1984 Data East.
So we shall! What a classic this was back in 1984. Standing proud amongst its challengers in the Dojo’s of arcade game legends, this masterpiece delivered every aspect of the title itself.
Firstly, allow us to elaborate on the control method. A unique arrangement of two joysticks offering a wide range of combat movement and attacks. The way this is achieved is by moving each joystick in varying directions. For example, left joystick up, right joystick right for a lunging kick to your opponent. As the movements change, so do the martial art movements. Simple yet very effective.
After a brief period of practice with judges on looking the tournament begins. Using a simple “1/2 point, full point” victory system the scene is set for the fight of your life. Sweeps, round-houses, all are available to the well trained to defeat your foe and to progress to the bonus stages. Flying objects to be evaded or stopped mid-flight or racks of tiles to be smashed at the perfect chi moment, all adding to your reputation amongst the judges and entries within the tournament.
Data East were indeed responsible for many classics back in the late twentieth century and non so formidable was ‘Karate Champ’ and comes highly recommended if even just to brush up on those forgotten skills.
A true masterpiece, earning its belt in the vaults of classic arcade video game memories.
Review by Rob Joy.