Aaaaiiii! Crack! Ouch! International Karate is
another variation on the martial arts theme that gives
you the chance to rearrange features, break shins, and
generally abuse an opponent to the full.
South Bank Show was never like this -- the
International Karate bully boys enjoy a good
martial bash-up outside Parliament.
take control of a white robed karate bully boy with
thirteen different moves at your disposal. Kicks, punches
and somersaults are all accessible via the joystick
-- pushing it in one of the eight directions, either
with or without the fire button depressed, results in
the execution of a manoeuvre.
example of the jolly background
screens -- having beaten up the Acropolis,
the contestants turn on each other.
are two playing options, allowing you to fight either
a computer opponent or a human one. The single player
game has you playing as many 30-second bouts as you
can survive, with the objective of beating up and outscoring
the computer controlled fighter. Depending on how well
a move is executed, a half or full point is awarded
and the first person to score two full points is declared
the winner. Any time remaining is converted into bonus
points. By winning two bouts you are promoted to a higher
belt and set against a more intelligent and violent
opponent, and a different backdrop (there are four different
ones on each side of the cassette). However, if the
computer player scores two points, the match and game
the timer reaches zero before a fighter scores two points
then the chap with the highest score for that bout is
declared the winner. Between rounds there is a bonus
screen which further tests your skills and gives you
the opportunity to earn more points. The first is a
tile breaking contest where you have to destroy as many
tiles as you can with your head, and the second puts
your reflexes to the test as you try to dodge the various
spears and other deadly objects slung at you by the
two player game is played over three 90-second bouts.
Twelve dots, six red and six white, are displayed at
the top of the screen. When one player successfully
overcomes the other, one of the loser's dots is turned
into the victor's colour. The winner is the first player
to turn all twelve dots to their own colour. After three
bouts the victor goes on to play a computer opponent.