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Daley Thompson's Super-Test

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Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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ZX Spectrum
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4.0
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Description

This game features a variety of sporting events in the second game licensed around the Decathlon champion. Each one has its own world record, and a target time / distance / score to reach - fail and you lose one of your three lives. After completing all events successfully they repeat with tougher targets.
The Amstrad, Commodore and Spectrum 48K versions of this game feature eight sporting events, (Cycling, Giant Slalom, Penalties, Pistol Shooting, Rowing, Ski Jump, Spring Board Diving, and Tug of War), while the Spectrum 128K release has an additional four events, (100m Hurdles, Javelin, Sprint and Triple Jump), making twelve games in all.

Rowing, 100m and cycling are pure tests of joystick waggling, and this is a feature of may other events. The penalty shoot-out involves timing the run-up then pressing fire to set the angle of the shot. In the ski-jump, timing the launch and landing are crucial. The tug of war involves choosing a candidate you feel you can beat and then out-waggling them.

In the triple jump you must run to the line before holding down fire for the right length of time for each of the 3 phases of the jump (45 degrees is optimal). The hurdles event involves running to and pressing fire to clear the hurdles.

Pistol shooting gives you limited time to correctly move a sight into position, before firing as close to the centre as possible. This is made harder by only being able to move up and towards the target, which prevents being able to correct over-movement.

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Daley Thompson's Super-Test ZX Spectrum Sprinting
Daley Thompson's Super-Test ZX Spectrum High scores
Daley Thompson's Super-Test Amstrad CPC At the starting line for cycling.
Daley Thompson's Super-Test ZX Spectrum Main menu

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Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 90 out of 100 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Contributed to by Martin Smith (63198)