Karateka is reimagined this November

Jordan Mechner’s 8-bit karate classic returns with all-new graphics and innovative gameplay…

Best known as the creator of Prince of Persia, Jordan Mechner will release the highly anticipated remake of his 80s chart-topper, Karateka. A karate-wrapped love story set in feudal Japan, the new Karateka is reimagined for today’s digital platforms including XBLA, PSN, Steam and, of course, iOS.

Jordan was one of the original garage game makers building the first Karateka on the Apple II at Yale more than 30 years ago. It impressed with its groundbreaking rotoscoped animation and cinematic cutscenes, techniques that were later used in Prince of Persia.

Coming this November to iOS – supporting iPhone 4S/5, iPad 2/3 – the game features rhythm-based combat and cinematic gameplay. There are three playable characters; A fearsome Brute, a noble Monk, and the True Love. You can complete the game by rescuing the Princess as the Brute, but completing it with the other two will unlock different endings, with the True Love ending being the most complete version. According to Jordan, the game can be completed in a 40 minutes, but it is designed to challenge you to keep trying again, unlocking more difficult achievements and endings as your skill improves.

No word yet on price, or exact release date, but Xbox users can look forward to playing it this Thursday for 800 Microsoft points.

Stay tuned for more info as it hits.


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