Heads up: Jordan Mechner's new Karateka [$1.99] is now on sale for 99¢. That's a couple of bones off its initial December launch pricing of $2.99, if you're keeping score at home.

The app's description doesn't note when this sale will end, by the way, so grab it now just to be safe -- and you probably should. In our review, we praised its rhythm-based brand of combat, as well as more than a few of its production elements. Give it a read if you're on the fence.

Oh, and in other Mechner video game sales news, The Last Express [$4.99] on iPad and iPhone is still on sale, too. Never before has there been a better opportunity to double down on your Mechner mobile experience on the cheap.

  • subshell001

    pretty fun game, i just wish they would add a "hard" mode where you have more control about how to attack instead of the one-button approach.

  • Rothgarr

    Buggiest game ever. I have never been able to get through all three lives as the "bowing bug" or the "no enemies bug" popped up every single time. The game is not worth it, even at 99 cents, until they fix all bugs.

  • dekon

    Played it in 4 minutes. What a waste of time and money.

    • Leo•Faust

      Played it in 4 minutes you are so full of crap. And you guys b'ing about the price saying its a waste are either spoiled, stupid, or both.... It's 99c for god sake. I appreciate this reformat of the original think its simple elegant fun and even hard.... I agree their are many bugs but its only a matter of time til they fix them so its not worth complaining, when the game works its great. -a fun way to pass 30+ or - min, in your life to save a princess, with the true love in sweet accomplishment, or palm facing failure & try again with another honorable char.... Til the princess is safe. 🙂

      • dekon


  • http://twitter.com/chrstphrbrwn Christopher Brown

    I played through once and didn't enjoy it. Yes, I understand the skill is completing the game with the first hero and defeating Akuma without dipping into your score for extra chances, however it just felt like a been there, done that tippy-tap experience.

    I did like how, as in the original, there is no spoken dialogue.

    Overall, though, I wouldn't recommend unless you're REALLY into rhythm-based tapping games.

  • felipe

    This game is a classic! Lot of fun for only $.99
    Just need to improve resolution for iPhone 5.

  • BeyondtheTech

    It was impossible for me to finish the game with the True Love character, until I discovered a simple trick: exit the game and kill the task as soon as you're knocked down. Then you can go back to redo that fight.

    However, you'll notice that your health changes from fight to fight, so I don't know if it's an effect of the cheat or if the game is just buggy or cheating too (I'm inclined to think the latter).

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      By "trick" you mean "cheat" / "exploit".
      Well, I suppose that's one way of achieving 'mastery'.

      I wasn't interested in game, despite being an old fan of Karateka original, b/c it seemed like a straight re-hash rather than taking an old idea and making it 1000x better. Watched video, and now slightly more interested...