• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
FREE STUFF
Competitions Free iOS Games iOS Price Drops
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
iPhone  header logo

 IPHONE NEWS

Apple II brawler Karateka gets remade on iOS, will hit the App Store at midnight

I know Karateka

Product: Karateka (a.k.a. Karateka Classic) | Developer: Liquid Entertainment | Publisher: Karateka LLC | Genre: Action, Fighting, Music/ Rhythm
For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad
 
Karateka (a.k.a. Karateka Classic) iPhone, thumbnail 1
Jordan Mechner is perhaps best known for creating Prince of Persia. That wasn't, however, his first game.

Five years before Prince of Persia was released, Mechner published a fondly remembered Apple II beat-'em-up called Karateka.

Earlier this year, Mechner (and developer Liquid Entertainment) completely remade the game for consoles. Now, that HD reboot is available on iOS.

YOLO

This new version has a clever way of dealing with difficulty. Remember: in the original Karateka, you had just one life, and if you lost a bout, you'd be sent back to the start of the game.

In this new edition, you have three lives, personified as three different characters. If the first hero falls in battle, he'll be replaced with the Monk, and then with the Brute.

Anyone can beat the game as the Brute, but you'll get a crap final cutscene if you do. To get the 'proper' ending, you need to keep the first hero - Mariko's true love - alive in every fight.

Karateka

The game's also got lush new graphics from The Batman artist Jeff Matsuda, and a dynamic score from Civilization IV composer Christopher Tin.

The combat is all rhythm based, and you'll fight using different touchscreen taps and gestures.



Whether you wasted your youth on an Apple II computer or you hadn't heard of Karateka until this very second, it's something to check out.

The game will hit the App Store at about midnight. You'll need an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPod touch, fifth-generation iPod touch, or any iPad to play it.

It'll cost you £1.99 / $2.99.
 

Reviewer photo
Mark Brown 19 December 2012
Have your say! Related stories  
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
 
POPULAR STORIES
LATEST COMMENTS LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS VIDEO REVIEWS