This was originally released by Superior Software with the title By Fair Means Or
Foul. This was probably a more apt title as I'm sure most professional boxers
don't go in for such tactics as kicks and headbutts.
However, in this 'sim' you can get away with such illegal moves; as long as the
ref doesn't see. This is pretty easy as the ref is usually on the wrong side of
the ring or even asleep. To defeat an opponent you must win reduce his five 'lives'
to xero before he does the same to you.
This is acieved by winning a roudn either by knocking him out (reducing his
energy to zero) or on points (by having more energy left than him at the end of
the round). Kicking and butting is a good way to reduce energy but if the ref spots
it he'll call a foul, removing one of your lives. The colour of the little man at
the top of the screen shows when it's safe to cheat!
There are different boxers to fight, the harder ones requiring a password
gained from beating lesser ones. There's also a practice option to try out the
When it was reviewed in Issue 45, the game earned a respectable 66% with Gordon
Houghton a bit dubious about the 'purple, pug-featured sprites' but otherwise finding
the game fairly playable.
Kati Hamza also found the presentation lacking but gameplay fun, and also noticed
one of the strangest quirks of the game: even when a boxer is counted out he gets
up again, fresh as a daisy, for the next round!
Despite very basic presentation and a lack of realism, the game offers simple
but appealing action which is good value at the budget price. And cheating now and
again is fun - know what I mean, 'Arry?