World Championship Boxing Manager - Rerelease
Copyright/Publisher: Goliath Games, Release Year: 1990, Genre: Boxing, Number Of Players: 1
Okay, let's get the old clichés out of the way, 'know what I mean 'Arry', 'I could've
been a contender', and not forgetting the classic Sly Stallone quote, 'huun waan Rocky
nuuh'. MARK 'BRAIN-DEAD' CASWELL throws in the towel (and the sponge, and the shower gel).
This game isn't strictly about the noble pugilistic sport of bashing another human's
face to a bloody pulp. The player takes up the role of a boxing manager, controlling up
to five fighters. As in all management games the player has decisions to make.
In World Championship Boxing Manager you have three locations in which to make them:
the Gym, Physio and the Office where the game begins.
A movable cursor highlights the available options. A filing cabinet holds various info
on your boxers, a phone puts you in contact with other promoters and a calendar allows
you to whizz through the days to the next fight.
Exiting the office door shows you the two other portals. Training's very important so
you should send your boys to the Gym as soon as possible. This prepares the boxers for a
fight - arranged on the 'dog and bone' with other managers. A trip to the Physio makes
sure your boys are fighting fit. Fight night is always on Saturday and, whether your guys
are fighting or not, you're invited to the ringside.
If you decide to watch a match, prepare to catch a few ZZZs. This is because the action
is represented by a running text commentary. I personally think it's best to skip the
match and grab the condensed highlights.
There are ten rounds per match, and between each you can decide which fighting style
to use and tend to any wounds your guy has acquired. If a KO isn't achieved within the
ten rounds, a judges' decision is sought. And so it goes on until your fighter becomes
world champion, and beats the likes of Frank Bruno, Sugar Ray Leonard and Phil 'floats
like a steam roller' King.
World Championship Boxing Manager isn't really my cup of proverbial tea. I don't mind
some managerial type games but in this one there isn't a great deal to do. Training consists
of choosing the amount of days to spend in the Gym, and in the Physio room you can only
see the stats on the boxer's health. Not exactly action-packed!
The biggest excitement of the game is the actual boxing match - if you enjoy watching
reams of text scroll up the page, that is. Train spotters will probably be the only people
who'll buy this game; the rest of us will find watching an episode of Eldorado more