Karate Blazers Game

Karate Blazers Game

Karate Blazers is the ultimate throwback game for the arcade-based beat-em-up genre, falling just short of the greatness of timeless classics like Streets of Rage. Playing as one of a selection of four protagonists, you enter into a short adventure that involves roaming each of the game’s levels, encountering and defeating enemies as you go. With only the directional arrows and two attack buttons to worry about, Karate Blazers has some of the simplest gameplay around, yet its classic arcade-level beat-em-up action is still highly entertaining to this day.

Karate Blazers now exists in the form of a flash game that can be played on many gaming sites on the internet, but this isn’t where the game began. It began as a 1991 arcade game that could be played in return for your coins. As all gamers know however, retro has made a comeback with a vengeance, and Karate Blazers is as typical a chip off the old retro block as any game in existence.

This is a pure beat-em-up through and through – no attempt has been made (as modern games often seem to try and do) to squeeze in a bit of RPG here or a little bit of real-time strategy there – meaning Karate Blazers is rather similar to the classic Streets of Rage. You can play as either Mark, Akira, Glen, or Gil, all of which are disciples of a karate master that has been killed as well as having his scrolls stolen and his daughter kidnapped. It is up to you to smash and bash your way to restore your master’s honour, collecting the lost scrolls, and rescuing his daughter in the process.

As you would expect from a port of a 1991 arcade game, gameplay is rather simple and content is rather thin around the edges. Your characters can perform two attacks – a punch and a kick – which are a long way from the rich variety of attacks available in modern-day beat-em-ups like the modern-day Street Fighter games. Along the way you’ll encounter a small variety of enemies from standard, generic fodder to the more difficult bosses that will take a little longer to defeat. The game gets interesting when you collect three scrolls in a row however, allowing you to perform a special attack unique to your character.

So don’t expect a beat-em-up epic of the likes of Streets of Rage here, nor should you hope for the range of attacks seen in contemporary martial arts games like Kings of Kung Fu. No weapons are available for picking up, and the whole game is much shorter and arguably less enjoyable than its classic arcade rival Streets of Rage. Karate Blazers still gets the job done however, even if it doesn’t really explore the wide variety of moves or call upon the broad body of discipline that is Karate.