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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 … and then the Monk takes his place. He has a flashier fighting style and more hitpoints which also slowly regenerate.
Karateka Windows All minions dispatched, only Akuma now stands between the Brute and Mariko.
Karateka Windows A correctly timed block …
Karateka Windows The True Love badly times his block; the mini-boss wins this round.

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Touch Arcade iPad 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 iPhone Dec 19, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Nov 09, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Multiplayer.it Xbox 360 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 Nov 07, 2012 6 out of 10 60
App Spy iPhone Jan 16, 2013 3 out of 5 60
Joystiq Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2012 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Slide to Play iPad Jan 02, 2013 2 out of 4 50
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Nov 16, 2012 D 25

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