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10/01/2012

Amiga Games - Panza Kick Boxing - Classic Commodore Amiga Game

Panza Kick Boxing
This is a classic game on the Commodore Amiga, that for me never quite got the recognition it deserved.

Released by the French company Loriciel in 1990, this game was met with mainly positive reviews, but for some reason never quite acheived the same level of fame as the likes of Body Blows or (the admittedly excellent arcade game) Mortal Kombat.

Still, for those that played it back in the day it must surely be up there with the best of the beat-em-up gaming genre from the 8-bit and 16-bit era. We're talking the likes of Way of the Exploding Fist, Full Contact and Barbarian.

It was also endorsed by Andre Panza (hence the name of the game) who was champion kick-boxer at the time.
One of the best beat em ups on the Amiga
What set this apart from other beat em up arcade games of the era was the customisability available to the player as well as a variety of fighters and moves to choose from.

Once a fighter was selected you were able to customise him with various moves. Each fighter could be equiped with thirteen moves picked from a total of fifty five - allowing the player to experiment with different fighting styles and techniques.

All of the moves available for selected were geniune moves from the real art making the game a geniune representation of kick-boxing appealing to fans of the real art and gamers alike.

Train your fighter to the max
You also had to train your game character; you could choose the amount of strength, stamina (resistance) and speed training (reflexes) prior to a fight with various exercises in the gym hall. This would determine how much damage you could doll out, how much punishment you could take as well as your speed around the ring.

A round-kick to the face is always a stinger
The actual arcade action in the game was well implemented too. Each fighter was very well animated and moved in a life-like manner. Punches and kicks were textbook perfect and there great in-fight moments as a fighter was doubled up from a blow to the ribs or dollops of spittle would fly from a hook to the head. Great stuff!

The aim of this classic game was to fight your way from the bottom of the rankings to the top to eventually take on and defeat the champion. With a huge variety of moves to pick from, increasing your fighters skill and superb animation this was a game that would keep you coming back for more.

All in all this was a great game that not even the referee's annoying voice could spoil!

That's a slightly camp top for a kick-boxer

We recommend getting hold of the real Amiga hardware - but if not then download an Amiga emulator and download Panza Kick Boxing. Alternatively you could try and play it online.

Please see our other Amiga retro game reviews - all links are listed in alphabetical order. Cheers guys.

GENRE: Arcade Game
RELEASE DATE: 1990
RELEASED BY: Loriciel
DEVELOPER(S): Nicolas Massonnat, Marco de Flores, Michel Winogradoff
PRICE: £24.99 - UK

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4 comments:

thebucketdiary said...

I remember spending many hours on this game.

r4 3ds card said...

I play this game many time in my Friend's house and i really enjoy to play it. It is good boxing game to play. We can use the different boxing movies to play this game.

man and van said...

I love to play the fighting game and Panza Kick Boxing is the game which i play most. The fighting moves of this game are very unique.

Jeremy said...

This was one of my favourites on the Amiga and I re-discovered it later on the Megadrive as Best of the Best. It retains much of the Amiga original's charm. I still play it regularly today.

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