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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 Commodore 64 Egypt stage
World Karate Championship Commodore 64 Title Screen
World Karate Championship Commodore 64 New York stage
World Karate Championship Commodore 64 Syndey stage

Promo Images

World Karate Championship Screenshot For Atari ST.
World Karate Championship Screenshot For C64.
World Karate Championship Other Cover (general).
World Karate Championship Screenshot For ZX Spectrum.

Alternate Titles

  • "International Karate" -- European title

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Commodore 64 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Jun, 1986 91 out of 100 91
Happy Computer 1986 84 out of 100 84
64'er Sep, 1986 12 out of 15 80 Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (181564)
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)

Kabushi (248016) added World Karate Championship (Commodore 64) on Mar 24, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (70038), gamewarrior (5048), faceless (446), Servo (57410), koffiepad (10514), RodeoInTheGreatWhiteNorth (120) and Yearman (25024)