Winter Olympiad 88
Copyright/Publisher: Tynesoft, Programmed by: Ian Davison, Chris Murray & Brian Jobling, Graphics: Mike Owens,
Music: Wally Beben, Release Year: 1988, Genre: Multi Events, Number Of Players: 1 to 6

Outstanding graphics and realistic game play take you through five stunning events - Ski Jump (heats), Downhill, Bob Sled, Ski Jump (final) and Slalom, with many extra play features. (c) Tynesoft.

David Vine is one of the world's leading winter sport commentators and certainly the most travelled. He has been connected with the Winter Olympic Games for the last 20 years and his commentaries are heard throughout the world. His BBC TV programme 'Ski Sunday' jas just celebrated it's tenth anniversary and it's 100th edition which, incidentally, came from Calgary.

David Vine has kindly taken time out to give us his thoughts of Canada and it's forthcoming Olympics.

"The Modern Olympic Winter Games, as they are officially called, began in 1924 in Chamonix, a French resort now among the most popular for those who "get away from it all" during what can be dull and miserable times before and after Christmas at home.

Instead of grey skies and rain, a few weeks of brilliant snow, sunshine, good living and excitement give you a lot to talk about - and boast about - once the reality returns. Since 1924 and the start of it all, the Games have been staged in nine different countries, the United States having been hosts on three occasions, Switzerland, France and Austria twice.

Calgary is rightly proud of the fact that on behalf of Canade, they become the tenth nation to welcome the world to what will be the 15th Olympic Winter Games. It has every sign of being quite a welcome!

Canada will be waving the banners and ringing the cow bells for their new young hero, Rob Boyd who takes on established champions like Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland and his team mater Peter Mueller. And we'll be shouting for Britain's Martin Bell who's come so close so often in the past couple of seasons.

Also at Nakisha are the technical events as we call them, those where the slalom experts weave their intricate patterns between a maze of red and blue gates. The Giant Slalom combines the skill of the never ending turns with the speed you need to generate for the downhill - and hopefully you make every turn instead of flying, out of control, into the safety nets or the straw bales.

Away from the alpine you'll find Olympic Park, just on the City boundary. You can't miss it because towering above everything are the giant ski jumps where the bird men perform. Imagine jumping off the top of St.Paul's Cathedral at seventy miles an hour and flying straight over Wembley Stadium from goal mouth to goal mouth.

Yes, that's what you do if you're a ski jumper. You also hold your breath - just a little and make sue you look good in the air because judges are marking you for style as well.

Calgary is the home of rodeo, it's famous Stampede attracting 100.000 people a day throughout the 10 days of July when you can't move for bucking broncos, chuckwagon races and pancakes piled high.

They expect the same number of people to be there to watch the bucking broncos of the ski slopes, the ever-so-crazy downhillers travelling at over 80 miles an hour down the side of a mountain you couldn't climb up on hands and knees - Nakiska is the purpose built Mount Allen site for all the alpine races, the blue riband events of the Games.

It's in the heart of the Eastern Rocky Mountains, about 60 miles along the Trans Canada highway from the city. Over 25 million dollars have been spent to produce a showpiece of snow sport and the Calgarians, complete with white stetsons and cowboy buckles put it quite simply: "No one is going to bum a ride on our course. One mistake and you're out." I believe them.

When I was there last winter for the World Cup, I saw a whole collection of the world's most famous downhillers unable to get round the most vicious corner I've seen in eleven years on the slopes. Not only is it like a hairpin but it's sheet ice on top of rock. Good luck.

The most futuristic looking event is the bob sleigh where today the bobs resemble space age bullet cars. The start and the push off is vital - and so is the jump in! The new track is the most advanced ever built with 62 miles of refrigeration pipe incorporated in the run. They'll be able to race even if we get a heat-wave.

And if you want to try something really difficult, the Biathlon is the one for you. You ski for what seems hours over a cross country course carrying a rifle on your back. Suddenly, as you turn a corner, there's a shooting range in front of you.

You stop heart pumping, arms and legs shaking and try to hold the rifle steady and shoot out the targets. And then it's off again, and again, and again. It's like using a sledge hammer for an hour or so and then trying to throw a dart in the bulls eye. Try it.

In the old days of Calgary's oil boom, they say they had as many as a thousand parties every Saturday night. The 15th Winter Olympic Games could be their biggest party yet. I'm glad I've got my invitation."

After the opening credit screen press the FIRE BUTTON to continue to the first option screen.

OPTION 1 - Select the number of players 1-6 then press RETURN. Now type in the players' names no more than 8 characters. Press RETURN.

OPTION 2 - On the Flags of Nations screen select the Country you wish to compete for, using the joystick and FIRE BUTTON for each player.

OPTION 3 - Events Screen
You can select to play or miss an Event by pressing the Y or N key as it flashes next to the event.
After the opening Ceremonies have been completed press the FIRE BUTTON to start loading the first Event you have selected.

Event 1: Ski Jump (3 HEATS)
Ski Jumping turns a skier into a 'Birdman' as he descends the 90 metre run, reaching the take off point - 'Point of No Return' at a speed approaching 70 mph. The ground seems far away as you grapple to control your skies and take maximum advantage of any prevailing wind conditions. Distance is all important but so is your style.

Flying through the air leaning forward to pierce and reduce wind resistance then controlling your skis for that perfect landing.

To start the Skier's descent press the Fire Button. As he approaches the take off point, again press Fire Button to launch him into the air.
Whilst in the air control the skies with the Joystick keeping them level for landing. Points are awarded for both distnace and style. Style is the length of time you have held the skies in a level position together with a safe landing.

To gain maximum points, time your jump off the run and keep your skis together for as long as possible for those valuable style points.

Event 2: Downhill (1 Heat)
This is the fastest of the Alpine Ski Events where competitors ski down a very steep 3km tree lined course, avoiding rocky outcrops and other hazards whilst taking the shortest possible line from Start to Finish.

Style is not important but survival and your Finish Time are. Too high a jump or wrong line around a corner makes the difference between the Gold and nowhere.

Guide the skier down the slope through the trees, jumping the hazards such as logs.

Fire button starts the Skier's descent down the twisting route. Push joystick UP to accelerate, pull Down to slow, Left and Right to move skier.
FIRE BUTTON to jump the hazardous fallen logs.

After the scores have been displayed and you have selected either 'NEXT EVENT' or 'RE-TRY' push the joystick UP to continue.

Event 3: Biathlon (1 Heat)
Probably the most gruelling of all the skiing events where endurance and concentration are of paramount importance. When a skier has to exert all his energy over a long period of time in extreme cold air conditions, he needs to be super fit.

When he stops at thbe various target ranges on route, he must be able to compose himself quickly as concentration and a steady hand are now needed to take out these targets and maximise his score. The rifle used is a speical .22 with sights, with a limited number of bullets allowable and is carried on his shoulder around the complete course. The score is calculated on the elapsed time and shooting score.

Fire button will push the skier off from the Start then left and right on the Joystick slowly at first will build up his rhythm and speed.
On reaching the Firing Range he has five bullets for the five targets, speed and accuracy is required here for the best scores.
A miss will add 5 seconds to your score. After the Score Board, Fire Button will start loading for next event.

Event 4: Slalom (3 Heats)
As with the other Alpine Ski event, Slalom needs special qualities to gain that coveted Gold. The competitor needs agility and great timing and co-ordination to swing his body the series of gates. Once the skier attains his rhythm he or she must hold it till the bitter end, as once lost it will prove to be virtually impossible to regain.

The scoring is based on time to complete the Course plus further penalty points for missing gates. The lowest aggregate time determine the Medal standings.

Fire Button starts the Skier's fun followed by left and right for controlling the skier.
The Fire Button can be used to straighten up the skier and push the sticks for more speed. Ideal for that extra speed over the Finish line. br>Weave through the gates with the Yellow flag to his right and the Brown flag to his left. br>Fire Button after Score Board to go on to the next Event.

Event 5: Bob Sled (3 Heats)
This sport is the most dangerous of the winter events, where the driver's skill and split sceond judgement is imperative for his survival as he hurtles down the 1.5 km run.

The bobs today resemble bullets and that is just how they traverse the run at speeds of 90 mph plus not just down the straights but round ice walls where the forces of gravity try and tear your body apart.

The fragile looking crafts have little steering control, even less suspension and next to no brakes. The bob sled team who contend with this are brave athletes whose goal is to shave those precious tenths of a second off their run times.

Fire Button starts the Event with left and right on the joystick to controlk the Bob as it hurtles down the run.
The optimum position on the track, on corners for your best time is up towards the rim of the corner. But Beware!
Fire Button operates the brake when things get a little hairy and out of control.

After completing your last Event you will be shown the final Medal Table. To replay the game re-load the game as per loading instructions.

Here is your chance to win the holiday of a lifetime in our Free To Enter Competition. The first prize being a trip for two to the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

The lucky winner and their companion will be departing from London Gatwick at 10.50 a.m. Tuesday, February 16th on Wardair flight WD151 direct to Calgary, where you will arrive at 12.45 p.m. local time. From there you will be transferred to your Hotel situated in the heart of the Rockies, in the beautiful small town of Banff. This will be your base for the next 7 days, from where your arranged trips take place.

WEDNESDAY 17th at 13.30 is your first event - The 90 metres Ski-Jump situated in the Olympic Park.

THURSDAY 18th and FRIDAY 19th are free days to soak up the atmosphere of this special occasion.

SATURDAY 20th at 10.00 takes you back to the Olympic Park for the awe-inspiring 2 man Bob-sled with all it's thrills and spills.

Sunday 21st at 12.30 takes you to the Nakiska for the Men's Alpine Ski-ing event.

MONDAY 22nd at 18.00 is the climax to your spectating - A trip to the magnificent Saddle Dome in Calgary for Figure Skating.

TUESDAY 23rd - Most of today is free for last minute shopping before transfer from your Hotel to the Airport for your 19.05 flight back to the U.K. arriving 10.30 on Wednesday.

I am sure you will agree that this should be a truly magnificent experience.

To enter the competition all you have to do is put in the correct order the eight most important qualities you feel are needed to make a No. 1. Alpine Ski-ing athlete, using the Official Entry Form only:


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1. The competition is only open to those who have purchased the game and have an Official Entry Form.

2. Responsibility will not be accepted for entries lost, delayed, mislaid or damaged in the post, or offered for delivery insufficiently stamped. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery. Entries which are altered, illegable or not in accordance with these Rules will be disqualified.

3. THe draw will take place on 1st February, 1988 and will be supervised by independent observeres.

4. The Holiday will be awarded to the first correct entry drawn on 1st Februart, 1988.

5. The prizes are not transferable and winners will not be permitted to take cash as an alternative to the prizes.

6. No correspondence can be entered into.

7. Tynesoft reserves the right to feature the names and locations of the winners in future promotions.

8. All entries must be sent to the Tynesoft - Winter Olympics Competition, Addison Industrial Estate, Blaydon, Tyne & Wear NE21 4TE.

9. The closing dare for receipt of entries is 30th January, 1988.