George Foreman's KO Boxing
From Sega Retro
|George Foreman's KO Boxing|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Number of players: 1-2|
George Foreman's KO Boxing is a 1993 boxing video game developed by Beam Software on the Sega Mega Drive. A version was developed on the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System but was basically a repackaged version of Heavyweight Champ by Sims.
In the Mega Drive version the player takes on the role of George Foreman who must defeat other boxers to become the heavyweight champion. The gameplay takes place from a behind the character perspective.
As was typical for many boxing games from around this period, George Foreman is the only "real world" boxer in the game, with all of his opponents being fictional.
The Mega Drive (and SNES) version was originally supposed to feature digitized boxers, but near the end of development, one of the graphic artists demanded that the sprites were hand-drawn.
The Mega Drive and Super NES versions of George Foreman's KO Boxing are broadly similar, however the Super NES version capitalises on the system's larger colour palette and features a number of graphical effects (namely screen transitions) not present in the Mega Drive version. Both versions run with a 256x224 screen resolution at all times, despite the higher 320x224 mode being available on Sega's console.
The Super NES version can also handle digitised speech more effectively - all other sound channels fall silent on the Mega Drive when somebody talks, while the Super NES continues to produce crowd noise and music when this occurs.
The gameplay remains unchanged between both versions.
- Systems Design: Graeme Scott, Brian Post
- GENESIS Programming: Rod Richards
- Character Design: Steve French
- Graphics: Grant Arthur, Ken Newman
- Additional Graphics: Darren Hanna, Joe Rimmer, Greg Holland, Eddy Etyngold
- Music & Sound: Marshall Parker, Andrew Bailey, Trevor Nuridin
- Voice Characterisation: George Foreman, Grant Arthur, Brian Post, Gavan Anderson, Paul Kidd, Peter McInnes, Ian Malcolm, Harry Vontelas
- Quality Assurance: Ann Davie, Brian Uniacke, Chris Tan
- Beam Producers: Adam Lancman, Sue Anderson
- Acclaim Development by "The White Team": Dan Feinstein, Tom Gibson, Donn Nauert
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: George Foreman's KO Boxing/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, US|
|Mega Drive, FR|
ROM dump status
- File:GamePro US 043.pdf
- GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 81
- Sega Pro, "Juni 1993" (DE; 1993-05-28), page 53
- Sega Visions, "February/March 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 5
- GamePro, "February 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 140/141 (126)
- GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 80
- Mega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-18), page 45