INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

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INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

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Hi everyone and welcome to the July 2018 edition of the "Which Is Best?" series.

This month I'm going to place the two International Karate games from System 3 against each other (all systems, 8 & 16-bit), which game do you think is better?!,...only your votes will determine that :thumbs:

VOTING CLOSES 15th August 2018.

International Karate vs IK+ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySmvA75yq3s
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The original has a remarkable and unique graphical art style but the game play is slower and quite repetitive, this mirrors the 8-bit International Karate which was keen to display its graphical prowess in showing a number of beautiful locations. In contrast IK+ is an exciting fast paced arcade game 1v2 (usually) and is a port of its 8-bit predecessor only having one location. In my opinion, a better comparison might be International Karate versus The Way of the Exploding Fist, although the latter was never released on the Atari. Anyway, my vote is for IK+ as the challenging addictive game play feels rewarding upon mastery and wins the day for me.

VOTE: IK+
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IK+, loved that game!
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IK was great - loved the graphics at the time etc.. But IK+ was such a step up on any format so IK+ gets the vote (even if we have heard the music on far to many menus :lol: )
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It is not easy I really like the Atari 8bit version of International Karate. On the ST it look nice but I like more IK+. So I prefer Archer Maclean's game on both platform.
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Has to be IK+ for me too. I never actually played International Karate though, and honestly only know of it from the "Things Not To Do" Demo.
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IK+ for definite.

I was speaking to Archer Maclean about those games a couple of months ago, and even he'd admit that International Karate was awful.
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Thumb up for IK+ also from me :-)
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IK+
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Post by Ayreon »

I really like IK on the 8-bits, on the 16 bits not so much. IK+ rules them all though.
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IK for me. Loved the music, the intro, the graphics, and the slow speed doesn't really bother me. Also one of the 1st games I saw on ST, so it has a nostalgia bonus.
I was disappointed by IK+, never played much to it.
That being said, I should try them again some day, I might have a different opinion...
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I vote for IK+ but also I like International Karte.
Best would be to combine both games.
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