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- International Karate -

These days there are plenty of one-on-one fighting games out there which pretty much is a legacy of streetfighter 2. However before that game there have been plenty of games like it though nowhere near as succesfull. International karate was one of the best fighting games out there with lots of different moves and different locations.

The aim of the game is simply, you face an opponent and whenever you hit your opponent you will be awarded a half or a full point. To win the bout you must get two full point or if the thirty second timer runs out the one with the most points wins. Win two bouts against a single opponent and you can continue to the next one. There are plenty of different moves you can use from quick jabs and lowkicks to full roundhouse and flying kicks. Each of these moves is done by pressing the joystick in a certain direction, pressing the button during the movement will change the attack you do. Since this game was designed on a C64 the limitation of the single button joystick are quite evident but it's not difficult to get used to the control scheme. Between bouts you get to play a bonus event like hitting a stack of bricks or dodging spears, these serve only to gain points and for some variation. If you win you will slowly gain belts until you go up to black but there is no end as you must fight until you are defeated.

I used to play international karate quite a lot simply because it was so much more fun than most other fighting games. The controls though limited with a single button are excellent and you can easily learn all the moves. Best of all there is a two-player mode where you can face off against a buddy which is always a lot of fun. Most older fighting games weren't all that but this one definately doesn't fall into that category so give it a go.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amstrad CPC Released in 1986.
This is a port of the ZX version with only the players getting some more colors.
C64 Released in 1985.
The original version and the best.
DOS Released in 1987.
The graphics resemble the C64 version but with only a 4-color CGA mode doesn't look very good.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1986.
The graphics are different from the other versions but fairly good for this system.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari ST released in 1987.
Atari 8-bit released in 1986.
MSX released in 1987.

Date added Aug-16-2006 13:41
Name International Karate
Developer System 3
Publisher System 3
First released 1985
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 29 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 31 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 178 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 51 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 2 Kb
This is the same as the text manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
Get text manual here

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