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The first thing I should get out of the way is All Star Karate will not teach you karate. The characters do perform karate moves, and they look really good. What you the player do is not exactly the same thing. You can however get a nice little work out while playing this Wii game. You know it never gets old to say that about the Wii. Your teenage character sees ninjas chasing an old man. You get involved to help him, and he winds up teaching you. Does that sort of sound familiar? The theme has a Karate Kid concept behind it. However this game is much more interactive than a movie.

There are various graphics in All Star Karate. There is violence in this Wii game as characters hit one another. I am impressed with the graphical design, artwork, and character models in All Star Karate. The fight scenes have very large characters who seem larger than life. Getting to break boxes with karate chops is a cool feature of this game as well.

I want to be clear that I enjoyed the voice acting in All Star Karate. What I was not impressed with was the cadence of the voice acting. All Star Karate has conversations that sound like sound bytes from various characters played one after the other. There were times where the pauses between sentences was a little too longer for me. The music in All Star Karate is decent, and brought something to the table. This Wii game tries to be funny in various parts, but it fell short in my opinion.

I was amazed with how many levels are included in All Star Karate. Some of them need the Wii Motion Plus controller. Two players can fight each other in this game, or compete in mini games. I expect more families will be interested in the latter, as opposed to the former. Many of the unlockable levels contain fighting so it can drain on you after awhile. I do believe there are enough different kinds of levels to keep gamers busy for a few weeks.

The biggest concept gamers need to understand about All Star Karate is following the routine. There are strings of moves that will net you more points in a competition. Going crazy with punches and kicks does not cut it in this game. Follow patterns, and routines that you have practiced. This may sound boring, but the key is timing. I know a little bit about karate, and most classes will teach you strings of moves as well. So All Star Karate is realistic in that regard.

One of most interesting thing about All Star Karate is the history of karate lessons. There are various historical facts on the martial art. If you are thinking about having your child try karate, you may want to try a game like All Star Karate first. If they can get into the routines, then you have a better idea how they will handle a class. Training hard, and working your way up the ranks is one of the lessons in All Star Karate. Karate has a spiritual aspect to it, and this game touches on that as well.
- Kimp


Graphics: 80%
Sound: 81%
Replay/Extras: 87%
Gameplay: 86%
Family Friendly Factor: 76%
System: Wii
Publisher: THQ
Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief}

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