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Karate Champ

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
...
5.0
NES
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2.4
Apple II
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3.7
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Description

Karate Champ is an action fighting game for one or two players. The players compete against each other at nine different locations to see who has the best karate skills! To win a match, the player must win two of three rounds by knocking down his opponent with a wide variety of karate moves. A full point or half a point is awarded for knocking your opponent down and the first player to gain a two point lead wins the round. Should the 30 second time limit for a round end, the player who has the most points wins. At the end of each match is a bonus round where the victor can earn extra points by knocking down flying objects that are tossed his way.

Screenshots

Karate Champ Arcade Beginner.
Karate Champ Apple II Main menu / set game options
Karate Champ Arcade Ooof!
Karate Champ Arcade Knocked him back.

Alternate Titles

  • "空手道" -- Japanese Arcade title (Kanji spelling)
  • "Karate Dou" -- Japanese Arcade title
  • "カラテチャンプ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "からてどう" -- Japanese Arcade title (Hiragana spelling)

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User Reviews

A Pioneer: Before all the fighting games there was KARATE CHAMP! NES Oblio (109)
An instant classic! NES Da Pur Insanitee (33)

The Press Says

Modojo iPhone Jun 08, 2010 4 out of 5 80
App Spy iPhone May 24, 2010 4 out of 5 80
IGN Canada iPhone May 24, 2010 7.7 out of 10 77
Slide To Play iPhone May 25, 2010 3 out of 4 75
148apps iPhone May 25, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
HonestGamers NES Nov 02, 2003 1 out of 10 10
The Review Busters NES 2011 1 out of 10 10
The Video Game Critic NES Sep 16, 2001 F 0

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Karate Champ appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Lawsuit

Arcade publishers Data East sued System 3, claiming International Karate was a complete rip-off. It also used the same forward kicking (street) karate style.
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