International Karate And Street Fighter Just Had A Bull-Punching Baby

Street Fighter II's minigames were actually quite fun, even if they just consisted of beating the turd out of various inanimate objects. What would you say if I told you there's a game — a free one — that took this part of Capcom's classic beat-em-up and ran with it?

That game is called Karate Master Knock Down Blow and it looks surprisingly awesome. Don't believe me? Skip to about a minute into the video above. Yes, that's a guy about to punch a charging bull in the face. Now watch the rest of the clip. There's plenty more to do, from the traditional board and brick-breaking shenanigans, to Mr Miyagi-style antics like putting out candles with your fists.

Before you ask, yes, there's straight fighting as well, but I'm not sure how it could, in any way, top the madness of smacking virtual bovines.

The game is definitely a bit on the dusty side, but it's still being updated, with the most recent changes coming just two days ago. And it looks perfectly fine to me from a visual standpoint. It's a lightweight 69MB download, though when I went to grab it I was given a download time of one hour, so the file host might not be the fastest. Hopefully, you'll have better luck.

Karate Master Knock Down Blow [Crian Soft, via IndieGames]


    International fond memories playing that at my mates house after school instead of homework!

    Reminds me of Art of Fighting without the special moves. People need to do more fighting games, it's too neglected as a genre.

      That's not really the case anymore. Last year alone we had Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Skullgirls, Virtual Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Dead or Alive 5, Soulcalibur V, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Persona 4 Arena, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (arguments over whether its a brawler or a fighting game aside), as well as some fan projects such as Divekick (which is now getting a proper retail release in 2013). 2011 was also a pretty busy year for fighting games (although less so than 2012), and 2013 is off to a good start with Injustice: Gods Among Us due soon, as well as other fighting games in development such as Tekken X Street Fighter, a retail version of Divekick, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, as well as a possible Darkstalkers game and a possible Capcom vs title, as well as odds being good for a few more that haven't been announced yet.

        I think that it is true that there are a lot of fighting games out there... they are all quite similar in progression and gameplay. Really Just arcade modes and online.

        Some older games like tae kwon do on (snes), Panza Kickboxing and even Street fighter zero 3 (Jap) had RPG elements.

        This I think is whats lacking in todays Fighters.

          Well I can definitely agree with that. It's about time we start seeing more unique modes like Alpha/Zero 3's World Tour mode.

    Sounds as though it is based upon Sosai Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushinkai karate. OSU!!!

    Want something truly impressive? Research Sosei Mas Oyama who formed Kyokoshin Karate. He used to do that for real. Actually killed a few bulls with his bare hands.

    Karate Champ was the only game I knew of that had a 'punch the bull' bonus round.

    Wow... I'm pretty sure that the Karate-ka's movement graphics are taken from "Battle K Road".

    I was just playing it on Mame over the weekend...

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