Karateka

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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 The True Love climbs up the cliff, just like he did all those years ago.
Karateka Windows … and then the Monk takes his place. He has a flashier fighting style and more hitpoints which also slowly regenerate.
Karateka Windows But sometimes the True Love fails …
Karateka Windows Short cut-scene: Mariko watches as Akuma sends out the minibosses.

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Touch Arcade iPhone Dec 19, 2012 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
GameZebo iPad Dec 26, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Meristation Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 Nov 07, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Vandal Online Xbox 360 Nov 11, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.it Windows Jan 07, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Dec 24, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Gaming Age PlayStation 3 Nov 16, 2012 D 25
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Nov 16, 2012 D 25

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