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Karateka

A RHYTHM COMBAT GAME

  • RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2012
  • CREDIT: Composer
  • STUDIO: Liquid Entertainment
A Classic Reborn

Jordan Mechner, creator of the 'Prince of Persia' franchised, hired Christopher to score his iOS remake of Karateka, his legendary Apple IIe game. The reboot featured a novel new combat system; players would have to hit sequences of blocks, punches, and kicks in time to a rhythmic track, in order to defeat their enemy.

Musical Clues

In order to inform the player on what buttons to press, the music had to give subtle clues as to button combinations. And because of the highly modular nature of the game, Christopher had to break apart the score into hundreds of microscopic musical elements--many as small as a single note--so that the game engine could recombine them adaptively.