Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge

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Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
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The third licensed game based around the legendary British decathlete did something slightly wider in scope than the basic Games style of play. Before you play the main events you have to train in the gym. Weight-lifting, squats and sit-ups are included, which involve waggling the joystick as fast as you can to fill a displayed bottle of Lucozade (clever bit of product-placement there). The better you do at this, the better you'll fare in the events, which are predominantly waggling-based as well. They include the standard decathlon events of running, jumping and throwing as well as you can. There are four types of shoes available, and choosing the wrong one for the event will seriously hamper your performance.


Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge ZX Spectrum Now the bench-press
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Amstrad CPC Next: The 1500 meter race
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge ZX Spectrum A simple memory test to choose one of the 4 pairs on trainers
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Atari ST Fail to fill the bottle and you'll get this

Alternate Titles

  • "Daley Thompson `88" -- Working title

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Génération 4 Amiga Dec, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Crash! ZX Spectrum Nov, 1990 74 out of 100 74
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 72 out of 100 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 8.4 out of 12 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Dec, 1988 65 out of 100 65
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1989 64 out of 100 64
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 55 out of 100 55
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1988 52 out of 100 52


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Programmer Sean Pearce:
Most of the animated graphics of Daley are sourced by digitizing video of Daley himself from promotional material supplied by his management team, and then massaging that into usable graphics. It proved difficult to get usable angles for some of these graphics, e.g. the angle changed through the panning motion of some running events like the 100M running & hurdles; if you look closely you may be able to detect this slight perspective changes in some animations.

Finally, the 'training' sessions are digitised from video shot NOT of Daley but of one of my friends!

His management team wouldn't / couldn't supply suitable material, so off we popped down to the local gym, camera in hand... And yes -- we darkened his face with boot polish, and then carefully edited a mustache onto the captured material!
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