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World Karate Championship

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Atari ST
Atari 8-bit
Commodore 64
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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 DOS White won this time, but blue will be back!
World Karate Championship PC Booter Early knock-out!
World Karate Championship ZX Spectrum Doing a drop kick
World Karate Championship Atari ST Getting ready to fight in one of many different locations

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 (357)
A great classic! PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 84 out of 100 84
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 84 out of 100 84
64'er Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 12 out of 15 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 7 out of 10 70
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
Computer Gamer Commodore 16, Plus/4 Nov, 1986 12 out of 20 60
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 אולג 小奥 (169539)
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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