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Review: The Making of Karateka is a superbly curated interactive documentary

Digital Eclipse’s latest retro retrospective continues the high standard set by Atari 50

Karateka creator
Jordan Mechner
Key Credits
Chris Kohler (Editorial director), Dan Amrich (Content editor)
4 / 5
Review: The Making of Karateka is a superbly curated interactive documentary

The Making of Karateka is a powerful statement of intent for what promises to be a superb series of interactive documentaries. Not everyone will click with the idea of focusing on a single game rather than your typical retro compilation, but those interested in the creative process will be fascinated by the content provided here.

  • Retains Atari 50's brilliant timeline structure
  • A wealth of photo, written and video content
  • Playable prototypes are a fantastic touch
  • The story of Deathbounce is a welcome surprise
  • Lacks the diversity of Atari 50 (by definition)
  • Many of Mechner's design docs are illegible
  • Karateka itself may not click with everyone
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
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