Copyright/Publisher: Accolade, Design: Mike Lorenzen, Graphics: Roseann Mitchell,
Bogas, Producer: Sam Nelson,
Release Year: 1988, Genre: Boxing, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
He flies like a butterfly and the stings like a bee - he's the greatest. There's
ain't never gonna be no more Muhammed Ali.
Or is there? If you fancy changing a bit of history, you can pit yourself
against a mate or take part in the computer controlled championship right to the
final title fight.
In championship mode you pick your fighter from a team of four eyebrow bashers
(if one gets knocked out you keep on boxing until you run out of men). For the
hot heeled action itself the screen is divided into two halves to give first
person perspective of each fighter. You see your opponent's head and shoulders
only (though there is a mini overhead view) and select your punches using the
Points are awarded for number and success of punches thrown and unless there's a
TKO (technical knock out), a display at the end of the fight shows how the decision
was awarded on points. If both players get the same points, the winner is the guy
who was highest on style. Far out, eh?
Simulating boxing without including a ring, a referee or even the boxers' legs -
doesn't sound overly promising and erm... well, it isn't really.
The graphics look very nice but the boxing itself is really basic.
You don't need
much coordination to throw a few punches at a static face and the whole idea of
timing them is made pretty ridiculous bt the fact that you've got to keep
switching you attention to different halves of the screen. Unless you're
a really die-hard boxing fan, I'd think twice about buying this.
You've got to admit, this is a pretty unusual way to stage a boxing sim and as far
as the graphics go, it actually seems to work. Fists come towards you out of the
screen and you can see exactly what sort of effect your punches have had on the
Trouble is, the gameplay just doesn't match up to any of that. Because it's literally
head to head, there's very little skill involved: no matching your movement
with your strokes, just plain old waggling the joystick around and pressing fire.
Make sure you know what you're getting before you buy.