Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge - Rerelease
Copyright/Publisher: Ocean Software Ltd, Programmed By:
Richard Palmer &
David Collier, Sound By: Jonathan Dunn,
Graphics By: John Palmer,
Release Year: 1988, Genre: Athletics,
Number Of Players: 1
Yes it's more waggling whoopee with Daley competing in the ten events of the
Olympic decathlon. Believe it or not, this is even more strenuous than the
original DT's Decathlon with joystick waggling required in every single event!
And there's more waggling before you even start the game proper: in the gym
Daley must waggle to do as many exercises as possible to fill up his Lucozade
bottle (?!). Before any event he can choose to use this extra energy to help him.
Footwear also makes a difference to the toughness of the event: Daley has ten
pairs of trainers to choose from, each specially made for one event (anyway his
feet probably get a bit whiffy with all that running!).
Olympic Challenge is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing of the DT
series, with a large, well animated Daley in the gym section and decent graphics
and FX in the actual events. It's a pity then that there's so much waggling with
no 'easier' events to have a rest on.
Also, you only get three attempts to qualify on an event, failure sending you
right back to the first event. I remember vividly when this was originally released
to coincide with the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Then, Daley snapped his vaulting pole;
now, you're just as likely to break your joystick.