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Game: International Karate +


Publisher: System 3


Year: 1987



Platform: ZX Spectrum


Ports: N/A


MIDI Music: N/A




International Karate + is a karate computer game published in 1987 by System 3 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. Conversions of this game were later released for the Atari ST, Amiga and AmigaCD32. It is probably the most famous karate game for the Commodore 64. Its shortname is AKA IK+. In 2002, following the retro-gaming trend, Ignition released IK+ for the Game Boy Advance and Playstation, both of which are faithfull to the Amiga/Atari ST version.

In the game, three karateka fight against each other on a beach, trying to be the first who scores 6 points. After every 2 rounds, there is a bonus game which is either deflecting bouncing balls or kicking away bombs. The game can be played by 1 or 2 human players, at least one fighter is always controlled by the computer. The game is similar to other karate titles that appeared for the C64 before (e.g. Way of the Exploding Fist), but the finely tuned moves, dynamic gameplay and (for C64 standards) smooth animations made this game even more enjoyable than its predecessors. Also, the over-the-top sound effects, taken from old kung-fu movies, add much to the gameplay experience.

Unlike the predecessor International Karate, there was only one backdrop, but it was a well drawn backdrop.

Archer Maclean did most of the work on developing the game, but the music was written by Rob Hubbard. In august of 2005, the music from International Karate was performed at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany.



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