Body Blows

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Around the time of the Amiga version of Street Fighter 2, Amiga specialists Team 17 came up with a similar one on one beat 'em up, designed around the machine's strengths and weaknesses.

In one-player mode you have four characters to choose from - brothers Dan and Nik play identically, Lo-Ray is a Buddhist Monk, and Junior a failed boxer.

The opponents include a Ninja warrior, a businessman whose post-fight catchphrase is 'I'm sorry about that', and a thin Spanish girl. The backdrops feature lots of color and animation, varying from wrestling rings to building sites and beaches.

The control is designed around one-button controllers, with special moves generated by pushing in a certain direction and pressing fire, and one 'super special' move by holding fire for a few seconds. The real skill is in combining these moves effectively.


Body Blows Amiga Kossak and Nik inside the building (AGA version)
Body Blows Amiga Mike challenges Loray at the construction site.
Body Blows Amiga Maria fights with Junior
Body Blows DOS Fighting with the invincible Max...

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Bad, even for a DOS fighting game. DOS Neville (2054)

Critic Reviews

Play Time Amiga May, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Freak Amiga Aug, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Games Amiga Apr, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Génération 4 Amiga Oct, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Pelit Amiga Apr, 1993 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1993 62 out of 100 62
WIZ DOS Dec, 1993 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Amiga May, 1993 60 out of 100 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1993 6 out of 12 50


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Enhanced edition

One year after the original Amiga release, Team 17 published an enhanced version of Body Blows based on the modified engine of the game used in the sequel - Body Blows Galactic and Ultimate Body Blows. The new version could be used only on Amigas equipped with an AGA chipset (all the graphics were redrawn from scratch). The game consisted of many new things: the possibility to choose all the characters instead of only four in a single player mode, resting time of the characters after three times fall, "mercy mode", three speed levels, changed game interface, improved handling and steering, smoother animation. Amongst new things, there is also a new type of 2 player mode called "Tag Team". The difficulty level of the whole game is a bit lower and the characters more or less were kept on the similar strength and power abilities.
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