Karate (Atari 2600)

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Karate (Atari 2600)



"It's crap. Moving on." - Angry Video Game Nerd
Genre: Sports,
Platforms: Atari 2600
Release Date: 1982,
1987 (rerelease)
Developer: Ultravision
Publisher: Ultravision,
Froggo (rerelease)

Karate is a karate fighting game released for Atari 2600 by Ultravision in 1982 and later in 1987 by Froggo. It is infamous for being one of the worst Atari 2600 games ever made and for good reason.

Why It Sucks

  1. The controls do whatever they want, making the game unplayable from the get-go.
  2. Your fighter moves so slow, it takes a while to get to your opponent.
  3. The graphics are ugly because the fighters look like colored shadows in underwear and their animations are choppy.
  4. The hit detection is random; sometimes you hit your opponent and sometimes you don't.
  5. Your attacks are limited to kick and punch in different angles.
  6. When you get kicked out of the ring, you and your opponent just appear at the center.
  7. The sounds are terrible as they emit a grating buzz sound when you hit your opponent or vice versa.
  8. The overall gameplay is repetitive. Hit your opponent to get points and that's it.


Karate was panned by critics and gamers alike because of the bad hit detection, awful sound, broken controls, ugly graphics, limited moveset and repetitive gameplay. In 1991, Digital Press chose Karate for one of the worst Atari 2600 games ever. The Angry Video Game Nerd condemned the game, calling it crap.





3 months ago
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I find it hilarious how this game is very bad, yet it's one of the rarest and most expensive Atari 2600 games. Funny how that works out.

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