Originally released to coincide with the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Epyx's
sports sim comprises seven events.
Luge has you waggling to push your sledge at the start of the chosen toboggan
run where you steer left and right to take the shortest route around the bends.
Then it's on with your best frilly skirt for the Figure Skating. First you must
choreograph your routine by choosing your music style and compiling a sequence of
jumps and spins which you will perform afterwards.
More skating next, but you dispense with the skirt in favour of a figure-hugging
bodysuit for Speed Skating. Compete against a computer or human opponent by moving
left and right in time with the skater's arms as he glides around the oval track.
Next it's out on the piste for a spot of skiing: first, the Downhill. The first-person
3-D action is interrupted by the side-on camera views (whose position you select)
where you can show off by doing flips. Slalom is shown in Zaxxon-style with you
competing against a computer or human opponent, weaving between the flags.
Then put on your milk-bottle glasses and silly grin for the high-flying Ski Jump,
steering down the ramp and controlling your position in the air. It may be dangerous
but don't worry: if you finish last you might become an overnight celebrity!
Finally, there's the Cross Country Skiing: move left and right with the skier's
legs and fire to thrust him down the hills.
Back in Issue 40 the game earned a respectable 76% with Paul Sumner the most
enthusiastic reviewer. The other two weren't as keen with Paul Glancey finding the
more complex events 'excruciatingly difficult to complete' while Gordo wondered
'if the Epyx bubble has finally burst.'
In fact none of the events are outstanding: the best are the simpler, simultaneous
two-player ones. The graphics aren't that hot either (maybe it's all that snow),
though there's a lot of variation in perspective.
Worst of all is the multiload which is a real pain - you spend more time loading
than playing. Still, as with most multi-eventers the sheer variety gives the game
some value at the budget price.