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4-D Boxing

DOS - 1991

Also available on: Amiga - FM Towns

Alt names 4Dボクシング, 4D Sports Boxing
Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States
Genre Sports
Theme Boxing
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc., Mindscape International Ltd.
Developer Distinctive Software, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Fixed / Flip-screen, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
3.84 / 5 - 45 votes

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Arguably THE best action-oriented boxing game ever made for the PC, 4-D Boxing is a revolutionary sports title from Distinctive Software that does to the boxing genre what Stunts does for racing.

Trixter in his review at MobyGames says it all about this Hall of Belated Fame entrant: "No other PC game has captured the feel of boxing as well as 4-D Boxing. The Good:The 3D engine in 4-D Boxing was not a gimmick; at the time, it truly was a whole new way to simulate boxing in a computer game. The camera wasn't fixed--you could play through the eyes of your boxer, from ringside, from a fixed isometric view, overhead, whatever. You could even play through the eyes of your opponent. It's a real trip to stare yourself in the face as you beat "yourself" up.

The moves were rotoscoped fairly well, leading to life-like movements, swings, hooks, and uppercuts. The Bad:Dialing down the detail to a ludicrously low level (stick figures without heads) was the game's idea of "running acceptably on an 8088". I had a 386, so I was fine, but it made playing the game against a friend difficult if your friend had a slow machine. The price we pay for innovation... While most of the moves looked realistic, jabs were oddly unrealistic. It was rediculously easy (although quite fun) to beat the computer in the first ten or so matches by swinging non-stop roundhouse right and left hooks to the face. (And disturbingly satisfying to hear each punch land. :-)

The Bottom Line:4-D Boxing had a feel that no other computer boxing game has captured since, even 8 years after it's release. While there have been a few console boxing games that come close (including one for 3DO that was heavily influenced by 4-D Boxing), nothing satisfies the need to box like 4-D Boxing. And it runs great on modern machines, so try to pick up a copy."

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

DJ Lem 2021-03-24 0 point DOS version

One of THE BEST 90s sports sims... while the polygon shaped boxers might turn someone off at first - trust me when i say this game is highly technical and one of the most fun sports games in the 90s.

Kyle 2020-11-08 1 point

This is way better Than Mike Tyson Punch out for NES.

mokos 2020-05-10 1 point DOS version

weird. i remember the game having midi based music but this version has tracker based stuff? fak man. choosing roland mt on the setup didnt change that though. so im extremely confused now. dos version that is.

King Chong 2018-04-25 -1 point

I was able to hex edit my fighter to be able to knock out the champ in 2 rounds.

Suds 2018-03-02 0 point DOS version

Yes! Thank you for posting this as I was trying to remember the name of this game. I have fond memories of this game. I'd create the biggest, tallest dude I could and just had a blast throwing the left & right haymakers. It played great for the time.

dewster 2018-01-18 2 points DOS version

I played the heck out of this back in the day. If you use a joystick and "stir" it to generate a bunch of different punches you'll get far. There was a bug in the original, Smokin' Joe Blow has a much harder punch then his bar graph shows, I think it's a modulo error. Head to head he can almost beat the champ! Still think to myself now and then "Wilma Headhurt" LOL!

Mamutt 2015-07-16 -6 points DOS version

This game was the BEST boxing game around for his time. There could be better graphics like other games, but the gameplay was very, very good. Recomended!!!

Frank 2014-07-04 4 points DOS version

Run BOXE.BAT to apply the crack. When it asks for the boxer's name, type anything and hit enter.

indstr 2014-02-10 1 point DOS version

I remember this as one of the first games I downloaded and played on my 486 DX2/40 in 1993. Great memories!

MarkTheMorose 2014-01-12 1 point DOS version

There are probably two or more different cracks of this game going around. The one I have (downloaded from XTC) says to run FIGHT.EXE although there is only a FIGHT.COM present.

The version here on MyA seems to have the solution built-in; there is a batch file called boxe.bat. This calls an included program called crack, then runs 4dbmcga, presumably a mono-CGA version of the game. You could edit this file to say 4dbcga or 4dbega for the other included versions.

There is also a file called boxepass.txt which lists the fighter names and physical descriptions.

Hope that helps.

Jegas 2013-12-31 -1 point DOS version

UNABLE TO PLAY - NO PASSWORDS - You need list of Boxers pictures and their names for copy-protection.

How to use: Download, extract, use dosBox and mount the extracted directory as DRIVE A:. Then mount drive C: somewhere on your harddrive.

Run the Setup program. It will copy stuff to c:\boxing according to DosBox. You can then go in there and run BOX.BAT on drive C:

Note the install did PAUSE for me while copying - I thought it choked - but after a few seconds it continued on as if nothing happened - and finished installing successfully.

Now I watched the DEMO - in the game - cute - old school graphics with real 3d poly manipulation on 2d backgrounds.

But When I tried to "fight" in expedition? I got hit with a copy-protection question I could answer: Name this (picture) Boxer? I couldn't - game over - Dos Prompt! LOL. So - without the codes.... I dunno. I did find the manual here:

I was unable to find the codes. One forum said run FIGHT to avoid password - there isn't a FIGHT.EXE or FIGHT.BAT or anything - so the game looks fun - but I can't play it.

rick 2012-02-14 -2 points DOS version

where are the passwords to play?

FatRod 2011-12-23 0 point DOS version

Great game!!!! you can create your own boxer and fight for the championship!!! awesome for its era! download it if you like boxing.

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