Current MobyGoal: Help us reach 250 documented ZX81 Games

California Games (DOS)

...
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
Written by  :  Accatone (5187)
Written on  :  Aug 10, 2000
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
write a review of this game
read more reviews by Accatone
read more reviews for this game

Summary

It's GREAT to be playing CALIFORNIA GAMES!

The Good

Ahh! No matter on which platform I play California Games, when I START the games I really can't help myself playing 2 or 3 hours at least. California Games is one of my all-time favorites and has a very special place in my humble gaming experience. It's so addictive, so perfect arcade gaming it's GREAT to be playing it!

All events in the game share the same soul of the 80s; being able to compete in events such as BMX and footbag also increase the enjoyment (Yeah, I bet you remember the BMX mania which was back in the days but I never heard "footbag" before until I played California Games!) But of course everyone has their favorite events and for me they were surfing and rollerskating which I played most, I enjoyed most. I really missed the blonde girl in the "surf judge panel" who was always giving me my highest scores and the boy who was whistling for me when I passed slowly in front of him while rollerskating :) And what about skateboarding? I was so talented on it that "Hollywood" in the hills had always dropped one of its letters with my earthquake effect! But to be honest I wasn't so good at flying disk (Frisbee!). You should have seen one of my spectacular jumps over the frisbee which was generally concluded dropping by, to the left of the screen, while frisbee was on its way to the right of the screen!

The Bad

Its sequel was a huge disappointment, unfortunately :(

The Bottom Line

All in all, California Games is the best of Epyx. And I enjoyed almost every minute of it! Surely a classic...