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California Games (SEGA Master System)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall MobyScore (16 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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Game Freaks 365
In conclusion, there is no doubt in mind that California Games is one of the greatest sports titles in history. After playing it on the SMS, there's no wonder in my mind as to why this title was ported to nearly every system in existence and even led to a sequel. If only Epyx could have did a better job with later titles. It's a shame for them, but not for us because we have this to play. In addition, for those of you interested in the collecting aspect of the Master System, there is a rare re-release of California Games with a different label. Quite hard to locate and an additional bonus for anyone interested in playing and collecting.
93
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
To put it bluntly, California Games is the best Sega game to date, combining six superb games, stunning graphics and animation, and a variety of excellent tunes and sound effects. The events are all highly playable, and had me glued to the Sega for hours. Don't miss it.
93
Mean Machines
The array of sub-games and the skills needed for each event in California Games makes this one of the best multi-player games about; inevitably some people are better at some events than others, guaranteeing an exciting challenge. My particular favourite's the BMX race, whereas Julian prefers Footbag. Some of the events are tricky to learn, especially the Flying Disc and Half Pipe, and this may be discouraging to some payers. It's worth persevering though, as California Games offers a varied and thrilling test of anyone's joystick skills.
81
Video Games
Sechs für den amerikanischen Sonnenstaat typische Sportarten warten bei „California Games“ auf bis zu acht Mitspieler. Das Geschicklichkeitsspektrum reicht vom Fahren mit dem Skateboard übers Frisbeewerfen bis zum Surfen,
80
Power Play
Ich bin von der Sega-Umsetzung dieses Computer-Klassikers angenehm überrascht. Ohne spielerische Abstriche wurden alle Disziplinen in ein Modul gepackt. Steuerung und Spielbarkeit sind sehr gut. Bei den sechs Disziplinen gibt es keinen Ausfall; sie machen alle Spaß. Besonders viel Mühe haben sich die Grafiker gegeben. Auf dem Master System sieht California Games am schönsten aus. Viele Farben, große Sprites, kein Flackern weit und breit. Selbst die Amiga-Version kann da nicht mithalten. California Garnes bietet Sega-Besitzern eine prima Gelegenheit, einen bewährten Evergreen in gut aufpolierter Form zu spielen. Wer ein Faible für Geschicklichkeits- und Sportspiele hat, wird den Kauf dieses Moduls nicht bereuen.
78
The Games Machine (UK)
In the translation to the Sega joypad, little has been lost. The graphics are very good indeed. Backgrounds are as lively as the colourful, well defined sprites and the various participating teenage characters are realistically animated. Definitely one for the collection.
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Sega8bit.com
Overall I think it's a great game definitely worth owning. If you own it and don't think too much of it, I ask you to have a go, be patient, practice at it and you'll find it's better than you thought. And if you can, try play with some friends, it's a good laugh. And for the record, no one will ever beat my high scores.
60
1UP!
California Games n'est pas un si mauvais jeu, la réalisation est satisfaisante (d'impressionants scrollings parallaxes au niveau du désert), c'est juste un titre dont les qualités sont complètement rongées par sa maniabilité désastreuse. On n'arrive à rien car il faut toujours presser le bouton pendant un moment trop infime pour que cela puisse être fait par le commun des joueurs. La manette ne se prête pas non plus à certaines actions qui correspondent mieux au clavier, comme cet usage intensif des directions haut et bas. Donc vient l'échec répétitif, la frustration, l'ennui, puis le rejet. Et six épreuves, c'est finalement peu, surtout quand la grande majorité d'entre-elles sont injouables. Le jeu n'ayant aucune profondeur ni de secrets, il est facile de s'en désintéresser rapidement. Le salut vient uniquement du mode multijoueurs, jusqu'à huit en alternance, mais il tire sans doute plus parti du fait d'être entre amis que du jeu lui même.
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VideoGame
Há seis opções de jogo, numa espécie de mini-olimpíada californiana. Primeiro, escolha seu patrocinador. Depois, vá em frente, começando pelo half skate boarding, ou simplesmente skate, no qual o importante é pegar velocidade para fazer acrobacias na rampa.