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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.


World Karate Championship Atari 8-bit Scenery 3 - Brazil
World Karate Championship DOS Title screen
World Karate Championship PC Booter Early knock-out!
World Karate Championship Atari ST White player attacking...

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "International Karate" -- European title

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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 (4644)

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
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 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) Atari ST Apr, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Génération 4 Atari ST 1987 52 out of 100 52
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play DOS Aug, 1989 36 out of 100 36


Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (181363)
Mar 31, 2010



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


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.


  • 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)

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