Karateka is a 1984 beat'em up video game by Jordan Mechner, and was his first game created while attending Yale University. It was originally programmed for the Apple II, and was later ported to several other home computers and early gaming consoles. The game was published in North America by Brøderbund, and in Europe by Ariolasoft.

The player controls an unnamed protagonist who is attempting to rescue his love interest, the Princess Mariko, from Akuma's castle fortress. The game exhibits a combination of a side-scrolling platform and fighting game elements. The player uses punches and kicks to defeat Akuma and his guards and make his way deeper into the fortress. The game, as with most at the time of development, lacked checkpoints or the ability to save the game, making it a challenge to complete in a single sitting.

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Platform
Atari
Developer(s)
Jordan Mechner
Publisher(s)
Brøderbund
Genre(s)
Action, Fighting
NA Release Date
March 16, 1988
MVGL User Score
6.3 by 4 User(s)
MVGL Difficulty Rating
Hard by 4 User(s)
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4 User(s)

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Apple II Commodore 64 Mobile MSX Nintendo NES PC

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