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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 ZX Spectrum Coach report - it was actually 104, he lost count
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge ZX Spectrum Doing dumbbell reps to build up strength
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge ZX Spectrum I'm running more like the milk float than Linford

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Alternate Titles

  • "Daley Thompson `88" -- Working title

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Crash! Nov, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair Nov, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Crash! Nov, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Sinclair User Oct, 1988 72 out of 100 72
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Your Sinclair Nov, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Sinclair User Oct, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60


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Programmer Sean Pearce:
Most of the animated graphics of Daley 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 (66801) added Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 02, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209401), Martin Smith (66801) and Virgil (8377)