Karateka Classic Karateka

Karateka Classic and Karateka Remake are now available for purchase in the store.

Karateka Remake

Now available on Steam


  • Rhythm-based combat mechanic
  • Three playable characters, three endings
  • Unique real-time musical score

Watch the official extended trailer:

See the behind-the-scenes videos about making and remaking Karateka.

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


"...instantly, addictively fun."


"...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."

Ars Technica

"Delightful... The game has the unique ability to tell a story and sell characters without words... Simple, pure fun and the price is right." 8/10

Machinima Inside Gaming

"What seems extremely simple is actually incredibly nuanced... You'll be shocked at how much better you do on your second play-through."


"Exceptional production values... Karateka may be just the game you need to remind you what made those early arcade games so fun." 8/10

Game Informer

The Monk is the second suitor.
Warlord Akuma and his Hawk.
Captive Princess Mariko spies on Akuma and his men.

Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner's 8-bit karate classic returns with all-new graphics and innovative gameplay.

Created on an Apple II by Jordan Mechner in his Yale dorm room, Karateka became a #1 bestseller and influenced a generation of gamers with its groundbreaking rotoscoped animation and cinematic cutscenes.

28 years later, Mechner returns to his indie roots with a new take on Karateka for today's digital game platforms, featuring art by Jeff Matsuda (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV).

Whether you are a nostalgic Karateka fan or new to the game, 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!

Cover art for Karateka

ESRB Rated Teen PEGI Rating 12 Available on XBLA Available on Steam Available on the App Store Available on Playstation Network

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