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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.

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Karateka Windows All minions dispatched, only Akuma now stands between the Brute and Mariko.
Karateka Windows … whom you have to face every once in a while.
Karateka Windows The True Love badly times his block; the mini-boss wins this round.
Karateka Windows Akuma and his trusty hawk …

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148apps iPad Jan 03, 2013 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 Nov 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Nov 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 19, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
App Spy iPhone Jan 16, 2013 3 out of 5 60
Metro.co.uk Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Slide to Play iPad Jan 02, 2013 2 out of 4 50
Pocket Gamer UK iPad Dec 24, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Nov 16, 2012 D 25
Gaming Age PlayStation 3 Nov 16, 2012 D 25

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