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The third licensed game based around the legendary British decathlete did something slightly wider in scope than the basic Games style of play. Before you play the main events you have to train in the gym. Weight-lifting, squats and sit-ups are included, which involve waggling the joystick as fast as you can to fill a displayed bottle of Lucozade (clever bit of product-placement there). The better you do at this, the better you'll fare in the events, which are predominantly waggling-based as well. They include the standard decathlon events of running, jumping and throwing as well as you can. There are four types of shoes available, and choosing the wrong one for the event will seriously hamper your performance.


Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Atari ST Fail to fill the bottle and you'll get this
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Atari ST Main menu, which has the high scores superimposed over it
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Atari ST End results
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Atari ST The training section - joystick-waggling to boost for the next event

Promo Images

Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge Magazine Advertisement Page 112

Alternate Titles

  • "Daley Thompson `88" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Dec, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Atari ST User Jan, 1989 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1989 64 out of 100 64
Raze Jul, 1991 60 out of 100 60


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Programmer Sean Pearce:
Most of the animated graphics of Daley (for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST versions) are sourced by digitizing video of Daley himself from promotional material supplied by his management team, and then massaging that into usable graphics. It proved difficult to get usable angles for some of these graphics, e.g. the angle changed through the panning motion of some running events like the 100M running & hurdles; if you look closely you may be able to detect this slight perspective changes in some animations.

Finally, the 'training' sessions are digitised from video shot NOT of Daley but of one of my friends!

His management team wouldn't / couldn't supply suitable material, so off we popped down to the local gym, camera in hand... And yes -- we darkened his face with boot polish, and then carefully edited a mustache onto the captured material!
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Martin Smith (66830) added Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (Atari ST) on Jul 20, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (229532), Martin Smith (66830) and Virgil (8582)