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  • Summary: Jordan Mechner returns to game development for the first time since Prince of Persia: Sands of Time with a downloadable remake of his Apple II action hit from 1984.


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  1. Nov 13, 2012
    Karateka steps beyond its simplistic gameplay with exceptional production values.
  2. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 20, 2012
    It's disappointing at first, but after the initial shock, Karateka turns out to be fun and surprisingly addictive. [Holiday 2012, p.73]
  3. Dec 20, 2012
    It's easy to admire and fun to play - for a fleeting thirty minutes. Subjective intangibles make the most of its run time, but a scattered definition of value makes Karateka a tough call for the uninformed or uninterested.
  4. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Mar 14, 2013
    This remake of the 1984 Karateka game revolves around a simple concept: block an enemy's karate chop and dish out some of your own. Looks fun and is fun, but also way too simple. Bummer. [March 2013, p.88]
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  1. Feb 2, 2013
    Karateka is a straightforward fighting game that uses a time based attack/counter/block system which is unlike anything I have played before.Karateka is a straightforward fighting game that uses a time based attack/counter/block system which is unlike anything I have played before. It is a 2d/3d hybrid with gorgeous graphics, beautiful music, and an endearing cast of characters that play out a very simple story. There are no vocals, and only three playable characters that you play as. When you are defeated in battle then you play as another character and resume with the story (i.e. three warriors set out to save a princess and when one fails then the next one steps in to replace him). It is a single player game without any modes (similar to streets of rage). In short, its a decent game that lasts about 30 minutes and the only reason to replay it is to see if you can beat your previous time and unlock the overly easy trophies (ps3). Not much depth, very linear, no choice in playable characters, no multiplayer, no DLC, and no talking. Still, I liked it but its not gonna impress the 14 year olds who spend their time cussing with voicechat while playing this weeks version of Call of Duty. grown up gamers will enjoy it. Expand