Less than 150 games needed to reach our MobyGoal of 1,500 documented arcade titles!

Karateka

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
60
...
iPad
68
...
Windows
...
...
Not an American user?

Description

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.

Screenshots

Karateka Windows Cut-scene introducing the third suitor: the Brute.
Karateka Windows … and then the Monk takes his place. He has a flashier fighting style and more hitpoints which also slowly regenerate.
Karateka Windows … opens a window for a counter-attack …
Karateka Windows The story is quite straightforward.

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.


The Press Says

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
Digital Chumps PlayStation 3 Dec 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
GameZebo iPhone Dec 26, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
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
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
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

Forums

There are currently no topics for this game.


Trivia

There is no trivia on file for this game.


Contributed to by plumifrons (95)