In preparation for the XXIVth Olympic Games in Seoul, Ocean have taken their ageing
Daley Thompsons licence, given it a good dusting down and come up with yet more joystick-breaking
Based around ten Olympic decathlon events, Daley has to prove his worth at the 100m sprint,
pole vault, javelin, discus, high jump, long jump, shot put, 110m hurdles plus the 400 and 1500 metres.
More or less a re-vamping of the original Daley Thompson´s Decathlon which appeared in 1984, the latest
Daley goings-on have a similar style of play, much improved graphics and one or two extra touches, including
an initial workout session in the gym.
Before the serious competition begins, Daley is put through his paces doing bicep curls with free weights,
together with sit-ups and leg-raises on a multigym. Each repetition adds a small amount of Lucozade to a bottle
at the side. If the bottle is filled before the time limit expires it can then be drunk before one of the main
events to instill Daley with extra energy, making that particular event slightly easier. However, if he flunks
the workout, Daley recieves little more than a good telling off from his manager.
Having successfully advanced to the great outdoors, Daley begins the contest in earnest. He starts by selecting
some suitable footwear from a scrolling catalogue of 11 pairs of Adidas trainers. Only once a selection has been
made is the trainer's correct purpose revealed.
Each event has it's own appropriate footwear, and if the correct shoes are chosen, for the current event,
Daley´s efforts are increased (right tools for the right job and all that).
All of the events require a degree of effort on Daley's behalf, which manifests itself in some pretty ferocious
joystick waggling. If you're unfamiliar with this mode of play (ie, you live under a rock or haven't been born yet),
you simply move the joystick rapidly from side to side to boost a constantly falling 'power meter'.
Once Daley's energy is up to the required level this is either sustained for the duration of the race, or the fire
button pressed to initiate the necessary action and held down to increase the angle of attack of the jump or throw.
As Daley competes in each event, he scores points according to the decathlon points system. Unlike previous games which
halted your efforts as soon as you failed to qualify on one event, DTOC keeps a check on your score and only sends
you back to the first discipline once it feels that you don't stand a chance of winning a medal (clever, eh?). In this way,
you can make a total cock-up of one event yet still progress to the final standings by doing well in the remaining events.
The whole competition takes place against a stadium backdrop, complete with spectators doing 'The Wave' and some effective
parallax scrolling. It is Daley himself who steals the show, through, being beautifully drawn (he´s even te right colour
this time!) and extremely well animated as he goes through a variety of different manoeuvres.
Having said that, DTOC is very similar to its four-year-old predecessor. If you've missed out on games of this sort, then
this latest case of the DT's should fit the bill nicely. Those of you who already own a sporty waggler (such as Decathlon
on the Firebird budget label, one of the Epyx range or even Daley's earlier offering) should have a good look before