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Steve Cattell
1985
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
£6.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Ross Holman, Roger Willis, Rick Robson
Chris Bourne

Roger: The boxing scenario seems fine in theory but the packaging graphic is about as dramatic as the game isn't.

The player takes on the role of the Italian Stallion and is required to slap Slugger Sam around, decking the poor old has-been three times, and therefore qualifying for a title fight with Bald Bully. Score is accrued by successfully landing whacks in the gob or knuckles in his guts and is lost by either receiving blows without blocking them or hitting the opponent's guard. To be fair to the game, it's a difficult technique to master and I spent a lot of time as a victim of surprise circumstance - lying down for an unplanned rest in the ring.

You're unlikely to get much better than me, though, because the graphics are so dreary and unexciting. Two dimensional, side view imagery and jerky movements lack wit or thrills, and the feeling of disappointment is aggravated by slow contra response. Come back Henry Cooper, all is forgiven... 1/5 MISS

Rick: Sure, it's the trickiest to beat but why would you want to. The graphics and sound are below bog-standard when matched against the other two. 2/5 MISS

Ross: This is comic book stuff without the humour. Alligata must be cursing its luck having seen the other two on the market. 2/5 MISS

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