Karateka is a beat ‘em up Karate game designed by Jordan Mechner and it was released in 1984. The plot is that a beautiful princess is held captive by an evil warlord. It is the hero’s mission to save her by doing the one thing that he knows best and
that is Karate! The game features unique cut scenes which switches between the protagonist and enemies. This is used to tell the story and makes the game more dramatic and engaging. It almost gives it a cinematic feel. Karateka is a real gem of a game and, if nothing else, it taught us all a very important martial arts rule which will be ingrained into our minds: you can’t just run into a fight, you need to be in combat stance!