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From PRINCE OF PERSIA creator Jordan Mechner, the original side-scrolling karate classic comes to Steam with 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!Key Features:
Rhythm-based combat mechanic. Easy to grasp yet challenging to master, the cinematic gameplay seamlessly blends a series of escalating karate battles with a simple human story.
Three playable characters. Three endings. Three suitors vie for Mariko’s love: A fearsome Brute, a noble Monk, and her brave True Love.
Highly replayable. Innovative “three suitors” system offers a compact single-playthrough experience, yet challenges advanced players to unlock more difficult achievements and endings as their skill improves.
Unique real-time score by Christopher Tin tells the story through the music. Authentic Japanese instruments and themes let you “hear” the onscreen action in real time.

Release date
Liquid Entertainment
DotEmu, D3 Publisher
Age rating
Not rated

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System requirements for iOS

iPhone 3G S, iPad Wifi, iPad 3G, iPod Touch Third Gen, iPhone 4, iPod Touch Fourth Gen, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for PC

  • OS:Win XP, Win 7, Vista, Win 8
  • Processor:1.5GHz dual-core
  • Memory:1000 MB RAM
  • Graphics:ATI X1800 or better
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:1000 MB HD space
  • Sound:44kHz stereo
  • Additional:Runs on Unreal Engine 3
  • OS:Win 7
  • Memory:2000 MB RAM
  • Graphics:ATI X1800 or better
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
  • Additional:Runs on Unreal Engine 3
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Last Modified: Jan 20, 2024

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Karateka reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Dutch
Played In a run. But der is a nice rhythmic speed in this game:)
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Microsoft from French
the game is OK but I prefer the original that also exists in emulator for iPad
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Microsoft from French
The retro version is much better in the end, apart from the graphics this one is unplayable
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Microsoft from Deutsch
On ipad2 the purest Disaster. Longest Running time to Crash: 4 Seconds! Clear Nepp!
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Microsoft from Swedish
Cozy graphics. Ridiculously simple game mechanics, one button style, no options on how to play.
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Microsoft from French
The installation does not even start, still waiting after 25 minutes on a WiFi connection!!!
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Microsoft from Danish
For DKK 19 There is simply too little game. I suppose It takes max. An hour to complete. But Nice and fun it is.
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Microsoft from Danish
Completed in less than one hour. Quite beautiful, but the gameplay leaves something to be desired as well. All you do is tap, tap, tap.
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Microsoft from Italian
It's Not worth it... Takes up a lot of space for a game ke amuses 10 minutes! Even quite simple to finish! Deserving The atmosphere!
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Microsoft from Spain
A real scam, you pay it, download it and it doesn't work. I Have IOS 5.1 and it doesn't work! In The description is very clear that works on IOS 3 or higher!
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