Body Blows

Body Blows

Infobox VG| title = Body Blows

developer = Team17
publisher = Team17
designer = Martyn Brown, Cedric McMillan JR., Danny Burke
engine =
released = March, 1993
genre = Versus fighting game
modes = Single player, Two player
ratings = N/A
platforms = Amiga, CDTV, DOS
media = 3 floppy disks
requirements = 1MB RAM
input = Joystick

Body Blows is an Amiga Versus fighting game game. It was released in 1993 by Team 17. [cite web |url= |title=Team 17 official website with release details |accessdate=2007-03-19 |format=HTML |work= ] The game is compatible with all Amiga systems, including the CDTV system with joystick support. It was followed by Body Blows Galactic and Ultimate Body Blows. A version for DOS was also released. The game has a lot of similarities to Street Fighter 2, for example, both had a projectile, rising uppercut and spinning kick special moves and played identically (as with Ryu and Ken). [Dan Slingsby;(Jan 1993);"Body Blows" Preview in "CU Amiga" ;(Jan 1993);pp39-40]

Game play

There are three modes of play in Body Blows
# One Player (Arcade mode). This mode involves the player selecting a character to battle opponents until they face a battle with MAX
# Two Player. This mode allows two players to take control of joysticks and fight each other using a character they desire
# Tournament. This mode lets four or eight players to play a tournament against each other


There are 11 characters in Body Blows. In one player mode the player can choose to play as 1 of 4 characters, Nik, Dan, Junior or Lo Ray. In other modes players can select from 10 of the characters in the game.

Main Contenders

*Nik is the brother of Dan and the down town gang leader. He hates his brother.
*Dan is the elder brother of Nik and a rival gangland rebel, he shadows his brother's moves every step of the way.
*Junior is a British boxer.
*Lo Ray is a Buddhist monk who left his Shaolin Temple seeking fame and fortune on the prize fighting circuit.

Other characters

*Max (Was playable in the PC version via a cheat.)

Technical Information

Body Blows is Compatible with Amiga 500, 500+, 600, 1200, 2000, 3000, 4000, and CDTV systems. It requires at least 1MB of RAM and can utilise extra memory that's installed on the system. It has four channel stereo music, speech and sound effects. Full Pal Screen scrolling at 50 Hz. Non-hard drive installable. 32 Colours.

Body Blows cannot be installed on a hard drive as it uses non Amiga standard disks.


Body Blows was successful and stayed at number 1 in the full price charts for 5 weeksFact|date=March 2007. It was instantly compared to the more popular and long time successful Street Fighter II, with many reviews suggesting it is the better game (at least compared to the Amiga version).Fact|date=August 2008 The following are some of the review results the game received from Amiga specific magazines at around the time of the game's release.

:"The best beat-em up money can buy" - 91% - CU Amiga [CU Amiga review ] :"Not as good as the console sf2, but it's a very close thing" - 87% - Amiga Format [Amiga Format Review] :"If you thought Streetfighter II was the business, think again" - 92% - The One [ Amiga review] :"A true corker of a game with undeniable influences" - 89% - Amiga Power [Amiga Power review]

ee also

*Fighting games
*List of Amiga games
*Team 17
*List of fighting games


External links

*moby game|id=/body-blows|name="Body Blows"

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