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Description

The objective of World Karate Championship is to get the highest possible dan (karate grade, determined by belt colour) and become the world champion - and of course, to get the highest score. Karate fighters compete against each other on side-view screens, the scenery representing real world locations (New York, Egypt, Japan, etc.). In between the fighting stages, there are short action sequences, during which the player can gather bonus points. These include deflecting bouncing balls, breaking wooden planks, and others.

Screenshots

World Karate Championship Commodore 64 New York stage
World Karate Championship ZX Spectrum Main menu
World Karate Championship DOS The white player is knocked out
World Karate Championship PC Booter Two players fighting in London

Promo Images

World Karate Championship Screenshot For Atari ST.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For Atari ST.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For Amstrad CPC.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For ZX Spectrum.

Alternate Titles

  • "International Karate" -- European title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

One of the best fighting games ever to grace the PC. PC Booter Mickey Gabel (379)
A great classic! PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4642)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 91 out of 100 91
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Sep, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 84 out of 100 84
ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit Mar, 1987 2 out of 6 80
64'er Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 12 out of 15 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 7.75 out of 10 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 Atari ST 1987 52 out of 100 52

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (181375)
Mar 31, 2010

Trivia

Bug

The C16 version has a bug which prevents finishing the game in one player mode.

Lawsuit

System 3 faced a lengthy court battle with arcade publishers Data East, who claimed System 3 had ripped off their game Karate Champ with International Karate. It also used the same forward kicking (street) karate style. The game also looked a lot like The Way of the Exploding Fist, but they weren't sued for that.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2013 – One of the "Ten Best C64 Games“
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Sports Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #15 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

Contributed to by Kabushi (202540), Martin Smith (66858), gamewarrior (5111), faceless (445), Servo (57413), koffiepad (10541), RodeoInTheGreatWhiteNorth (120) and Yearman (23334)