Classic Apple Game Karateka Makes a Fun but Flawed Return to iPad and…

The original version of Karateka launched on an Apple II two decades ago and helped show that video game design could deliver idiosyncratic, narrative experiences. Back then, both Apple and video games were in their toddler stage, stumbling around trying to figure out what they could do. » 12/21/12 12:30pm 12/21/12 12:30pm

This Trailer for the New Karateka Makes A Hilarious Reference to the…

Gamers of a certain age remember the dramatic opening to Jordan Mechner's classic fighting adventure. But what happened before our hero stormed Akuma's castle? How'd he learn how to fight? The video—which hypes up today's release of a Karateka re-make— above answers some of those questions in really funny fashion.… » 11/07/12 5:00pm 11/07/12 5:00pm

Getting This Classic Adventure Game onto the iPad Wasn’t Easy

Jordan Mechner jumped and kicked his way into gamers' hearts with Prince of Persia and Karateka, two seminal releases that expanded the possibilities of what games could be and how they could tell stories. But it was The Last Express that proved to be the most ambitious title of Mechner's game-making career. The… » 9/27/12 7:30pm 9/27/12 7:30pm

Perfectly Pixilated Prince of Persia Prowls the Streets of Israel

In this brilliant video from Israel's Karahat, the hero of Jordan Mechner's 1989 platforming classic comes to life in pixel-perfect form, right down to the stumbling animations and Mario prison romance.

Maybe the Mario bit wasn't in the original game. Everything else was, more or less. Kaharat (which means bald… » 2/17/12 12:00pm 2/17/12 12:00pm

Watch The Creators of Doom, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man And Pitfall! Wax…

Not only can you now relive this year's Game Developers Conference keynote from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who spoke about the creation of Kirby and the devaluation of games in "Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future," you can experience the best part of GDC 2011: the classic… » 3/23/11 9:00pm 3/23/11 9:00pm