Friday, July 05, 2019

World Championship Boxing Manager


Outside of stock car racing, I can't say that I'm a big sports fan and Boxing is something that has never appealed to me in the slightest. However, in the interest of keeping things as varied as possible, I'm always looking to try new stuff. So, I downloaded World Championship Boxing Manager by Krisalis which they released back in 1991.

Now, I admit to being dubious about anything with "manager" in the name because it usually means boring and just for the uber-geeks. But then I noticed AtariMania had this listed as STe Enhanced which certainly whet my appetite. Well, what can I say, I'm a sucker for anything STe enhanced!! Let's just hope I don't die of boredom. Ha!

  
Here's the place to get things organised and to make sure your fighters are cared for. Gripping stuff.

We're first greeted by a range of dodgy blokes, who are all after a contract, so pick who you fancy before heading out to the office for a hard-days graft. It's here you can arrange a fight, train, view contracts, and even watch a fighter receive his physio. The actual fights are watched from behind the commentators - who will describe everything that is going on for each round. However, I soon felt the lifeforce drain from me, so hit the fast-forward button!!

I can't say I was converted to the sport, or even hooked on this style of game, but I continued on and headed back to my office to see what other wonders awaited for me. It was now that I noticed hands at the right side of the office, but clicking did nothing so I figured it was just part of the background... Well, until I clicked the filing cabinet...

  
The car animation is pretty cool as are the opening scenes within the stadium. Very exciting!

I almost spat my coffee out when I began to watch my assistant walk across the office - for an eye-popping moment in 16-bit sex appeal. Okay, walking in those heels obviously looks tough, but she certainly excelled at handing over my documents!! Come on folks, I'm sure better use of the STe's palette could have been made? lol

So that's about it I'm afraid to say. Boxing Manager isn't a bad game whatsoever and I imagine it will appeal to the fans, but this wasn't ever something I found entertaining. Except for the girl. I can imagine the folk at Goliath Games had themselves a right laugh making this? Overall, strictly one for Boxing enthusiast to drool over.

Floppy disks can be found using Old Games Finder or on Mantronix #6 thanks to Stonish.

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