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Overall 8

Karateka Review (PC)

17 January 2013
  • Excerpt: The story of the game is very simple: we have an evil overlord named Akuma who has imprisoned a beautiful maiden called Mariko in his fortress, defended by quite a few very skilled fighters. The player needs to take control of at least one hero (potentially three) in order to fight all the defenders, including some surprising ones, before battling Akuma himself and getting the princess.
  • Pros: + Cool fighting mechanics, + Nice difficulty level scaling
  • Cons: - Limited story and universe, - Limited replayability
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Overall 7


26 December 2012
  • Summary: Karateka punches you in the face with nostalgia, then knees you in the gut with new features
  • Pros: Interesting upgrade to an old classic. Manages to be challenging and accessible. Great graphics, animation, and music.
  • Cons: Only runs on up-to-the-minute devices. Short. Repetitive.
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Overall 5

Expert Review

20 November 2012
  • Conclusion: In 1984, before Mario was jumping down warp pipes and Kirby's liberation of Dream Land, the world said hello to Karateka. Originally designed on the Apple II, Karateka completely broke free from every video game before it. Instead of a triangle shooting rocks on a grid, or a yellow dot eating other dots, a character was given purpose. A true love separated by an evil warlord, players took on the epic quest to save their girlfriend.
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Overall 6
Gameplay 7
Graphics 8
Storyline 6
Replay value 5
Music 7

Karateka (2012)

4 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Если вам больше двадцати и у вас было детство (читай: играли ночами в Dendy), то при слове Karateka вы просто обязаны пускать скупую ностальгическую слезу с одной стороны, и нервно сжимать кулаки – с другой. К примеру, ваш покорный слуга в свое время злостно кричал на всю квартиру и кидал геймпад в стену, когда «ЭТА СВОЛОЧЬ С ЦЕПЯМИ СНОВА ПОБЕЖДАЛА!
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Karateka. Обзор.

6 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Бывают хорошие ремейки. Бывают плохие. К каким отнести новую Karateka, ремейк оригинального проекта 1984 года?
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23 January 2013
  • Conclusion: „Remake staré klasiky sice mohl být lepší, originálu ale ostudu nedělá. Někoho by ale mohla odradit přílišnou jednoduchostí.
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