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Barry McGuigan World Champoinship Boxing

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Released: 1985

Genre: Sports

Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Troy Lyndon

Submitted by: Alex Holmes

Widely regarded as one of the best 8 bit sports games of all time, Barry McGuigan boxing was an instant hit when it was released in the mid 80's and recieved some very good review scores.  And I can still remember my dad buying this game and we spent many an hour on this slugfest.

Playing as a new contender, you must rise the ranks to become the number one challenger to Barry McGuigan himself.  Along the way you encounter such sluggers as "Flash" Fenwick, "Shamrock" O'Leary and "Lucky" Lou Lyndon, who are all climbing the ranks themselves in their bid to become the heavyweight champion.

When starting out, players decide on things such as ring colours and fighting and character style.  And before each match a visit to the gym is essential to fine tune your fighter on power, speed and enduarnce.

The controls are fairly responsive and make good use of both the stick and fire button to move your boxer and use punches and blocks.  And the graphics are nice and colourful with bold sprites which move well.  And the career mode requires a fair amount of commitment to reach the number one spot, so theres plenty of longevity with this game.