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Critic Reviews

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Commodore 64Popular Computing Weekly (Oct 24, 1985)
It is the fab graphics and sound that put this program head and shoulders above the competition. Neat touches abound, and the package oozes with professionalism.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Mar, 1986)
The graphics are more realistic and appealing than those used in Winter Sports from Electric Dreams, and more innovative. Winter Sports loads its first three games at once, and then you have to load the final three in one at a time. There's no messing around with Winter Games - just two long loads using both sides of the cassette.

Three of the games in Winter Sports differ from those in the Epyx package. Those are slalom, giant slalom and ice hockey. If you buy Winter Games only you won't be missing much. So, go for gold - or at least a high personal standard - without stepping into the slush and damp of real snow.
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Apr, 1986)
Fassen wir die WINTERGAMES noch einmal zusammen: Es handelt sich um ein absolutes Spitzenspiel, das seinesgleichen sucht. Die Spielmotivation kann gar nicht punktemäßig hoch genug angesetzt werden. Die Atmosphäre bei der Commodore-Fassung ist berauschend, einfach einzigartig. Desweiteren ist die Spielmöglichkeit (bis zu acht Wettstreitern beim Commodore hintereinander) für einen unterhaltsamen Familien- oder Partyabend geradezu optimal. WINTERGAMES ist ein Programm, das nicht so schnell langweilig wird. Es ist immer noch genug Ambition da, um bessere Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Es empfiehlt sich, einen Joystick mit Pistolengriff für dieses Spiel zu besorgen. Alle anderen „taugen“ hier nichts.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Apr 01, 2001)
Overall, Winter Games is fun, challenging, and a fine showcase of 2600 graphics. I've seen this game on many systems, but this may be the most impressive.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Nov, 1985)
Another excellent sports simulation from Epyx and yet another that you just can't afford to miss.
ZX SpectrumCrash! (Mar, 1986)
Seven events in only two loads for only eight quid can’t be bad. I wasn’t impressed with the menu and medal screens, but the game itself is very good with beautiful backgrounds on most of the outdoor events. Side One is the best graphically, with sound on the events too, but Side Two features four events — it’s hard to decide which side to play. All the events require a fair amount of practice, some more than others — the skating and ski-jumping, for instance, need a lot of accurate joystick or keyboard control and split-second timing. Every event is of very high quality, and just when you think you’ve gone as far as you can, you find some other special move. With the snow gently descending in Ludlow, I’m glad I can get some skating practice in!
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic (Sep 15, 1999)
This Olympic-style title is even better than Summer Games, thanks to its bright, wintery conditions. You can almost feel the chill in the air! Only four events are included, but they're all winners.
Commodore (UK) (Oct 26, 2007)
Just like Summer Games II, going back to these old relics makes you realise just how special these games are (as long as you play the disk version, mind). They really don't make 'em like this anymore.
Amstrad CPCAmstrad Action (Jun, 1986)
The screens for each event are superbly drawn and although there isn't always a lot of action what there is has been well thought out. The gameplay itself is very enjoyable and for some of the events demands plenty of concentration and skill. Happily this shouldn't ruin too many joysticks but it will sharpen up your timing no end. Disc users will be spared the frustrating loading system but will have to pay £5 for the privilege. It's probably US Gold's best release, and will have you playing around in the snow all summer.
Amstrad CPCAmtix! (Jul, 1986)
All the thrills of winter games without the worry of broken limbs.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Sep, 1992)
As with Summer Games II, the events are well thought out with good control systems. The graphical standard is even better with some gorgeous backdrops and convincing sprites, and sounds great too with loads of tunes. Definitely the best wintry sim around.
Commodore 64Commodore Force (Jul, 1993)
Again, this was a game that avoided the traditional, joystick-punishing control method and opted for a favourable system of skill and timing. The loading problems were (yet again) all-too apparent, but the levels were of such a high quality that you couldn't feel too bad about time wasted.
Commodore 64Commodore Format (Mar, 1994)
Games like this can't really date. Especially when you see them being released (looking exactly the same on the Megadrive) again and again. Great for deliberate-face plants.
ZX SpectrumASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Apr, 1986)
Fassen wir die WINTERGAMES noch einmal zusammen: Es handelt sich um ein absolutes Spitzenspiel, das seinesgleichen sucht. Die Spielmotivation kann gar nicht punktemäßig hoch genug angesetzt werden. Die Atmosphäre bei der Commodore-Fassung ist berauschend, einfach einzigartig. Desweiteren ist die Spielmöglichkeit (bis zu acht Wettstreitern beim Commodore hintereinander) für einen unterhaltsamen Familien- oder Partyabend geradezu optimal. WINTERGAMES ist ein Programm, das nicht so schnell langweilig wird. Es ist immer noch genug Ambition da, um bessere Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Es empfiehlt sich, einen Joystick mit Pistolengriff für dieses Spiel zu besorgen. Alle anderen „taugen“ hier nichts. „taugen“ hier nichts. Leider muß ich fast alle diese Prädikate ausschließlich der C64-Version verleihen, da die Spectrum-Fassung nicht die nötige Stimmung aufkommen läßt (Sound & Geräusche) und für mehrere Spieler kaum nutzbar ist (nur ein Joystick; sonst nur Tastatur!)
ZX SpectrumPopular Computing Weekly (Jan 30, 1986)
On the whole though, this is a good selection, which compares well with its competitor, Winter Sports.
So, the general verdict is that the graphics are better than the original. The tunes, although excellent, bar one, are all the same as the 64. A very good game - but don't expect anything more than the 64 version, or you'll be disappointed.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Nov, 1985)
Winter Games is everything you might expect it to be if you've seen a copy of Summer Games II. The gameplay is better than most sports simulations could ever hope to be. The graphics, because of the alpine locations, look even better than its high season predecessor. My only grumble is the inclusion of two skating programs which becomes boring and repetitive.
Commodore 6464'er (Dec, 1985)
Die Olympiade ist komplett, denn Epyx veröffentlicht mit „Winter Games“ das dritte Spiel der Olympia-Trilogie. Und eines gleich vorweg: Noch ein viertes Spiel würde wohl keinen Erfolg mehr haben, denn das bekannte Spielprinzip zeigt bei „Winter Games“ die ersten Ermüdungserscheinungen.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair (Mar, 1986)
In the end those all important style points go to Winter Games, mainly for the graphics and music, and if you must have yet another excuse for not going out and getting some real exercise, then this is probably the one.
AmigaCommodore User (Sep, 1987)
Just before I start this review, I must tell you a joke which I heard last week: ‘What are an Englishman’s two favourite days of the year?’ ‘Christmas and summer!!’ Geddit!! The reason for this humorous break from the usual hard hitting Commodore User Amiga games reviews is that the game I have been testing is about as relevant in the middle of our supposed summer as taking thermal underwear to Greece. Regular readers of this magazine will already know that I am a dedicated fan of this type of game, and rate World Games up with almost anything else I have played. It will not surprise you, therefore, to learn that Winter Games too is a cracker. Many of the features are carried over, including the loading and theme music.
NESTilt (Jul, 1988)
Le jeu, très bien conçu, fait plus appel à la synchronisation des mouvements qu'à la force brutale. Une belle simulation sportive qui n'a rien perdu de son efficacité.
Atari 2600Power Play (Dec, 1987)
Für sportliche VCS-Besitzer sind beide Spiele sehr interessant. Alle 14 Disziplinen sind spielenswert. Vor allem mit ein paar Freunden ist Spannung garantiert. Da es in Deutschland kaum neue VCS-Spiele gibt. kommen die beiden Epyx-Module gerade richtig.
AmigaAmiga Joker (Feb, 1994)
Es drängt sich natürlich ein Vergleich mit dem aktuellen U.S. Gold-Gegenstück „Winter Olympics“ auf, und daß der zugunsten des Oldies ausfällt, dürfte alte Digital-Olympioniken kaum wundern. Statt 14 waren zwar damals zwischen Eröffnungs- und Schlußdiziplin nur sieben Disziplinen zu meistern, aber dafür konnten dabei mit maximal acht Teilnehmern gleich doppelt so viele Wintersportler um Gold kämpfen. Vor allem wurde das Spiel optimal für den Gruppenbetrieb ausgelegt, so wie das ganze Gamedesign rundum gelungen war. Entsprechend leicht findet man sich auch in die Sticksteuerung hinein – sie wirklich perfekt zu meistern, ist dann allerdings schon schwieriger. Auch grafisch ist die U.S. Gold-Olympiade trotz der neun Jahre Unterschied kaum besser, und wenn doch, meint man ihre (3D-) Sequenzen bereits bei anderen Spielen fast genau so gesehen zu haben.
WiiNintendo Life (Feb 21, 2009)
To be fair on those aspects it is no better or worse than the other entries, but the range of events is a little limiting to be honest. The fact there are two ice skating events merely compounds that to a degree, especially when they are probably the weakest part. The other five events however are much more worthy of practice and dedication, especially the Biathlon which is probably the strongest. Also as before, the game comes into a different realm when more than one person is taking part. If you enjoyed playing the other games already out on the VC, then you should definitely consider trying this one as well.
NESVideoGame (May, 1991)
Winter Games é uma olimpíada de inverno, na qual até quatro jogadores (que não podem jogar simultaneamente) podem escolher entre corrida de patins no gelo, patinação artística, salto com esqui e Bobsled (trenó).
Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Dec 09, 2018)
It’s obvious that Epyx put a lot of effort into Winter Games, and in this case it covers a multitude of errors. But honestly I’ll probably never play it again.
50 (UK) (Apr 12, 2009)
The game supports up to eight players, but most events only allow you to play one after another. As with the others in the series, some events - such as Biathlon and Bobsled - have aged reasonably well, and are still fun to play. Events like Hot Dog and Figure Skating, with their reliance on outdated rhythm reactions, are less than enjoyable in 2009. As always, then, another mixed bag that only entertains some of the time.
Commodore 64The Video Game Critic (Mar 04, 2014)
Despite playing this during "the winter that doesn't want to end" and fresh off the actual Olympics, I had a hard time getting into Winter Games. The controls were just awkward and the weakest/lamest event (figure skating) effectively makes up two of the seven events. Why not include hockey or curling? I'd go back to see if I can get my name saved to disk for at least one event (preferably the biathlon), but there isn't much draw beyond that. Like most sports games of its time, Winter Games is much better if you have a human competitor, which would probably bump the score up to a B-.
NESNES Times (Nov 04, 2005)
Even if you never played the C64 version, you’ll still find the NES Winter Games to be a very disappointing sports game that doesn't even deserve the bronze. Fans of Epyx games will want to stay far away from this one. Play the C64 and Atari versions instead and put this failure on ice.
This incredibly bare-bones game with only two decent events certainly doesn’t make for a worthwhile winter experience.
NES1UP! (Dec 30, 2010)
Avec ses graphismes hideux qui feraient presque passer les premiers jeux NES pour des oeuvres d'art, sa compétition qui ne dure que quelques minutes et le caractère pseudo-aléatoire de sa jouabilité, Winter Games est purement et simplement un désastre. On l'étudie plutôt qu'on y joue, le disséquant avec une incrédulité mêlée de dégoût. Comment un titre pareil a-t-il pu voir le jour, non seulement sur le marché japonais, au format Disk System, mais américain aussi ? Il est plus laid qu'un jeu Atari 2600, plus court qu'un jeu Tiger, plus lourd qu'un jeu de pétanque. Si cet hiver vous ne mourez pas de froid, il y a toujours Winter Games pour vous achever.
Amstrad CPCComputer Gamer (Jul, 1986)
This Amstrad conversion of the excellent Winter Games actually features graphics (particularly the background) that are better than the original C64 game. Well done US Gold, now what about Summer Games and Summer Games II.
16 (Jan, 2014)
Who were these Winter Games made for? Gaming enthusiasts who have the patience and tenacious buttocks to wrestle with the game’s horrid controls? Actual athletes from the Winter Olympics? I bet it’s easier to qualify for the Olympics than to beat the computer’s high scores on this frosty dungheap. If you have to play any version, try out the original Commodore 64 game; I’ve heard good things. The NES port is dishonorably disqualified.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Feb 25, 2009)
Winter Games unceremoniously ends by returning you to the main menu, without even bothering to mention who won. High scores are recorded on world record screens, but I don't know if that was ever battery backed-up. The best thing about Winter Games is that it's over so quickly. Wow, this is really a half-hearted translation of what should have been a quality game.
Commodore 64Happy Computer (Nov, 1985)
Das Gesamturteil fallt wie bei „Summer Games“ I & II sehr gut aus. Von einigen kleinen Schönheitsfehlern abgesehen, ist „Winter Games“ ein absolutes Muß für Sportspiel-Fans. Spielerisch und grafisch dürfte dieses Spiel-Genre allerdings ausgereizt sein; viel mehr als die hier gezeigte Qualität läßt sich kaum aus den 8-Bit-Heimcomputern quetschen. Wenn Sie mit Begeisterung „Summer Games“ spielen, sollte der winterliche Nachfolger auf keinen Fall in Ihrer Software-Sammlung fehlen. Allen Computerspiel-Fans - Sportspiel-Muffel allerdings ausgenommen - darf „Winter Games“ herzlich empfohlen werden. Ein sicherer Anwärter auf eine Verkaufs-Goldmedaille im Weihnachtsgeschäft.