000 72
Pixel-Heroes.de Game Boy Advance Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Mar, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Games Amiga CD32 Apr, 1994 41 out of 100 41

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
IK+ backflip from movie Grease, here's proof 3 chirinea (36662)
Feb 16, 2015

Trivia

1001 Video Games

International Karate + appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Atari ST version of IK+

As Archer Maclean was not impressed with Andromeda's Atari ST conversion of International Karate, he decided to do it by himself - although never worked on the ST before (source: The One issue #1, 1988/10).

Cover

The 1990 release on the Hit Squad budget label has new cover art, depicting popular action movie stars/martial artists of the time. Recognizable are Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Development

  • Many sound effects (e.g., the whining when someone's struck down) are sampled from the 1973 martial arts movie Enter the Dragon, featuring Bruce Lee.
  • The backflip animation was based on the fairground scene at the end of the movie Grease, where one of the background dancers performs a backflip. Archer Maclean placed cellophane over the TV, drew the dancer outline frame-by-frame (using a special video-recorder) and then put the result over a computer screen to recreate each image in pixels.

Sales

This was the biggest selling reissue on the Hit Squad label ever. Considering that their range included, to name but a few off the top of my head: Rainbow Islands, Bubble Bobble, Power Drift, Batman: The Movie, Head Over Heels (including the initial release of the Amiga/ST port) and New Zealand Story, this says something about the game's popularity.

Trouser Move

Tapping the "T" key makes everyone's trousers fall down. Just goes to show that a black belt is only for display...

This move was so popular that, when the Amiga version was ported to the CD32 console in 1994, one of the controller's buttons was used to activate it. In Ignition's 2003 PlayStation port, it was also included. It can be activated with the Select button. This was also included on the Game Boy Advance version, also by Ignition, and is activated with the Select button as well.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #60 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #7 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 16-Bit Soundtrack (reader's vote)
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