Critic Score User Score
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Not an American user?


Karateka is a reboot of the 80s title Karateka with the original creator Jordan Mechner at the helm. The new Karateka is more than just a high-resolution update of the original, featuring new (if broadly similar) gameplay mechanics and the same emphasis on non-verbal cinematic storytelling, except with much more advanced graphics and sound.

The game follows three protagonists in their simple quest to save Princess Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma in a feudal Japanese setting. It is a linear, rhythm-based brawler in which the player takes on a succession of increasingly difficult enemies and mini-bosses until meeting Akuma himself. The entire game takes roughly half an hour to complete and uses a unique twist on the concepts of game difficulty and "lives" – the player starts with the relatively weak True Love character, and if he fails, the next protagonist (the Monk, and after him the Brute) comes up to continue where the previous fighter left off. While defeating Akuma with the tough Brute is not particularly challenging, it takes a true karateka (and a considerable number of replays) to save Mariko with the man of her dreams.


Karateka Windows Politeness is everything: the True Love bows to his first opponent (bowing is entirely optional, yet has a dedicated button).
Karateka Windows … and eventual victory.
Karateka Windows Cut-scene introducing the third suitor: the Brute.
Karateka Windows … opens a window for a counter-attack …

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Critic Reviews

Touch Arcade iPhone Dec 19, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
148apps iPad Jan 03, 2013 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Touch Arcade iPad Dec 19, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Nov 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameZebo iPad Dec 26, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Multiplayer.it Xbox 360 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Joystiq Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2012 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Eurogamer.de Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Pocket Gamer UK iPad Dec 24, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Nov 16, 2012 D 25


There are currently no topics for this game.


There is no trivia on file for this game.

Contributed to by plumifrons (95)