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By Fair Means or Foul

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On ST and Amiga features a full range of jabs, uppercuts and weaves. All fights take place to realistic WBA rules, as you aim to rise the rankings and fight for the title. The crowd frequently shout encouragement and insults, which are displayed using speech bubbles.

The 8-bit game is a little different, featuring illegal moves such as kicks and groin punches. There is a referee, so you'll have to wait for him to look away before using those moves. Fights last 15 rounds, and a knockout ends that round, not the entire fight.


By Fair Means or Foul Commodore 64 Choose an opponent
By Fair Means or Foul Amstrad CPC When the ref is asleep, you can get away with anything.
By Fair Means or Foul Commodore 64 Oooh! I'm down for the count!
By Fair Means or Foul ZX Spectrum But lost the war

Alternate Titles

  • "Pro Boxing Simulator" -- Codemasters release title

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 338 out of 1000 34
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 332 out of 1000 33
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 25 out of 100 25


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Codemasters re-release

The Codemasters re-releases under the name Pro Boxing Simulator were merely the old Superior Software game By Fair Means or Foul, with new packaging and a new title screen. The packaging was completely redesigned, featuring what were described as 'various computer screenshots', and game from the ST and Amiga version. Worse, the front cover identified the game as a 'new release'.

Understandably a lot of people were cross when they spend £3 on a game it turned out they already had. Codemasters were forced to offer refunds to these people, and change the packaging to make the game's origins clear.
Contributed to by Sciere (251707), Martin Smith (63162) and Terok Nor (18433)