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The Activision Decathlon is a series of Olympic games similar to the Epyx games series. Up to four players can compete in the ten different events of a real-life decathlon, either in sequence or individually. Included are the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter race, 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500-meter race.

The flat running events involve simple joystick waggling, which must be balanced with accurately-timed button presses to clear the hurdles - hitting them or breaking stride causes a loss of momentum and thus time. For jumping and throwing events, you must build momentum by waggling and then press the button to throw or jump at what you feel is the appropriate moment.

For each event, points are earned based on how well you do (this can be based on your running time, or how far you throw the javelin or discus, etc...), and the player with the most points at the end of the decathlon wins the gold medal.


The Activision Decathlon Atari 2600 The different race events all look like this
The Activision Decathlon Atari 2600 Throwing the discus
The Activision Decathlon Atari 2600 Throwing the javelin
The Activision Decathlon Atari 2600 The high jump

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Alternate Titles

  • "Decathlon" -- Australian/German title
  • "デカスロン" -- Japanese spelling

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All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari HQ 2000 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Feb 07, 2002 B- 67


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High-Score Rewards

Activision used to reward players by sending them a fabric patch if sent them proof that player achieved a certain high score on the game (ie. a photograph of the high score).

In this case:
  • Bronze: 8,600 points
  • Silver: 9,000 points
  • Gold: 10,000 points


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Servo (57398) added The Activision Decathlon (Atari 2600) on Jan 02, 2004
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