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  • Publisher: DotEmu
  • Genre: Family
  • Device: Universal
  • Size: 644.0 MB
  • Version: 1.02
  • Price: $1.99
  • Average User Rating: 3.7 (3)
App description: *IMPORTANT* Karateka requires iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, or 5th-gen iPod Touch. "Instantly, addictively fun" -MacLife

Karateka will charm you with its classic love story set in feudal Japan. Fight to save the lovely Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma and reunite her with her True Love!

"For those who remember the original, the new Karateka must not be missed. And to those with no prior knowledge: you have an excellent, new experience in store." -Touch Arcade (4.5 stars)

"With a stunning makeover and simplistic but compelling action, this terrific update brings Karateka into the 21st century in style." -Cnet



From PRINCE OF PERSIA creator Jordan Mechner, the original side-scrolling karate classic comes to new life on iPad and iPhone with art by Jeff Matsuda (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV).


Easy to grasp yet challenging to master, the rhythm-based karate combat tells a simple human story. Three suitors vie to save Mariko: A fearsome Brute, a noble Monk, and her brave True Love.


"A brilliant life system that delivers variety in the gameplay as well as incredible replay value; you won't want to stop playing until you rescue Mariko as her True Love and see the storybook ending." - Touch Arcade


"Fun for those of us who played the original on an Apple II, Commodore 64, or even an NES, but younger gamers will still appreciate the unique style and easy-to-learn gameplay." -ArsTechnica

"Karateka is widely considered to be one of the greatest 8-bit home computer games ever created. It wasn't a game so much as a living story that you, the player, were a part of... The new Karateka legitimately feels like it might be what Mechner's original idea would have been, if then were now." - Touch Arcade

*IMPORTANT* Karateka requires iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, or iPod Touch (5th generation). Karateka does NOT support earlier devices such as iPad 1, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS.

Echoseven's comments:

12-19-2012, 06:26 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,399
Instabuy... seems like GOTW material!

12-19-2012, 06:28 AM
Wow! Karateka was one of my favourite games!

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12-19-2012, 06:31 AM
The trailer sold me this game.

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12-19-2012, 06:32 AM
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis, USA
Posts: 3,654
Hadn't heard of this one coming out, but Karateka was definitely one of my fave C64 games, and this looks.. wow.
12-19-2012, 06:57 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: NYC/CT...USA
Posts: 946
Sweet! Karateka to me was a dark and emotive game to me for some reason...It feels like a major change of pace ...but that isn't a bad thing...game looks amazingly fun and can't wait to blow my cash on this...I was hoping for the vita version to come last nite but this may actually seem like a great iPad game...

Wow bigger filesize than RS and FF4 lol

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12-19-2012, 07:01 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: World, now Belgium
Posts: 3,031
the trailer sold it to me!!! but maybe I will get it for PS3 this one

12-19-2012, 07:17 AM
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Earth
Posts: 1,408
Originally Posted by Drakeer Melkhor View Post
The trailer sold me this game.
Yeah, awesome trailer! But what's with the ultra-lame app description write-up?

This might just be the only game I snag besides Anomaly Korea this week!
12-19-2012, 07:50 AM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 706
Looks good. So much time wasted playing original in 1st grade "computer class".
12-19-2012, 07:55 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 5,772
Karateka only runs on these devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, the new iPad, and the mini-iPad. NO iPhone 4 or Touch4