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Final Blow is an action game based around the sport of boxing. You can play the fighters in a sequence of knock-out competitions, (the computer versions also include a round-robin league). Rounds last one minute, with a short break in between them. As in the real sport, your aim is to knock your opponent down for 10 seconds, by gradually weakening him with a series of punches. You can block punches, to avoid them inflicting damage onto you. The ring is of a limited size, so players can be cornered, although the referee will intervene to break the boxers up if they become entangled in a stalemate position.

The Genesis version is not to be confused with the Master System game of the same name, which is entirely different.


Final Blow Atari ST Pre-fight screen
Final Blow Atari ST Already forcing him towards the side
Final Blow Commodore 64 Practice match
Final Blow Atari ST Another of the available fighters

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Alternate Titles

  • "James 'Buster' Douglas Knockout Boxing" -- US Genesis title
  • "ファイナル・ブロー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Raze Genesis Sep, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Play Time Amiga Jan, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 03, 2009 C 50 Genesis May 14, 2009 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1991 6 out of 12 50
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1992 47 out of 100 47
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1991 45 out of 100 45
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Oct, 1991 410 out of 1000 41
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1992 35 out of 100 35


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Version differences

The Genesis US and European versions, named James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing, have The Detroit Kid's name and palette swapped to James Buster Douglas and also feature a new boxer, Iron Head.
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