I was reading an article posted by the Retro Brothers the other day about the classic arcade game – Karate Champ. A great read itself but it wasn’t until I watched the accompanying youtube video showing the game in action did i take note on how cool and fluid the character animation was. Considering the game was released way way back in1984 it still looks pretty good today and I bet it was a real eye opener back then – especially having the twin joysticks and the rather unique control system.
Sadly, I missed it myself and never came across the cabinet in the arcades I visited. My only recollection of seeing the game in an arcade was via the scene in the movie ‘Bloodsport’ with Guile and that big bloke from Revenge of the Nerds.
It’s been a fun afternoon playing Karate Champ via MAME for the first time and I suspect it would play much better if can hunt out/connect that DIY ‘state of the art’ twin joystick controller thingy I built a few months back 😉
See previous blog post <;https://stiggyblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/diy-retro-dual-stick-controller-part-2/>;
It also plays really well under emulation on my iPad – The single virtual joystick and two buttons takes some getting used to though and it plays much better on the iCade.
I also found that there’s a dedicated iPhone/iPad Karate Champ app that goes some way to recreating the original twin stick setup and what appears to be a rather novel split screen two player mode – Will be definitely checking this one out soon.
I’ve also been having a laugh with this remake of sorts for PC/Windows. The comedy sound effects and pixel blood are quite funny for a while and it’s even got LAN netplay. It’s not a patch on the original though.
Getting ones nose bent out of shape!
Karate Champ…top game….but you already knew that!