Karate Kid iPhone app kicks and misses

Apr 26, 2010

On its surface, a Karate Kid iPhone game tie-in for the remake of the classic 80s movie makes perfect sense. The Karate Kid has to perform all sorts of app-friendly tasks in order to hone his karate craft. Surely, some of those would translate well into mini-iPhone games? Well … not exactly

Karate Kid iPhone game (free) actually has so little to do with the movie it’s surprising. There’s an option to read a very brief synopsis of the upcoming film on the main screen, and when you see the Karate Kid himself, he bears some resemblance to Jaden Smith, but otherwise, this is basically just a free iPhone game with a few mini-game style competitions thrown together, and it feels that way.

There are five games to play, the best of which is a “Simon Says”-style game where you have to tilt or swipe across the iPhone screen depending on the given instruction. This apparently just goes on forever until you mess up, hence its title, “Endurance.” The rest of the games are either too easy like “Courage,” where you time an iPhone tilt in order to break wood and cement blocks, or just really frustrating and bad, like “Perseverance,” where you try to keep Jaden Smith from falling off a balance beam into water by tilting the iPhone.

Your combined scores from the five games are added up for a total score that then gives you a belt ranking similar to the rankings you’d achieve in a karate class. You can also earn achievements for various successes like “reaching 40,000 total points.”

Even for free, The Karate Kid is an iPhone game you could do without. Visually it’s so-so, and you can play your own music during the game, but this just isn’t very much fun.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.


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