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Summer Games allows up to eight players to compete in a series of summer themed Olympic events. The gameplay is similar to the other entries in Epyx "games" series. Each player can choose a country to represent, and then takes turns competing in various events to see who will win the gold medal! The game allows you to compete in all of the events sequentially, choose a few events, choose just one event, or practice an event. The events available vary slightly depending on the platform, and may include:
  • Pole vault
  • Platform diving
  • 4x400 meter relay
  • 100 meter dash
  • Gymnastics
  • Freestyle swimming
  • Skeet shooting
  • 100 meter freestyle
  • Rowing


Summer Games Atari 2600 Select a country to represent
Summer Games Atari 8-bit Title / Credits screen
Summer Games PC-88 Oleg from Great Britain is the winner!.. What can I do, suppose I represented the British Mandate of Palestine
Summer Games Atari 7800 Gymnastics

Promo Images

Summer Games Screenshot
Summer Games Screenshot
Summer Games Screenshot
Summer Games Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Summer Games HD" -- iPad title
  • "Jogos Olímpicos" -- Brazilian Title

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User Reviews

Good game, but loses in comparison with C64 version. SEGA Master System Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (113)

Critic Reviews

Ação Games SEGA Master System Aug, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Home Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Nov 20, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Sep 15, 1999 B+ 83
ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit Feb, 1987 2 out of 6 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Oct 13, 2008 B 75
VideoGame SEGA Master System Jan, 1992 6 out of 10 60
Sega Does SEGA Master System Apr 10, 2017 C+ 58
Sega Power SEGA Master System Dec, 1993 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play SEGA Master System Oct, 1990 40 out of 100 40
64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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The Atari 2600 version of "Summer Games," released in the later years of Atari's dominance in the Home Video Game market, was one of a handful of games that used 16K of memory! The Atari 2600 had been designed to only run cartridges of 2K and 4K in size. Games that were written to exceed that 4K memory limitation required the "bank swapping" technique in order to access 8K, 12K, and even 16K game cartridges.

Memory was still expensive in the 1980's, yet the public wanted more and more advanced games, especially since it had been several years now since the release of the many popular 8-bit home computer systems that had been flooding the market and reducing in cost. And with the Nintendo Entertainment System having just been released, the Atari 2600 was beginning to look very dated. In order to satisfy the public’s craving for games requiring increasing amounts of memory, creating a bigger game for the Atari 2600 was the only way to do it.

In order to handle the expansiveness of their games, Epyx released all three of their Olympic-based games with multiple ROM chips equaling the necessary 16K. Using bank-swapping, the various ROM chips could be accessed and swapped as needed. And all of it was embedded within a standard-sized Atari 2600 Cartridge!


As with the sequel, conversions for Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, ST and Amiga were later made, but only for compilations Gold, Silver, Bronze and Mega Sports.


  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #18 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'
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