Atari 2600 Game
Produced by: Activision
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Year of Release: 1980
Top down perspective Boxing game from Activision for the Atari 2600. This was the second game Activision ever made. The graphics are simple, (with big chunky characters). But it is still a pretty fun game. You might get bored just playing against the computer, (I would suggest a human opponent).
From the instruction manual
HOW TO BE A CHAMPION AT BOXING
Tips from Bob Whitehead, designer of Boxing
Bob Whitehead, a senior member of Activision's design team, began designing games for the Atari system in 1977 and worked on numerous well-known game titles. He is busily at work on new games for Activision.
"I wanted Boxing to be fun to play the first time you try it, but I designed some little tricks into the game that will make it more challenging the more you play.
"You'll find that the way to win at Boxing it to hit and dance, hit and dance (just like the pros). Draw off your opponent's jabs by making him punch while you're dancing quickly out of his reach. And watch out! When he gets behind, he gets better. But hang in there is you get behind; after the first minute (of each two-minute bout), the computer gets a little tired, and his reactions slow down. Come on strong at the end of the round and you might still catch him. By the way, I shortened the rounds to 2 minutes because... well, you'll see why when you've gone a couple rounds.
"Your best strategy for winning is to jab your opponent until you move him to the ropes, then charge in, mix it up in close, and keep your red button pressed down. You may be able to repeat a punching combination that builds up your point score fast.
"But--please--be fair to newcomers. Give yourself a handicap when you're showing them Boxing. We don't want you to lose your friends.
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This game is valued at around $2 USD. Games with boxes and manuals are worth more.