Karateka Confirmed for iOS, Colorful Light Flashes To Attack App Store
Jordan Mechner's 1984 classic ready to crack some skulls.
True story. Back in the 80s, I put Jordan Mechner's 1984 martial arts game, Karateka, on my holiday wish list, fully aware that it was for the Atari 7800. You see, I only had the Atari 2600, but since the cartridges looked more or less the same, I refused to believe the game wouldn't work on my older system. Besides, how dare Atari shut out its loyal 2600 fans by releasing some newfangled machine. Seriously, who does that?
Long story short, the game didn't work and my uncle was pissed. At least on the positive side, I'll finally get to experience Karateka in the newly re-imagined version for iOS and other platforms.
The news comes by way of Siliconera, and there's even a description for the game:
In this rhythm-fighting game, players assume the role of three Japanese warriors attempting to rescue a kidnapped princess from an evil warlord. Players engage in frenetic one-on-one battles with various enemies, using timed martial arts moves (punch/kick combos) to stun opponents and drain their health meters. Matches are highlighted by battle cries, colorful light flashes and slow-motion effects; when players' character is knocked out, a brief cut scene depicts him falling down the side of a mountain. [Source: Toucharcade]
Sounds a little weird, but I plan to be all over this game as soon as it appears on the App Store. As for my uncle, I'll refrain from bringing up ancient history.
Here's a look at the original running on Apple II.