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Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon (Windows)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Description

Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon is a remake of the classic title released for 8-bit computers: Daley Thompson's Decathlon. Unlike other button mashers such as those released by Epyx, it focuses on a stats system and career development. As seasons pass by, the player grows from a rookie to, if successful, a world class competitor, by assigning skill points to key areas required to succeed in decathlon: throwing, running, jumping, etc. However, more important than anything else is stamina. As decathlon puts athletes in a strenuous 5 events per day, if the player gives everything in the early events, the legs will start failing in the 400 m (day 1) and the 1500 m (day 2) runs.

All actions are mouse-controlled, and require presses and holds rather than mashing the buttons repeatedly. The game also includes FMV clips from Thompson or Jenney (depending on the version) offering advice about the events.

Screenshots

Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon Windows The pole vault starts with a split screen that disappears when the event begins. The player clicks at the right time to plant their pole and at the right time to release and vault over the bar
Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon Windows This is the main menu. The noticeboard on the right sets the game's options, Coach are short video clips featuring Daley, Showers exits the game and Field plays the game.
Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon Windows The high hurdles is another event where timing the jumps/mouse clicks is important
Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon Windows The 100m Dash. The Endurance window is how the player manages their energy during an event. It didn't work in this implementation.

Alternate Titles

  • "Daley Thompson's World Class Decathlon" -- UK/European title
  • "Daley Thompsons olympischer Zehnkampf" -- German title

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User Reviews

Save your stamina. Indeed. Luis Silva (13294) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars

The Press Says

GameSpot Jul 25, 1996 4.4 out of 10 44
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Joystick (French) Sep, 1996 40 out of 100 40
PC Gamer UK Dec, 1996 33 out of 100 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1996 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
High Score Oct, 1996 1 out of 5 20
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1996 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1996 19 out of 100 19
Power Play Aug, 1996 17 out of 100 17

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Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1997 – Worst Translation in 1996

Luis Silva (13294) added Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon (Windows) on Jan 14, 2006