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Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 (Game Gear)

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Description

The official game of the Games of the XXV Olympiad, held in Barcelona in 1992, featuring seven different events: 100M Sprint, Hammer Throw, Archery, 110M Hurdles, Pole Vault, Springboard diving and 200M Freestyle Swimming.

Gameplay features the typical button mashing formula used by Epyx during the 80s. 100M Sprint, 110M Hurdles and 200M Freestyle Swimming feature a button mashing sequence with just some changes: in the hurdles the player must hit the action key to jump over a hurdle (the timing sets the loss of speed) and in swimming, the sequence takes over one and an half minutes and the action button touches the edge for the return swim. In these events, the player initially faces a semi-final round and only qualifies for the final if ends in the top half. It's possible to watch the other semi-final. Hammer Throw combines a strong mashing sequence, along an accurate press of the action button to release the hammer, while Pole Vault combines an initial mashing sequence, a first tap on down to set the bar, then pressing up and the action button to release the pole and jump over the bar. Archery is a technical event where the player has three rounds with six arrows each, the winner being the one with the highest score on all three rounds.

The player can choose to compete for eight nations: Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, hosts Spain, United Stats, Japan and the CIS (formerly the Soviet Union). Each nation has it's own sample of the anthem and a set of athletes to compete against the player. Each athlete is unique, and will perform differently according to the event: in some they are capable of breaking World Records, in others, lucky enough to get to a final or a top-6 spot. The competition is split in two tables: sorted by medals and by total score (the gold medalist gets 24 points, the 12th only 13).

Screenshots

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Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 Game Gear The lighting of the torch
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 Game Gear Let the doves fly!
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 Game Gear The medals after the sprint

Alternate Titles

  • "オリンピックゴールド" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Sega Force Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun Jun, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Megablast 1992 73 out of 100 73
Gamers (Germany) Aug, 1992 8 out of 15 53

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Trivia

Milestone

It was the first game to be licensed by the IOC.

Spiritual predecessor

This game features some similarities with its spiritual predecessor, The Games: Summer Edition (which only included a USOC license). A lot of events feature similar graphics (such as the pole vault, springboard diving and the hammer throw), which comes to no surprise as U.S. Gold published some ports of the original game.
Macintrash (2507) added Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 (Game Gear) on Aug 26, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Tibes80 (1495) and JPaterson (9146)