Following on from previous beat em up successes, Melbourne House bring the excitement of the wrestling ring to the Spectrum screen in a game which can be played against computerised opponents or head-to-head with a friend.
In the one player game, you control Gorgeous Greg who is going for the World Championship. Four opponents stand between Greg and the champion's belt, and he must defeat them all twice on the route to the top. The fighters Greg faces in the ring each have a unique personality and temperament and their fighting styles vary accordingly. Lord Toff, for instance, takes the scientific approach to wrestling and knows all of the twenty three moves available in the game. Vicious Vivian is a mohicanned yob who learnt to fight on the streets, while the Missouri Breaker fights mean and dirty. Redneck McCoy is apparently an affable yokel, but when he's in the ring he becomes one mean opponent, yessiree.
Each bout on the way to the championship lasts three minutes and to win, Greg has to pin his opponent to the canvas for a count of three seconds. In the two player mode the winner is the first to get two pintails. The two wrestlers each have a status bar displayed at the edge of the screen, and as they take falls or weakeners - forearm smashes, knee jerks and kicks - their stamina levels fall. Before going for the pintail, it's wise to soften your opponent up.
The final bout, which can leave Greg Champion of the World, has no time limit it's a fight to the death almost. The only thing that's missing from the game is the overexcited granny who rushes up the ringside and prods the bad guy with her umbrella!