‘Karateka’ remake is iOS-bound

Jordan Mechner is putting the finishing touches on a new Karateka game, due out for iOS some time this month. Mechner, creator of the legendary game Prince of Persia, made the original Karateka back in 1984 for the Apple II while he was an undergrad at Yale.

Karateka was a martial arts fighting game, and the new version follows that format, though there are a lot of changes to keep with the changing time. The developer describes the new version as a “rhythm-based story fighter,” still retaining core elements of the original storyline: It’s set in feudal Japan, where you must use your karate skills to win the hand of the lovely Mariko. You choose one of three playable characters, each with their own unique story ending.