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Walter Mansell

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"Boxer may be old but it's worth having."
Electron User Group

"Reasonably addictive... Nicely done in that same way that all Acornsoft arcade games seem to share."
Electron User Group


Boxer is a fast moving arcade-type game in which you try to catch balloons despite your opponent's attempts to stop you. Dodge falling weights, and the hammers, boxing gloves and dumb-bells which hurtle across the rafters and will knock you flat if you can't avoid them!

Complete with sound effects, full colour graphics and table of high scores, Boxer is fully compatible with either keyboard or joysticks."

You and your rival are competing for the attentions of a young lady. At the bottom of the screen, she is releasing balloons which you must try to catch when they get stuck in the rafters of the Gym. Any balloons which escape to the top of the screen will be awarded to your opponent.

If you collect five balloons before he does, your score will be increased by the bonus in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and you will move to a more challenging Gym. If your opponent is the first one to collect five balloons, you will lose a life and stay in the same Gym.

You can only catch balloons safely while they are caught in the rafters. If you try to grab or touch one while it is moving you will fall over. This will also happen if you have contact with your opponent or any of the boxing gloves, hammers or dumb-bells which move across the Gym.

Every time you get three falls, you will lose a life. Gloves and hammers can be punched and dumb-bells jumped over to score points. Points can also be scored by jumping up to the punch balls at the bottom of the screen.


Hammer (punched) .................... 100
Glove (punched) ..................... 100
Dumb-bell (jumped) .................. 100
Punch ball ......................... 1000
Collecting a balloon ................ 200

You start the game with three boxers but you will receive a bonus boxer for every 10,000 points you score, up to a maximum of three at any one time.

A table of the eight highest scores is displayed at the end of each game.

Game Controls

Z - Left, X - Right, : - Up, / - Down, RETURN - Punch, SHIFT - Jump
Q/S - Sound Off/On, COPY/DELETE - Pause On/Off, ESCAPE - Quit

Boxer can also be played using a joystick controller. Pushing the joystick up will make the boxer jump, except when he is at the bottom of a rope, in which case he will climb the rope. Press the Fire button to punch to get up after a fall.


Cover Art Language(s): English
Compatibility: Acorn Electron
Release: Professionally released On Cassette
Original Release Date: 1st Sep 1983
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Boxer (Cassette)
Boxer (5.25" Disc)
Boxer (3.5" Disc)