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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
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 (13 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Consolemania (Dec, 1991)
Non c'è nulla da agiungere, se non che California Games è il massimo sul NES in fatto di sfide agli amici.
Video Games (Dec, 1991)
California Games begeistert jung wie alt.Wer sich ein bisschen für Sportspiele interessiert oder gruppendynamisch denkt, der wird das Modul mögen. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Spielen ist der Lack nicht so schnell ab, man greift auch nach etlichen Monaten noch gerne darauf zurück.
Power Play (Nov, 1991)
Milton Bradley ist eine hervorragende Adaption gelungen, die spritzige Sportspielunterhaltung für die ganze Familie garantiert. Die Disziplinen sind meist gut ausgetüftelt und erfreulich abwechslungsreich. Grafik und Musik passen sich dem Spielniveau an. Wer schon Konamis "Track & Field 2" mochte, der wird mit dem etwas anspruchsvolleren California Games sehr zufrieden sein.
Play Time (Jan, 1992)
Obwohl eigentlich nur die Hälfte des Spiels Spaß macht, ist es eines der besten Sport-Games für das NES. Ein Muß auf jeder Spieleparty.
Retro Archives (Nov 12, 2017)
La palette de couleurs de la NES ne permettait pas de rivaliser avec les versions Amiga ou Atari ST – mais cette version en reste graphiquement extrêmement proche, preuve que le travail n’a absolument pas été fait par-dessus la jambe. Sachant que tout le reste est absolument irréprochable (dommage que Louie Louie ait disparu), on tient là un portage dont aucun joueur NES n’aura à rougir dans sa collection.
The events all look pretty good, showing off California settings and characters that seem to fit right in. There’s even some nice California lingo thrown in to really sell the setting. The gameplay and fun factor, though, is a very mixed bag, with some events genuinely fun, and others frustrating to even attempt. It’s a nice change of pace for a sports game and a decent distraction for a short time, but it’s lacking a bit of polish overall.
You'll be in a state of excitement with the variety of "fun-in-the-sun" activities to choose from in California Games.
Arcade Attack (Apr 21, 2015)
CG is a bang average collection of games that represent no challenge for the lone gamer, some horrendous product placement (I’ll let you discover that), and not enough content for a decent multiplayer experience.
Just Games Retro (May 02, 2003)
Surf, sand, and some wicked beach sports - all packaged in one game, ripe for your enjoyment. Or so the designers of this game would like you to believe, and what they're hoping will draw you to the game, but how "extreme" can you really get by playing a video game? Thus the point of this one is rather lost.
0 (Apr, 2011)
The real reason to seek this game out is if you’re an insane Nintendo collector who happens to have two multi-taps, eight controllers, and lots of booze for the people you want to play California Games with you. Yes, up to eight people can play this game. Considering the time period in which this was released, it’s pretty ambitious, though no parent in their right mind would have blown hundreds of dollars for California Game parties back in the late 80s. This game has a literal replay value of nil. You can trust me on that because calculating the sum of “nil” takes awhile. Dude!