DescriptionThis game features a variety of sporting events in the second game licensed around the Decathlon champion. Each one has its own world record, and a target time / distance / score to reach - fail and you lose one of your three lives. After completing all events successfully they repeat with tougher targets.
The Amstrad, Commodore and Spectrum 48K versions of this game feature eight sporting events, (Cycling, Giant Slalom, Penalties, Pistol Shooting, Rowing, Ski Jump, Spring Board Diving, and Tug of War), while the Spectrum 128K release has an additional four events, (100m Hurdles, Javelin, Sprint and Triple Jump), making twelve games in all.
Rowing, 100m and cycling are pure tests of joystick waggling, and this is a feature of may other events. The penalty shoot-out involves timing the run-up then pressing fire to set the angle of the shot. In the ski-jump, timing the launch and landing are crucial. The tug of war involves choosing a candidate you feel you can beat and then out-waggling them.
In the triple jump you must run to the line before holding down fire for the right length of time for each of the 3 phases of the jump (45 degrees is optimal). The hurdles event involves running to and pressing fire to clear the hurdles.
Pistol shooting gives you limited time to correctly move a sight into position, before firing as close to the centre as possible. This is made harder by only being able to move up and towards the target, which prevents being able to correct over-movement.
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|Your Spectrum||Nov, 1985||90 out of 100||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Jul, 1990||89 out of 100||89|
|Sinclair User||Nov, 1985||80|
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DevelopmentAt least on the Spectrum, every section except the ski-jump was based around borrowed Hypersports code, in order to ensure that the game was ready for Christmas 1985.
ZX Spectrum version differencesThere are two versions of this game for ZX Spectrum: 48K and 128K. There were some changes between them:
- 128K contains four additional events ending up in total number of 12 events,
- 128K loads in one go everything into RAM of the machine,
- 128K opens with a rendition of the Chariots of Fire theme tune.