Remember Karateka? You know, that classic 8-bit side-scroller fighter that made your jaw drop back in the 80′s? Well Jordan Mechner, the man behind the game and who later made Prince of Persia, has brought Karateka back to life with the help of Jeff Matsuda’s artwork (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV). The remake first arrived on XBLA in early November and has now arrived on iOS.
Unlike your typical brawler with a D-pad and action buttons, the new Karateka features an innovative rhythm-based gameplay and a one-touch interface designed for mobile devices. Choose from one of three playable characters to save (the ageless) Princess Mariko, each with their own ending. For $2.99, you can take a trip down memory lane on your iDevices and experience the modern day version of Karateka. Too bad it doesn’t come with the original 8-bit game. Now that would be worth playing once again.
The game isn’t optimized for the iPhone 5, though it is compatible even with slightly older devices (iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd gen, iPad 1 and up) running iOS 4.0 or later.
Check out excellent trailer, as well as the “making of” videos below.
Karateka LLC, Karateka - $2.99