INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

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INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Zeusdaz » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:25 pm

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Avanze » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:59 am

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby dhedberg » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:13 am

IK+, loved that game!
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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby aktiv8 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:20 pm

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby krupkaj » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:07 pm

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Hazzardus » Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:13 pm

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Total Eclipse » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:20 pm

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby AtariCrypt » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:28 pm

Thumb up for IK+ also from me :-)

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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby calimero » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:07 pm

IK+
fast, super responsive, super fun :)
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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Ayreon » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:06 pm

I really like IK on the 8-bits, on the 16 bits not so much. IK+ rules them all though.

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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Symoon » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:52 am

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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Re: INTERNATIONAL KARATE vs IK+: WHICH IS BEST?

Postby Cyprian » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:48 am

I vote for IK+ but also I like International Karte.
Best would be to combine both games.
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