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The Games Machine (UK)
If there is a version to beat the supreme programming of the C64 original, this must be it. However, the graphics have only been improved in definition and animation, with disappointing added detail. And sound-wise Epyx game have never been strong. Where this game really scores is in playability and the fun spirit of competition.
Sechs Sport-/Geschicklichkeitsspiele wie BMX-Radeln, Surfen oder Rollschuhlaufen erwarten Euch bei den "California Games". Die Amiga-Version des Epyx-Klassikers ließ fast zwei Jahre auf sich warten. Spielerisch hat sich gegenüber dem C64-Original nichts verändert, die Grafik wurde nur wenig verbessert. Für Laune sorgt die gute Musik. Das Spielprinzip ist anno 1989 nicht mehr die ganz große Nummer, macht aber immer noch Spaß - vor allem beim Wettkampf mit mehreren Teilnehmern.
The most important aspect, the gameplay, is slick - on a par with its predecessors' - but at times its difficult to stop yourself thinking "there's no reason why this game should look and sound so... 8-bit!" Maybe Epyx will come up with a truly 16-bit "Games" package next time.
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It's fun to play occasionally and can be quite a laff when you play with a group of friends, but it's not advanced computer entertainment and it certainly doesn't push the Amiga to its limits.
California Games is a good laugh, it was ideally suited to the 64 but the Amiga cannot make much more of it. To buy this sports sim you would either have to be a relative of The Beach Boys, or just simply very rich.
[Budget re-release] Sounds a minor-league hoot, but the varying sub-games (average through to useless), dodgy graphics and ridiculous loading spoil the fun.