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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari ST release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. -
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Atari ST User (Dec, 1989)
I thouroughly enjoyed both games and think they will appeal to most that want a break from the common shoot-'em-ups. I have been playing California Games on the PC for about twelve months and now its on the ST I consider it to be slightly better than Games Summer Edition.
ST Format (Aug, 1991)
On the whole the events are enjoyable, though perhaps a little difficult to begin with - there are loads of controls and rules for you to learn. Fortunately there are also practice events. The graphics aren't spectacular - the bloke doing the foot bag looks like he needs major surgery - but they're up to the job. Sound is predictable and minimal. If you can ignore the trendy and embarrassing comments that continually appear, you're in for a good time with California Games. lt's truly a gnarly buy, dudes (ack! it’s catching).
Save on the airfare to California by taking part in the ST California Games, featuring events such as the Half Pipe, Surfing, Roller Skating, Foot Bag, BMX Racing and the Flying Disk. Although the events are quite entertaining, it isn't quite as enjoyable an experience as the C64 disk version. Still, for eight quid, six events isn't bad value for money.
Power Play (Oct, 1989)
Die Grafik ĂŒbertrifft eindeutig die der Amiga-Version, was ein ziemliches Armutszeugnis fĂŒr deren Programmierer ist. Auf dem ST macht California Garnes mehr Spaß als auf dem Amiga.
Zero (Nov, 1989)
As always, it's much better with a friend or two, although once you've mastered each event the game could become a little wearisome. I enjoyed it, though, and it's definitely my fave Games game to date.
Retro Archives (Nov 12, 2017)
L’Atari ST nous a habituĂ© Ă  des portages souvent repris plus ou moins fidĂšlement de la version Amiga. California Games ne fait pas exception, puisqu’on se retrouve avec un calque quasi-parfait du jeu sorti sur la machine de Commodore. Les graphismes sont identiques – ce qui prouve que la version Amiga n’avait pas franchement tirĂ© le maximum de sa palette – l’animation est tout aussi fluide et rapide. Seule nuance: la musique, aux sonoritĂ©s diffĂ©rentes de ce que laissait entendre la puce Paula, mais qui n’en est pas nĂ©cessairement infĂ©rieure pour autant.
Die einzelnen Disziplinen sind recht gut umgesetzt worden. Allerdings „wollte“ man bei CHOICE anscheinend nicht auf die Ruckelei verzichten. Dieses macht sich besonders bei den scrollenden Disziplinen bemerkbar. Beim „BMXen“ kommt dann die mangelhafte technische AusfĂŒhrung erst so richtig zum Vorschein. Wer diesen Wettbewerb lĂ€nger als fĂŒnf Minuten spielt, sollte mal den Augenarzt aufsuchen. Die restlichen Sportarten sind eigentlich ganz gut von den Programmierern rund um CHOICE konvertiert worden. Die prĂ€zise Joysticksteuerung und die niedliche Animation der Sprites wurden ebenso beibehalten wie die „Epyx-typischen“ Scherze. CALIFORNIA GAMES ist zwar nicht das Gelbe vom Ei, doch fĂŒr absolute Sportfreaks vielleicht noch zu empfehlen.

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