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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 Amiga Junior with Ninja in Ninja Cavern (AGA version).
Body Blows Amiga Maria fights with Junior
Body Blows DOS Ingame
Body Blows Amiga Title screen

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User Reviews

Bad, even for a DOS fighting game. DOS Neville (3417)
A PC beat em-up is always welcome DOS Iron Lord (44)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Computing Amiga May, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Freak Amiga Aug, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Oct, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Power Amiga Apr, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Games Amiga Apr, 1993 83 out of 100 83
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 06, 2006 5 out of 6 83
Amiga Power Amiga Nov, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Pelit Amiga Apr, 1993 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) DOS Oct, 1993 64 out of 100 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1993 6 out of 12 50

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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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Contributed to by Andy Voss (1875) and Martin Smith (78232)
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