International Karate
Copyright/Publisher: System 3, Release Year: 1986,
Genre: Fighting Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2

Super-smooth animation and a superbly graded computer opponent gave System 3 their first Sizzler. The ageing martial arts theme failed to discourage the ZZAP! reviewers: Gary Penn was suitably enthusiastic, spoting comments such as 'fast and furious', 'amazing' and 'great', Gary Liddon spurted 'anyone into synthetic violence shouldnīt miss itī and Julian revealed a simple nature by simply calling it 'the best fighting game available'.

This was the first really good beatīem up, with brilliant presentation, graphics and sound: the computer opponents are challenging and the two-player option maintains interest. IK+ is better, but this is still impressive. GH

IKīs fast and challenging gameplay, great series of moves and superb soundtrack made it the best one-on-one combat game available...until its sequel came along.

(Gordon) Presentation, Graphics, Hookability and Lastability are all fine, but the Sound, Value and Overall should go down by about 10% each. Worth it if you canīt afford its successor.

(Jaz) The Soundtrack is brilliant, but graphics should drop to 85%, Hook and Lastability down by 10% and Overall to mid 80s.


INTRO SCREEN

PRESENTATION 94%
One or two player options, excellent use of joystick and many 'cute' touches throughout.
GRAPHICS 91%
Extremely well animated figures and four nice backdrops per side.
SOUND 96%
One of Hubbard's best tunes fits the bill perfectly - and there are also some great sound effects.
HOOKABILITY 93%
Very playable and easy to get into.
LASTABILITY 90%
The high degree of difficulty makes the game tough to master. The two player option is good fun too.
VALUE FOR MONEY 95%
Great quality at a cheap price.
OVERALL 91%
The best thump em up we've seen and played yet.


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