Daley Thompson's Decathlon
Copyright/Publisher: Ocean, Music: Martin Galway & David Dunn,
Release Year: 1984, Genre: Athletics, Number Of Players: 1 or 2

It says on the cover "simulates all ten events in this the most gruelling event in the History of the Olympiad" and I completely agree! The most gruelling part was waggling the joystick from side to side in a desperate attempt to finish the running races - winning was almost impossible! The 1500 was the worst, I felt totally exhausted and nearly ended up with servere wrist strain!

Ten events are played over two days - 100, 400, 1500 metre running races, 110 metre hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault, discus, shot and javelin. The screen shows us the arena with the appropriate scene for the sport. High jumps, hurdles, red race tracks and even a sand pit complete with a little man who rushes out and rakes the sand after every jump. The crowd oversee all events and cheer wildly for a good performance.

As scoring system at the top of the screen was rather messy, but featured the world records for each event alongside the players time, distance or height. Achieving a qualifying time is essential for point scoring.

The graphics were quite good and some of the complicated movements like high jump and running were very accurate. Sound was adequate. If your wrist is up to it, this game is most suitable for armchair Decathlon enthusiasts.


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