DescriptionRio 2016: Diving Champions is an official mobile game for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games held in Rio, Brazil. It focuses on a single sport: diving. There are two parts to the game: Qualification and Tournament. In the Qualification mode players go through several levels with multiple events to gather points. With a certain amount of points it becomes possible to join the Tournament mode to compete against the scores of other players worldwide and help to contribute to your home country's global ranking. After the tournament more points need to be gathered through the qualifications to enter again.
Each qualification level consists of five stages with different heights. The player's character, shown from a side view, needs to perform the jump shown at the start. This is always a type of rotation along with three stances: tuck, pike or straight. Only tuck is available at the start and the others are unlocked later on. There is also a starting stance to unlock: backward. Rotating is done by tapping, holding and releasing to end up with the correct rotation. When rotated too far, this can no longer be corrected, but when the required rotation has not been met quick taps can still be used. The jump receives a rating from five judges with points from zero to ten. The result is usually based on how straight the diver lands in the water. The stances change the rotation mechanic slightly and some of them add a multiplier to the points. Up to three stars can be earned per jump and sometimes there are extra challenges with rewards.
The game is free-to-play and does not have an energy/stamina system, but uses rubber ducks as a currency. Ducks are earned by great jumps and through in-app purchases. They are used to access a retry in the qualification mode as a single failure has the player to go through all levels again from the start if no ducks are spent. Levels are unlocked gradually along with additional characters. These characters have special powers such as dragon, a fireball or slow motion, but powers require ducks to use them. Some characters cannot be unlocked and need to be purchased. When unlocked, the three stances can be chosen before the dive, but sometimes ducks need to be spent as well.
The tournament mode consists of two matches with four players in total to win one of the three medals. Each match consists of three jumps and the one with the most points goes through from the semi-final to the final.
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