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If you own a 32X, you'll probably want this version over the Genesis version. They sell for the same price, so why not? Still, Genesis owners who don't have a 32X aren't missing much. Toughman didn't get any tougher this round.
Mega Play Magazine
Toughman Contest is very much like Punch-Out, but the difference is that here there are loads of cooler special punches for your fighter. You can even customize his attacks. Great graphics, but the sound needs work.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
There are a few boxing games from the 16-bit era that are better than this, including the sequel to the game Toughman Contest seems to mimic. The Sega produced Greatest Heavyweights is also a strong match. On the 32X though, this is all you'll find in the boxing ring, and it's a surprising and enjoyable arcade boxer worth tracking down (especially over the Genesis version).
Toughman may not be any sort of gaming masterpiece, and it's definitely not for everyone, but if you dig the style and have a few friends willing to attempt to beat the toughman contest, it is definitely worth the interest.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
If you've seen the Genesis version, then all that his can offer you is better graphics and sounds. That's the one thing I hate about games being ported over to a higher system. It's nice to see better graphics and sounds, but this is all eye candy to me. I'd rather see new boxers or even add some more moves to the boxers themselves. Overall, it's a great game from start to finish.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
The characters are big and the animation is good, but the control lacked a little finesse. It looks just like the Genesis version, too. The game includes two-time Toughman finalist Butter Bean.
EA Sports people have told me Toughman Contest is not comparable to Super Punch-Out because TC is a totally different game. It's different all right, but different isn't necessarily better or even as good. TC has the words "three hour rental" written all over it.
The Video Game Critic
The 32X version of this boxing game plays better, but lacks some of the charm of the Genesis version. Toughman plays similar to Nintendo's Punch Out games, with your boxer being a green outline. The action is fast and furious, and there are plenty of punches and special moves. The backgrounds look more realistic than the Genesis version, but are less animated and not as interesting (or funny). Only one babe introduces the rounds, no matter where you fight, unlike the Genesis version, which has a different girl for each location. The responsive control is the star of the game, but it will make your fingers very tired.
Toughman Contest uses the 32X for visual boosts instead of gameplay enhancements, making this boxer something you can pick up on the Genesis and lose out on very little. The control issues and difficulty keep Toughman at arm's length for most. If you're assembling a 32X library, put this one on your second- or third-tier get-list.