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Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
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2.4
Genesis
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3.5
SEGA Master System
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2.8
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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

Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 Game Gear The lighting of the torch
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 SEGA Master System Soft landing
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 Genesis Woooooo...
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 Genesis Choosing your player

Alternate Titles

  • "オリンピックゴールド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A license not wasted Genesis Luis Silva (13294)

The Press Says

Sega Force Genesis Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Sega Force Game Gear Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Jul, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Video Games Genesis Jun, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Video Games SEGA Master System Jun, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Megablast Game Gear 1992 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Mean Machines Genesis Jun, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear Aug, 1992 8 out of 15 53

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Trivia

It was the first game to be licensed by the IOC, and features some similarities with its spiritual predecessor, The Games: Summer Edition (which in turn 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.
Contributed to by Tibes80 (1495), Macintrash (2516) and JPaterson (9161)