Endorsed by André Panza, this video game adaptation of Thai kick boxing features over 35 moves. Use the training gym to build up your character's abilities until you feel ready to take on an opponent. You also have the ability to customize your attacks. When you are ready, go to the ring to take on various opponents as you try to become the best kick boxer in the game.
Apparently, Panza Kick Boxing is seen as one of the best fighting games for the Amiga. This game is a good conversion for the PC platform.
The game features both single and multi player mode. The single player mode also offers a career game. You start off with a kick boxer having some random - low - physical capacities, namely strength, resistance and reflex. You can train your boxer to improve these stats. You will improve your resistance by skipping-rope, strength by weightlifting and finally your reflexes by kicking moving targets. However, when using keyboard controls, the training sessions are very difficult. Training and boxing opponents makes you stronger and enables you to challenge better boxers. Ultimately, you can challenge the best boxer, André Panza himself - being an actual triple world champion.
A nice and unique feature - as far as I know - is the presence of "programmable moves". From the main menu you can assign 13 moves per match from the staggering 55 modes available. It takes some trying before fully understanding how to use deals, but you will figure this out after not too long. During a match, you will hit your opponent when one of your blows hits a non-protected part of your opponent's body (head, torso, and thigh). When you are too far or close, your action will miss. Obviously you or the opponent can also block attacks. In the upper-left and -right corner of the screen are 4 light projectors. These indicate the physical strength of the boxers. When they are all turned black the boxer is knocked out.
The game supports CGA, EGA and VGA graphics with PC bleeper or Adlib sound. The (VGA) graphics look decent enough, with some smooth animations. The (Adlib) sound is functional, but nothing more than that. The game can be operated by joystick (unfortunately I could not test this) or by keyboard, with the buttons or , together with the eight directions on the numeric keypad. A big shame is that the training sessions weightlifting and skipping-rope are very difficult with the keypad. I couldn't complete them even after several attempts.
All in all, it is a good fighting game. The game is more than just hitting the attack buttons as fast as possible; it actually asks for some skill. At the same time, it is not the fastest action-paced fighting game, which might not be what you want.
Panza Kick Boxing is a very nice PC conversion of the classic Amiga kick boxing game by French company Futura. Probably one of the best fighting games ever made (and one of the few Thai boxing games in existence). Features good smooth animations, easy but still complex enough controls which make up for great gameplay. The character development option with a training gym, where you can improve your boxer's abilities is also very nice - as is the option to customize your attacks. The PC conversion even features all the samples from the Amiga game including the cool title tune by Michel Winogradoff. Sadly, there is no soundblaster driver for them but just sample-drivers for the PC speaker and adlib sound card.
The game has some problems on modern computers such as the demo showing up after a couple of milli-seconds on the menu screen, giving you hardly any time to choose the various options. A slow-down util might help.
Note: if you like the game, also check out the better but lesser-known sequel called Best of the Best, also on this site :)
A surprisingly well done conversion from the Amiga version means that Panza Kick Boxing looks as good also is the exact same game as seen on the Amiga. It is one of the few games focusing on the less known kick boxing sport and it does very well in this.
You can build your character in the game both during the matches but also in the gym where you can also customize your boxer. During a boxing match there are several different moves to choose from and the animation of the characters are extremely well done as well. The sounds are great as well and the developers have tried to copy over as much of the music from the Amiga version as well which is different than many other conversions that have been done from the Amiga format to the PC format. These have often ended up with EGA graphics and poor PC speaker sounds. This is not the case with Panza Kick Boxing at all.
A well done game and at least in my opinion the nest kick boxing game ever made simply because of the well done graphics, character development and the match engine included. If you are looking for a good fighting game you can't go wrong with Panza Kick Boxing and you will find out that there are many hours of gameplay with this game.
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