THE BIG K.O.
Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade; Boxing Match With Cartoony Sprites
Standalone Release(s) : 1987: THE BIG K.O., Tynesoft, £7.95
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron Side A, BBC Side B
Actual compatibility : As stated
Supplier : TYNESOFT, Unit 3 Addison Industrial Estate, Blaydon, TYNE & WEAR NE21 4TE. Tel: 091 414 4611
Disc compatibility : Unknown
"Compete against eight increasingly more aggressive opponents in this unique boxing simulation which stretches your computer to the limits. Super size sprites, superb animation and a touch of humour make this a game not to be missed. One or two players. Keyboard/joystick."
You compete against the following opponents each of which are attributed with various strengths and weaknesses:
1. Heap Big Nose
2. Strongman Joe
3. Stippo the Steamer
4. Handsome "Devil"
5. Hairy Harry
6. Roger Rattash
7. Groovy Man
8. Cheap 'N Nasty
If you win a match against an opponent, you will be given a code word and you can use this to commence fighting at a higher level when re-starting the game.
Boxer 1 : <SHIFT> - Left, Z - Right, D - Up, X - Down, F - Punch
Boxer 2 : <,> - Left, <.> - Right, <:> - Up, </> - Down, <RETURN> - Punch
Boxer 2's keys only applicable when playing in two player mode. All keys are redefinable.
<CURSOR LEFT>/<CURSOR RIGHT> - Pause On/Off
If using a joystick, Left/Right movement will move boxer accordingly. Diagonally Up/Right and diagonally Down/Right in conjunction with Fire Button will initiate an Upper/Lower Punch.
Instructions' Source : THE BIG K.O. (Tynesoft) Back Inlay and Booklet
Review (Electron User) - "It's A Knockout!"
The noble art of boxing comes to the Electron courtesy of Tynesoft. Trade blows with eight mean opponents on your way to THE BIG KO.
On loading you are presented with a very comprehensive menu. You can have a one or two player game using either joystick or keyboard. Options are also there for sound on or off, user-defined keys, load or save the high-score table and load a new boxer.
You have to press three keys to throw a punch - a combination of left/right, head/body and punch. Using this system - and a little skill - you can launch a flurry of different blows that will penetrate your opponent's guard.
The graphics used are very large with each boxer one third of the screen in height. A punch which lands on target is registered with a thud and a visible
response from the other fighter - either a flinch or, in the case of Sippo the clown, a nose which lights up.
Before the bout begins your four punches are listed in order of power, so too are those of your opponent. This information can be used to formulate a plan of attack - which can be surprisingly effective.
In the first bout you face Heap Big Nose, a redskin with a tendency to stick his chin out too far. Lefts and rights to the head will soon leave him with reservations.
While fighting you will see two horizontal bands above the fighters. The green one represents strength - don't let this fall to zero or you'll be powerless to defend yourself. The blue bar is the KO meter - once this has reached 100 per cent your opponent will go down.
Following your victory you are given a password which is requested before you are allowed to load the next boxer. Eight fighters are supplied on the cassette so leave the play key down when the game has loaded.
After much sweating, shouting and keyboard bashing, I had fought my way through to the fourth bruiser. Handsome Devil, as he is known to his fans, is a rather robust chap with the complexion of a lobster and some suspiciously pointed ears. My best result so far against this beast is taking him to the third round before losing.
THE BIG KO is one of the best boxing games I have played on any computer. It requires skill, concentration, cunning and - most of all - a cast iron chin.
Sound ........................... 7
Graphics ........................ 8
Playability ..................... 9
Value for money ................. 9
Overall ......................... 9
Jon Revis, ELECTRON USER 4. 6