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Winter Games

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Another in the series of Epyx Olympic sports games. Compete in many different sporting events: Ski Jump, Hot Dog, Biathlon, Bobsled, Free Skating, Figure Skating, and more.


Winter Games Atari ST Ski jumper mid air; perform some tricks if you can!
Winter Games Apple II Opening ceremony.
Winter Games Macintosh Bobsled
Winter Games Amstrad CPC The opening ceremonies

Alternate Titles

  • "ウインターゲームズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 01, 2001 A 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Sep 15, 1999 A- 91
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1986 8 out of 10 80
CU Amiga Amiga Sep, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Tilt NES Jul, 1988 15 out of 20 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 21, 2009 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic Commodore 64 Mar 04, 2014 C- 42
1UP! NES Dec 30, 2010 27 out of 100 27
The Video Game Critic NES Feb 25, 2009 D- 16


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Dec 23, 2008



The Atari 2600 version of Winter Games, released in the later years of Atari's dominance in the Home Video Game market, was one of a handful of games that used 16K of memory! The Atari 2600 had been designed to only run cartridges of 2K and 4K in size. Games that were written to exceed that 4K memory limitation required the "bank swapping" technique in order to access 8K, 12K, and even 16K game cartridges.

Memory was still expensive in the 1980's, yet the public wanted more and more advanced games, especially since it had been several years now since the release of the many popular 8-bit home computer systems that had been flooding the market and reducing in cost. And with the Nintendo Entertainment System having just been released, the Atari 2600 was beginning to look very dated. In order to satisfy the public’s craving for games requiring increasing amounts of memory, creating a bigger game for the Atari 2600 was the only way to do it.

In order to handle the expansiveness of their games, Epyx released all three of their Olympic-based games with multiple ROM chips equaling the necessary 16K. Using bank-swapping, the various ROM chips could be accessed and swapped as needed. And all of it was embedded within a standard-sized Atari 2600 Cartridge!


As of 2000, the game (as all of the Epyx olympic game series) is completely speed throttled even for the fastest computers.


  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 02/1986 - #5 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 04/1987 - #8 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
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