4D Sports Boxing is a 3D boxing computer game of the 4D Sports series, with motion capture animation, developed by Distinctive Software, Inc. (DSI) from Vancouver under their secondary trade name Unlimited Software. Its first version, 1.0, was published by Mindscape in June 1991. The game was released for PC, Apple Macintosh, Atari ST, Amiga and Fujitsu FM Towns Marty. The Macintosh version has slightly improved graphics, but a smaller screen size.
The game features stylized boxers in polygon-based graphics, composed of triangles, some with names suggestive of non-fictional people.
4D Sports Boxing
All opponent boxers have different fighting styles — some prefer to attack, some to counter-attack. Some (like Smokin' Joe Blow) have great punching power, some have amazing speed; The Champ has nearly perfect attributes. The game is regarded as one of earliest, and possibly first, examples of a 3D head-to-head fighting game. During the game, the player can choose which attributes to improve in his avatar: speed, power or stamina. While fighting, different tactics and strategies can be used, like all-out attacks, counter-attacks, dodging, etc. Sometimes fights end in a unanimous decision, even 15 round fights. Draws and disqualifications are also possibilities.
Illegal 'body blows', which inflict severe damage to the opponent and are accompanied by a unique sound, are an important part of the game. But this must be done while all the judges are looking away, otherwise you are disqualified.
Computer Gaming World stated that the polygon graphics were strange-looking but very accurately modeled boxers' bodies and punches. The magazine concluded that '4D Boxing is an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable game with an effective representation of boxing skills ... a welcome and often-played addition to any sports game library'. That year the magazine named it one of the year's best sports games. In 1994, PC Gamer US named 4D Boxing the 47th best computer game ever.
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All DOS games were controlled directly from the PC keyboard. Some newer DOS games also used a mouse or other more advanced game peripherals for control. However, each game was controlled by different keys. You can find a detailed description of how to control this version of 4D Sports Boxing in the attached game manual. An overview of basic keyboard commands and keyboard shortcuts to control this game is summarized in the following table:
↑↓ or 82
Move forward / move back
←→ or 46
Move left / move right
Move left / move right / block high
Move left / move right / block low
Enter + 7 or 8 or 9
Left hook to head / right straight to head / right hook to head
Enter + 4 or 6
Left hook to body / Right uppercut to head
Enter + 1 or 2 or 3
Left straight to body / right uppercut to body / right hook to body
Shift + 7 or 8 or 9
No effect / stick chin out / bolo punch
Shift + 4 or 6
Shake arm / flurry no.1
Shift + 1 or 2 or 3
Shake head / shuffle / flurry no.2
Ctrl + P
Pause the game.
Ctrl + S
Ctrl + M
Ctrl + X
Exit and quit to DOS.
This version of 4D Sports Boxing was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
Available online emulators:
5 different online emulators are available for 4D Sports Boxing. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game 4D Sports Boxing are summarized in the following table:
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