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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 Atari ST White player has been knocked out! Red wins!
World Karate Championship Amstrad CPC High scores
World Karate Championship PC Booter Title screen
World Karate Championship DOS Bonus round; break through these wood planks with your head!

Promo Images

World Karate Championship Other Cover (general).
World Karate Championship Screenshot For Atari ST.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For ZX Spectrum.
World Karate Championship Other Header.

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

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 84 out of 100 84
64'er Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 12 out of 15 80
ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit Mar, 1987 2 out of 6 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 7.75 out of 10 78
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Mar 28, 2008 7 out of 10 70
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

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (174076)
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 (177198), Martin Smith (62806), gamewarrior (5060), faceless (385), Servo (55768), koffiepad (9942), RodeoInTheGreatWhiteNorth (111) and Yearman (20228)