Toughman Contest 32X

a game by Electronic Arts

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Fighting Games, Sports, 32x

See also:Boxing Games

  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Genesis

If you've ever wanted to step into the ring and get your brains beat out by a 300-pound giant, then this is the game for you. If, on the other hand, you like fighting games with good graphics, long fights and real combination moves, then this game isn't for you.

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Toughman Contest 32X Downloads

Sega Genesis Toughman Contest 32X download
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Genesis

If you've ever wanted to step into the ring and get your brains beat out by a 300-pound giant, then this is the game for you If, on the other hand, you like fighting games with gold graphics, long fights and real combination moves, then this game isn't for you.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Genesis

If you've ever wanted to step into the ring and get your brains beat out by a 300-pound giant, then this is the game for you. If, on the other hand, you like fighting games with good graphics, long fights and real combination moves, then this game isn't for you.

reggie posted a review

**Toughman is the same great game on the 32X that it is on the Genesis. Only a few noticeable enhancements separate them.***

Tough Stuff

Maintaining the same amount of memory as the Genesis game, Toughman 32X doesn't add much, and with identical gameplay, don't expect any new characters or power punches. As one of 24 challengers, Toughman players can square off against each other, enter the Toughman Contest, or set up a tournament for up to eight players.

ProTips:

  • When your opponent is down, rapidly press the buttons and rotate the directional pad to gain energy.
  • Land a hook, and you can get in two more with the same hand.

Graphically, Toughman 32X picks up where the Genesis version left off. All the characters look pretty much the same, but the backgrounds have been completely redone -- perhaps to their detriment. Unfortunately, most of the crazy background animations, such as feeding your opponent to the lions, have been cut out. While new beautifully detailed backgrounds give the 32X game a much richer appearance, it's questionable whether it was worth sacrificing the humor.

The sound also improves noticeably over its 16-bit predecessor's. While it's just a little more crisp overall, only gamers with a surround-sound system will appreciate the added surround-sound feature.

Toughman Deluxe

If you own a 32X, you'll probably want this version over the Genesis version. They sell for the same price, so why not? Still, Genesis owners who don't have a 32X aren't missing much. Toughman didn't get any tougher this round.

reggie posted a review

Keep your guard up because Tough- man brings the art of boxing to a fierce new level of Genesis competition. Featuring a behind-the-boxer view, Toughman Contest plays like Super Punch-Out! but incorporates a wide range of special moves and combos normally found in good side-view fighting games.

ProTip: Chain together Power Punches for highly effective combos. To really spin your opponent's head, let loose with a Power Hook, then a Back-Handed Slap.

Raging Bulls

Based on the real Toughman Contest, this game features similar tournament-style action. You begin by entering the regional tournament where untrained brawlers square off in three-round matches. The regional winner progresses to the championship in hopes of becoming Toughman world champion. With a choice of 24 contenders, you can compete in a one- or two-player exhibition match, set up a tournament, or enter the Toughman contest directly.

Technological Knockout

Because there are a whopping 32 megs of data packed into this game, it's easy to understand why these dirty fighters look so clean onscreen. Each challenger has his own distinct look, and the animation is superb.

  • When you land a hook, you'll stun your opponent long enough to land two more hooks with the same hand.
  • When the opponent throws a flurry of hooks, dodge them and immediately counter with multiple uppercuts.
  • An easy, effective combo is a regular uppercut followed by a Haymaker Power Punch.
  • When your opponent is dizzy or almost out of energy, knock them out of the ring with the Super Uppercut.

The backgrounds are a little hokey, but they're funny. If you look closely, you'll see some hilarious things going on back there.

You also hear great bout noises, such as the clearly ringing bell, the referee's voice for the ten-count, and the whoosh and smack of a punch landing.

The good music on the menu screens gets you psyched for boxing games. Players can the fight.

Custom Delivery

The sharp control and the array of custom Power Punches separate Toughman from other boxing games. Players can equip their fighter with 3 of 14 Power Punches, ranging from haymakers to head butts. Be careful when throwing these punches -- if you miss, your opponent can hit you twice as fast as normal for a short time. Toughman stands tall in the video game ring. Like Super Punch-Out!, the Toughman contenders fight harder as you progress through the ranks. Where the two games really differ, however, is in the two-player action, which Super Punch-Out! doesn't even have. For a pal-pounding good time, Toughman lets a second player fight as the opposition.

Fans of Greatest Heavyweights and Legends of the Ring will miss the famous faces and the build-your-own- boxer feature, but when the bell rings in the final round, the unanimous decision goes to Toughman.

reggie posted a review
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