Daley Thompson's Decathlon

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Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
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One of the earliest person-licensed computer games, Olympic legend Daley Thompson lent his name to an old-style joystick waggling frenzy. Ten events were featured, including long and high jumps as well as the predictable sprints, which made for some gameplay variety. You have 3 lives, and lose one every time you fail at an event, which you usually get 3 attempts at. For each event you see both the qualifying time and the world record, which gives you something to aim at.


Daley Thompson's Decathlon ZX Spectrum Long Jump
Daley Thompson's Decathlon ZX Spectrum Shot-put
Daley Thompson's Decathlon ZX Spectrum 100 meters Hurdles
Daley Thompson's Decathlon ZX Spectrum High jump

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TeleMatch Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 3 out of 3 100
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Nov, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Dec, 1984 10.5 out of 15 70


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Daley Thompson

In the original Sinclair Spectrum game, Daley (who is of mixed parentage) was presented as a white character with what probably was supposed to be an Afro (which he didn't even have). The Spectrum's limited colour technology partially explains this, but it's strange, and ironic considering that the CGA version of Bruce Lee changed other game colors to make Bruce's skin the wrong colour (see the trivia entry for that game).


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