Enter the Ring with Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013

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Back in my teenage years and before, I was a huge fan of the Avalon Hill board game company. I mostly played war games like Third Reich, Gettysburg, and Squad Leader, but occasionally a sports game would make it onto my gaming docket.

One such game was Title Bout, a text-based boxing sim that allowed you to create match-ups between the greatest boxers of all-time. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Marvin Hagler — the possibilities were limitless.

Title Bout Boxing on the Computer

I was aware that a computer version of Title Bout was in the catalog of the folks at Out of the Park Developments, makers of the gaming crack known as the Out of the Park Baseball series. I had yet to try the game, so soon after the English development shop, PISD, acquired the rights to Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013, I scored on a review copy.

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Jack Johnson takes on Ali in Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013. Screenshot by Author

The game plays perfectly as a computer version of the board game. You can set up tournaments, one-on-one bouts, and more, with tons (over 6600!) of historical modeled fighters — and even corner men and cut men. TBCB tracks statistics, generates rankings by the different boxing organizations, and a whole host of other features.

Action at the Ringside in TBCB 2013

Each fight features radio-style punch-by-punch commentary with some animation that gives a basic idea of the action in the ring. You can also simulate multiple matches on the fly, which is great for seeing who is the best of all time — Ali, Jack Johnson, or Joe Louis. Most of the ratings as well as the game engine — and accuracy — carry over from the board game version of Title Bout.

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Johnson and Ali enter the ring in TBCB 2013. Screenshot by Author.

The only thing missing from TBCB 2013 is a true career mode and game AI, but these features are slated for the first major update to the game, scheduled to arrive in 2014. Their addition will undoubtedly make TBCB as crack-like as the Out of the Park Baseball series.

Still, even in its current form, there is no reason for any boxing fan not to pick up Title Bout Championship Boxing to see what happens if Mike Tyson enters the ring against Muhammad Ali or any other combination of historical fighters. It truly serves the legacy of Title Bout quite well.

Oh, and Ali defeated Jack Johnson in a 12-round unanimous decision in the fight these screenshots are taken from.

3 comments for “Enter the Ring with Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013

  1. Brad
    August 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Thanks for the review!

  2. August 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    The board game is being re-released!
    PT Games is excited to announce that the Title Bout Game of Professional Boxing has been exclusively licensed from the Trunzo Brothers, Jim and Tom, the creators of the original game. PT Games will bring back the greatness of the original and working with the Trunzo’s adding a few new wrinkles.
    Title Bout has remained a beloved tabletop boxing game for many fans of boxing and board games, even 35 years after introduction Title Bout is highly sought after on ebay and other auction sites.
    Now the wait is finally over. You will once again be able to buy the game and for a fraction of the going ebay rate. In fact we will offer the game and cards with PDF or Print options. Using the same high-gloss heavy cardstock and great pieces that PT Games buyers have come to expect or if you prefer instant PDF availability. But it doesn’t stop there.
    The new edition tentatively titled ‘Advanced Title Bout’ will retain all of the charm of the original game, including fighters rated in over 25 categories, FAC Cards, a game board with all of the charts right on the board, easy to understand and quick to learn rules, but with many new updates. With the passage of time and the advent of better stats the fighters will be more accurately rated and a few new things will be added to the gameplay. The gameboard will become smaller, charts easier to read, and my favorite, we will be asking for your input. After 35 years of playing the game, you get a voice in the new edition.

    What are the new wrinkles? Want to make your voice heard? Stand by and watch the PT Games Sports forum for more details. http://www.sports.ptgamesinc.com/forums

  3. Paul Williams
    August 4, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    That’s great news, Tim. Congrats!

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