A side-scrolling karate classic from 1984! The first game by the creator of Prince of Persia, Karateka arrives on iOS with all the challenge and charm of the original Apple II experience. Fight as the lone hero to save the princess from the evil warlord Akuma. His relentless guards and pesky hawk will challenge your skill whether you remember the original, have played the remake, or are experiencing Karateka for the first time.
This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
Available for iOS 11.
Ratings and Reviews
This is great!
Just played through it and won without any rewinds. This probably will never come to pass, but I'd love to see the C64 port as well. It didn't have the yell of the protagonist, but the music and bass were far better — especially awesome when it kicks in during the final battle. Consider it! I'd pay another 99¢ for that version.
My one complaint is that I cannot pull off a (full) walk/kick (or punch) combo, which completely changes how to play the game. Can you fix that?
I had this game on my family's old Apple II as a kid, and I played it relentlessly. Relentlessly! I knew every sound, every movement. This, along with Conan, was my absolute favorite game. I did not expect to ever get to play it again (save for maybe a poorly executed remake on an emulator) but here it is! 😍
The developers really went to task to recreate the exact, and I mean *exact* treasured little game from my childhood. They even simulated the physical sound of the old Apple's hard drive at work, loading up the game and the scenes. Nice touch.
At a time where everybody's putting out little 8-bit games, and most are unoriginal, lazy replicas of each other... this stands out to appeal to the nostalgia-seeking gamers. It seems that most developers think that they can use any simple platform, dial down the graphics and present it as something special. But the truth is, the good games from the 80s and 90s were actually unique and creative (much like today); the movements and graphics were simply born out of limitations.
Anyway, love this game! Especially running straight into the enemy on accident and receiving that mortal blow lol. Btw, if you're new to this game, don't do it!! Or do it to your first enemy to see what it's like and get it over with. Don't forget, like I did, and get far in the game just to carelessly run straight into your demise. Made my jaw drop, just like it did when I was a kid. Brutal.
For the first time since I played 'Karateka' back in the 90's at Elementary School in the computer lab, I finally beat this game. True, adding the modern save feature and a touch of 'Prince of Persia' with the Rewind feature dampens the difficulty of playing classic, but those can easily be adjusted to taste. The sounds and screen styles of the Apple II interface immediately puts anyone familiar with the title in a comfortable atmosphere. For anyone looking to be told an epic tale, a challenge that's hard to come by these days, reconnecting with your childhood or all three combined, this is worth the dollar. I'm not ashamed to say this is in my all-time top ten of games and also easily one of my favorite apps for the iPad. For the Developer: Thank You!
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- 13.5 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2012 Waterwheel Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Karateka® is a registered trademark of Waterwheel Licensing LLC.
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