Copyright/Publisher: Anco Software, Programming By: Mike Murphy,
Graphics By: Martin Ahearne, Music By: Mike Murphy & Martin Ahearne,
Release Year: 1986, Genre: Boxing, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Having been beaten senseless in the vast arrat of contact sports available on computer, you
may now indulge in further oriental culture with Thai Boxing, a strange mixture of martial
artistry and fisticuffs.
The playing screen depicts an elevated view of the combatants, who are situtated before some
suitable Eastern backdrops, presented in corresponding perspective.
At the start of each bout the boxers are seen squatting on floor - the first round then
begins, and they literally leap into action. Each bout consists of three rounds, and at the
end of a round the boxers somersault into new positions ready for the next fight.
The progress of the contest is measured by loss of stamina, as indicated by a pulsing bar
at the top of the screen. Next to this are the boxer's faces. As the bout continues and the action
hots up, the faces begin to show the damage inflicted upon one another. Thus, by the end of the
round they are covered in cuts and blood - which is promptly wiped off by two little men in
Having completed one bout, you progress to the next level. There are six levels in all, each
with a different backdrop and becoming progressively harder.
Control is executed in the usual way: each position of the joystick corresponding to a
different move of the combatant. These are accompanied by suitable sound effects (mainly
consisting of cruncing body noises), and there is some speech on completion of a contest.
The options screen is joystick controlled, and caters for one and two player modes. It also
shows the current state of play at the end of each bout. A high-score table is also provided
which may be saved to tape or disk.
I'm sick and tired of beat'em ups that don't offer anything new or exciting. Thai Boxing
is the same old game with different backdrops. There are a couple of novelties included, like
the way the faces gradually become bloodu and so on. However, unless you've got a bizarre
desire to collect every bash'em up in existance, give Thai Boxing a miss.
As the latest in a now all-too-long line of fighting games, Thai Boxing offers no startling
advance over any of the others available. To be fair, it is competent, if perhaps a little
lacking in variety of movement. The graphics are adequate - the backgrounds being pleasant but
a little sparse. Not bad, but I think it has missed the boat somewhat, especially at its current
Anco have tried something new with this fighting game - changing the angle of view and including
the bloody face meter. But they fail to cover up the fact that it's just another addition to the
already swollen beat'em up market. The other detraction is that the opponents are too easy to
beat, and consequently the fun disappears after a couple of goes. If you haven't already got a
fighting game then you might like to look this up, but if you have, turn your attention to
something more original.