30 years later, I worked with a small independent team to do a new take on Karateka for today's game platforms. Our goal was to tell a compact, dramatic human story within a simple game that players of all ages can enjoy.
In the new Karateka, three playable characters - the True Love, the Monk and the Brute - vie to rescue the beautiful Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma.
Developed by Liquid Entertainment and executive-produced by John August, the remake features rhythm-based combat, art by Jeff Matsuda, and a real-time musical score by Grammy-award-winning composer Christopher Tin.
For old-school gamers who'd like to experience the original side-scrolling, bird-punching, sudden-death Karateka exactly as they remember it from childhood, it's also available on mobile as Karateka Classic.