Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge

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Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge is a collection of sports events based on the Olympic Summer Games. It features 26 sports divided into seven disciplines: Swimming, jumping, throwing, cycling, running, platform diving and archery. The handling is similar for all of them: rhythmic motions to keep the athlete moving and quick time events (pressing a button when it gets displayed on the screen) for performing certain actions. The mentioned rhythmic motions depend on the input device the player uses, e.g. at the swimming event the player needs to press two buttons alternately when using a keyboard and rotate the analog sticks when using a gamepad.

The game features a basic career mode where the player gains a fixed amount of experience points after every event which an be reinvested into improved stats. There is also a optional arcade mode where the players have so-called boosts to their disposal to improve their athlete's performance for a short time.


Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows The athlete starts his jump... (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows ...and fails (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Before every event the game gives a short explanation of the controls (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows The player has a few basic options to customize his athlete (demo version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Summer Athletics" -- European and Australian title

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Game Captain Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2008 77 out of 100 77
Gamezone (Germany) Windows Jul 10, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamona Windows Jul 16, 2008 69 out of 100 69
spieletipps Xbox 360 Jul 12, 2008 68 out of 100 68
GBase - The Gamer's Base Windows Jul 13, 2008 5.5 out of 10 55 PlayStation 2 Jul 29, 2008 53 out of 100 53
IGN Xbox 360 Aug 11, 2008 5.2 out of 10 52
Cheat Code Central Wii 2008 2.4 out of 5 48 Xbox 360 Sep 22, 2008 40 out of 100 40
GameSpot Wii Sep 10, 2008 3 out of 10 30


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