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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 PC Booter Two players fighting in London
World Karate Championship PC Booter The main menu
World Karate Championship PC Booter Bonus round; watch out for that spear being thrown at you!
World Karate Championship PC Booter White prepares to attack in Egypt

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "International Karate" -- European title

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One of the best fighting games ever to grace the PC. Mickey Gabel (379) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A great classic! Tomer Gabel (4643) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

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Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (181695)
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)

faceless (444) added World Karate Championship (PC Booter) on Dec 16, 1999
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