ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing
DOS - 1991
Also available on: Amiga
Description of ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing
ABC's Wide World of Sport Boxing is essentially the same game as Cinemaware's TV Sports Boxing, with the added chrome of Dan Dierdorf, sportscaster of ABC Sports channel.
From my review of TV Sports Boxing on this site: "Cinemaware ended its acclaimed TV Sports series on a high note, with a game that remains one of the best boxing games ever made. TV Sports Boxing lets you create your own boxer from a wide range of body color, hair color, trunks color, and boxing style. You start with a fixed number of skill points which are used toward selecting you boxers skills, which include punching power, stamina, conditioning, strength and cuts. You start with a team of trainer and promoter. When you make money from winning bouts, you can hire better trainers and promoters.
Your goal is to fight your way to higher rankings and eventually champion. Your promoter will suggest opponents, but you can accept or decline hoping for a different opponent. The higher ranking your opponent is, the more money you make from a fight. Win a fight and your ranking will go up, lose and it will go down. The fighting itself is a lot of fun and requires skills as well as reflexes. You learn what your opponents weaknesses are and exploit them.
The boxers are represented on screen with excellent digitized players who display convincing motion when they swing hooks or uppercuts, and it is easy to tell when your boxer is taking a beating. With fluid animation, lots of atmosphere that is Cinemaware's hallmark, great control interface, and a wide variety of opponents that truly use different boxing styles, TV Sports Boxing is a must play for every boxing fan."
In short, if you haven't played TVSB, this ABC Sports edition is a better choice as it is the same game, but updated with more features and real-life boxers. If you have already played TVSB, then there is little reason to play this edition except to hear Dan Dierdorf's voice. Two thumbs up, way up!
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Saturn 2018-08-01 -1 point DOS version
I have looked everywhere and I cannot find or figure out any controls other than moving back and forth or changing between crouching or standing, such a disappointment.
freds_shadow 2015-06-28 3 points DOS version
I loved playing this game. You have 30 npc boxers, and up to 10 of your own. You can watch any bout without actually participating, even your own. I'd watch npcs fighting each other just because I always felt the auto-generated results weren't accurate.
Two gripes were that eventually the game would run out of names, so that after 200 or 300 boxers you'd end up with NPC's with names consisting of random letters, numbers and symbols.
The other gripe is that you'd sometimes get NPC phenoms who'd rockeet up the ranking much faster than you ever could and achieve levels that your own boxers couldn't hope to aspire to. The only way to beat these would be on points.
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