DOS - 1991
Also available on: Amiga
Description of 4-D Boxing
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
Comments and reviews
Mamutt 2015-07-16 0 point 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 0 point 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 0 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 5 points 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 0 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: http://www.lemonamiga.com/games/docs.php?id=7
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.
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