The Activision Decathlon

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The Activision Decathlon is a series of Olympic games similar to the Epyx games series. Up to four players can compete in the ten different events of a real-life decathlon, either in sequence or individually. Included are the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter race, 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500-meter race.

The flat running events involve simple joystick waggling, which must be balanced with accurately-timed button presses to clear the hurdles - hitting them or breaking stride causes a loss of momentum and thus time. For jumping and throwing events, you must build momentum by waggling and then press the button to throw or jump at what you feel is the appropriate moment.

For each event, points are earned based on how well you do (this can be based on your running time, or how far you throw the javelin or discus, etc...), and the player with the most points at the end of the decathlon wins the gold medal.


The Activision Decathlon Atari 2600 The high jump
The Activision Decathlon Atari 8-bit The javelin lands in the surface
The Activision Decathlon Atari 2600 Pole vaulting
The Activision Decathlon MSX Openings screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Decathlon" -- Australian/German title

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Time to buy a new joystick again Atari 2600 TheoryOfChaos (55)

Critic Reviews

TeleMatch Atari 2600 Nov, 1983 1 out of 6 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Mar 10, 2014 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Oct, 1984 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Sep 26, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 76 out of 100 76
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Feb 07, 2002 B- 67
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Jun 18, 2011 C+ 58


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High-Score Rewards

Activision used to reward players by sending them a fabric patch if sent them proof that player achieved a certain high score on the game (ie. a photograph of the high score).

In this case:
  • Bronze: 8,600 points
  • Silver: 9,000 points
  • Gold: 10,000 points


  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #3 It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!

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