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Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge

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Amstrad CPC
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Amiga
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ZX Spectrum
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Amstrad CPC Sit ups in training
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 Amstrad CPC Next: The 1500 meter race
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Commodore 64 Title screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Daley Thompson `88" -- Working title

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The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Génération 4 Amiga Dec, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Crash! ZX Spectrum Nov, 1990 74 out of 100 74
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 63 out of 100 63
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1988 52 out of 100 52

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Trivia

Development

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!
Information also contributed by seanp
Contributed to by Kabushi (121977) and Martin Smith (63162)