Around the time of the Amiga version of Street Fighter 2, Amiga specialists Team 17 came up with a similar one on one beat 'em up, designed around the machine's strengths and weaknesses.
In one-player mode you have four characters to choose from - brothers Dan and Nik play identically, Lo-Ray is a Buddhist Monk, and Junior a failed boxer.
The opponents include a Ninja warrior, a businessman whose post-fight catchphrase is 'I'm sorry about that', and a thin Spanish girl. The backdrops feature lots of color and animation, varying from wrestling rings to building sites and beaches.
The control is designed around one-button controllers, with special moves generated by pushing in a certain direction and pressing fire, and one 'super special' move by holding fire for a few seconds. The real skill is in combining these moves effectively.
Body Blows is without a doubt one of the greatest beat-'em-up games of the 90's. It was originally written for the Amiga, and shortly afterwards a PC version was released, keeping almost everything that made the Amiga version so popular: music, sound effects, excellent graphics and completely original fighters.
Each fighter has his own unique moves (unlike Mortal Kombat, for example, where all characters use the same or similar kicks and punches). There is a total of ten characters to choose from, and fights between them are all very different.
Combat keys are kept simple and straightforward - one key for kicking, one key for punching, and one for the special move that is unique to each character. If you're thinking gameplay might suffer because of that, you are very wrong. Body Blows is in fact one of the most entertaining beat-'em-ups ever.
In addition to the standard one-on-one combat mode, there is also a tournament mode where you will have to beat all the standard available characters, plus an evil android called Max. Two player mode is also supported, either using a split keyboard or a joystick. Just one more word is necessary - respect!
Very fast fight game, with stunning graphics. You can play with different kinds of characters against each other. Look a bit like streetfighter and that kinds of games. The sounds are also pretty okay!
This game has no real story line behind it, as far as I could see but none-the-less it is still a popular game that is loved by many people. Its been said that "you're a real man if you get the demo of Body Blows because you can't afford Street Fighter" and I can tell you; if you had the choice between Body Blows and Street Fighter, BB would win hands down. You have the choice of 10 characters, each of whom have their own special strengths and a bit of a story behind them. When you first enter the game, if you sit there for a minute or two it'll go through all the players and you can learn a little bit about them and try and decide who you'll use based on that. Once inside the game, you have the option of a 1 Player game, 2 Player game, Arcade game, or competing in a Tournament which works on a knock out basis. If you win, you're in; If you lose, you're out - may the best fighter win!
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