World Games
Copyright/Publisher: Kixx/Epyx, Programmed by: K-Byte; Matt Decker, Joe Simko, Chris
Desterling, Doug Dragin, Bob Macdowell, Jay Braman, Jeff Webb, Brent Degraaf & Steve Mage,
Graphics by: Michael Kosaka, Jenny Martin, Suzie Greene, Courtney Granner,
Music by: Steve Mage, Genre: Multi Events, Release Year: 1986, Number Of Players: 1 to 8

My favourite multi-eventer of all time features an eclectic mix of events, taking place at exotic locations around the world.

After selecting up to eight players and their countries, the first event is Weightliftning. Both 'snatch' and 'clean and jerk' lifts are attempted by accurately timed joystick movemnets - as with later events, emphasis is on skill rather than strenuous joystick waggling.

Only slow, rhythmic waggling is required for Barrel Jumping to gain speed before pressing fire to clear a line of barrels. Next comes the real brown-trunks jobbie: Cliff Diving in Acapulco! Judge the wind the clear the rocks by a whisker for the highest-scoring dive.

Quick reactions are needed for Slalom Skiing. Zigzag around the flags to avoid time penalties, but ski as straight as possible for extra speed. The main hazard here is going straight into one of the flags, resulting in instant disqualification from one of your two runs.

The aim in Log Rolling is not to get wet. In multi-player games this is a simultaneous two-player contest, both competitors altering the speed and direction of their rolling to try and throw the other bloke off balance.

The following event has to be the homiest ever as you mount a mad animal in Bull Riding. React instanteously to the bull's movements (including spins) to stay onboard for the required eight seconds.

The last two events are my personal favourites. Tossing The Caber requires slow waggling in time with the tosser's legs to hold his huge pole at the right angle, before tossing it as far as possible. Get it wrong and it lands on his head, hammering him into the ground!

Finally, Sumo has two slim (compared to me!) wrestlers trying to push or throw each other out of the ring. Again, in multi-player games this is a competitive two-player event.

At the end of the day, the medal table is shown with each competitor scoring points for their medals. Win or lose, it's a helluva lot of fun. As well as looking great, the events are really well designed, combining quick reactions, careful timing and the odd bit of waggling. As with all Epyx sims, any event can be practised to your haer's content.

Of course, multi-player games are best with a really competitive atmosphere (especially in the head-to-head two-player events), but even in solo games there's the world records to aim for. World Games is a timeless classic and has been available on the Kixx budget label (on tape and disk) for some time.



Weight Liftning

Barrel Jumping

Slalom Skiing

Log Rolling

Bull Riding

Caber Toss