Jordan Mechner is perhaps best known for his achievements in the video game world; he kicked-off his career in the '80s when he single-handedly created the best-selling video games Karateka and Prince of Persia -- the latter of course spawning several sequels (selling over 17 million games), and a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Karateka, developer Jordan Mechner has brought back the old school classic as a nice companion piece to its modern sibling. If you are of a certain (read: younger) age, chances are you never played Karateka when it first came out way back in the Ice Ages. While I realize that old games like this will never blow away today’s young gamers, the good ones are still worth our time. And Karateka is definitely one of the good ones.
The old school becomes new school in Karateka, a re-imagining of a classic PC game. But does this new rhythm-fighter have the moves to keep up with the big boys of iOS gaming? Or does it deserve a sweep to the leg?
This week we will get to see Karateka kick its way into the App Store. The game is a remake of Jordan Mechner's 1984 title of the same name. To help celebrate and promote the game's release, Mechner and the dev team at Liquid Entertainment released a series of making of videos about the game that give gamers a cool look behind the scenes.
Jordan Mechner's Karateka has officially been released for the Xbox LIVE Arcade, with a PSN, Steam, and an iOS version arriving this sometime this month. The official trailer has also debuted, giving fans a taste of what's new, complete with crane-punching action.
Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner is releasing a new version of Karateka, his first published game. The original game came out in the early '80s and featured side-scrolling beat 'em up action. What changes are in store for this updated fighter?