Boxing (video game)

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Not to be confused with Boxing (Game Boy).
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Developer(s) Activision
Publisher(s) Activision
Designer(s) Bob Whitehead
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release date(s) July 1980
Genre(s) Fighting, Sports
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer (2 simultaneous)

Boxing is an Atari 2600 video game interpretation of the sport of boxing developed by Activision programmer Bob Whitehead. The game is based on Boxer, an unreleased 1978 arcade game from Whitehead's previous employer, Atari.[1]


Boxing on the Atari 2600

Boxing shows a top-down view of two boxers, one white and one black. When close enough, a boxer can hit his opponent with a punch (executed by pressing the fire button on the Atari joystick). This causes his opponent to reel back slightly. Long punches score one point, while closer punches (power punches, from the manual) score two. There are no knockdowns or rounds. A match is completed either when one player lands 100 punches (a "knockout") or two minutes have elapsed (a "decision"). In the case of a decision, the player with the most landed punches is the winner. Ties are possible.

While the gameplay is simple, there are subtleties, such as getting an opponent on the "ropes" and "juggling" him back and forth between alternate punches.

Boxing was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs on September 1, 2010.


Boxing was reviewed by Video magazine in its "Arcade Alley" column where it was described as "demonstrat[ing] Activision's willingness to strike out boldly in new directions" and praised for keeping things from "becoming needlessly complex" by making automatic punch-type selection for the player.[2]


  1. ^ Stilphen, Scott (2005). "Bob Whitehead Interview". The 2600 Connection. 
  2. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Laney, Frank (December 1980). "Arcade Alley: A New Era Begins - Activision Exploits Atari's Success". Video (Reese Communications): 12 and 105. ISSN 0147-8907. 

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