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Description

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.

Screenshots

Body Blows DOS Max against his "inner self".
Body Blows DOS Fighting with the invincible Max...
Body Blows Amiga Title screen
Body Blows Amiga Maria fights with Junior

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User Reviews

Bad, even for a DOS fighting game. DOS Neville (2861)
A PC beat em-up is always welcome DOS Iron Lord (44)

Critic Reviews

Play Time Amiga May, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Freak Amiga Aug, 1993 92 out of 100 92
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 06, 2006 5 out of 6 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Games Amiga Apr, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Games Amiga Oct, 1994 74 out of 100 74
WIZ DOS Dec, 1993 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Amiga May, 1993 60 out of 100 60
High Score DOS Nov, 1993 3 out of 5 60
Power Play DOS Oct, 1993 52 out of 100 52

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Trivia

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.

References

The obvious reference existing in the game is the last opponent. His name is Max and you need to fight him twice: once when he is in his human form and the second time when he is in his true exoskeleton form named T-17 and looks exactly as T-800 from "Terminator" movie.

Cheat mode

The game consists of a built-in cheat mode. Among many other things one of its features is giving the possibility to play as Max.

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