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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 DOS Blue player executes a flying attack!
World Karate Championship Atari 8-bit Instructions
World Karate Championship ZX Spectrum On tape side 2, you start in Egypt
World Karate Championship PC Booter White player knocked out

Promo Images

World Karate Championship Screenshot For Amstrad CPC.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For C64.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For ZX Spectrum.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For Atari ST.

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 (358)
A great classic! PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4351)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Sep, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 84 out of 100 84
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
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 29, 2008 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 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
Power Play DOS Aug, 1989 36 out of 100 36
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Dec, 1986 3 out of 10 30

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (174059)
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 (179592), Martin Smith (62786), gamewarrior (5060), faceless (385), Servo (55768), koffiepad (9939), RodeoInTheGreatWhiteNorth (111) and Yearman (21177)