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The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid
This game, is ASS... - AVGN
Genre(s): Platforming
Platform(s): Nintendo Entertainment System
Release: November 1987
Developer(s): Atlus
Publisher(s): LJN
Country: Japan

The Karate Kid is a 1987 video game that was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was published by LJN and developed by Atlus, and is based on the 1984 movie of the same name.

Why It's Not The Best Around

  1. The game doesn't offer any variety in the gameplay. There's a one-on-one option that allows players to fight each other, but you cannot change the level setting or who player 2 is.
  2. The controls are very obtuse. For example, you have to press Up to jump and the jumping in this game is a pain to control.
    • Sometimes, there's an input delay in some stages due to how the game was designed.
  3. The length of the game is extremely short. It has only four levels, but it quickly spikes up in difficulty.
  4. The minigames are very confusing to approach. The worst one is the hammer swinging minigame because you're not told in-game what to do to dodge the swinging hammers.
  5. Combat has a lot of issues. Here are several examples:
    • Fighting enemies is very difficult because they come in endless swarms. Due to the game's poor controls, it's very hard to deal with if they surround you.
    • You're given crane kicks and drum punches, but they can accidentally be consumed if the player isn't careful. The only way to avoid consuming them is to attack while moving or ducking.
    • Going back to WIS #2: Due to how jumping is handled, it's very hard to maneuver properly in combat.
    • Due to the poor hitboxes, your attacks may sometimes not register properly against enemies or obstacles.
    • You're also given no mercy invincibility. If two enemies surround you, your entire life bar can be depleted completely.
  6. The final boss segment is extremely frustrating. You have to fight Chozen one last time and you have to protect Kumiko from falling into the water. Any attacks near her push her. If she drowns, you die as well.
  7. There are no continues whatsoever in this game. Getting game over results in the player being sent back to the title screen.
  8. Your reward for beating the game is a text ending that has Mr. Miyagi winking at the player.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The music is decent.
  2. The graphics are also good for its time.
AVGN Enraged.jpg "What were they thinking?"
The Shit Scale
Games that are debatably bad High level of shit contamination The very high category The severe zone Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Major code red
This game/console belongs to the "Very High Category" category of the AVGN's Shit Scale.



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