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Karateka

A modern reboot of Karateka for your favorite platform.

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Karateka Classic

The original Karateka ported to your favorite phone or tablet.

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About Karateka

I created the original Karateka on my Apple II as a college student in the early 1980s.

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.

These short behind-the-scenes videos about making and remaking Karateka, then (1982) and now (2012), explore different aspects of production: Inspiration, Animation, Sound and Music, and Gameplay. Oh yeah, and pronunciation.

You can find more content and information surrounding both the new and the old Karateka at the official Karateka website.