Hunchback At The Olympics
Copyright/Publisher: Software Projects, Release Year: 1985,
Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Dismal attempt at joystick-waggling sports action.
This is a conversion of an arcade game of the same name. You may not have seen the
arcade original and after viewing this reasonably accurate copy you'll kmow why. It bombed.
The original game was released to cash in on the sports simulation boom caused by Konami's
Track and Field. Now released for the 64 after Decathlon, Summer Games and Hesgames it seems
rather pointless exercise. Especially since it's a terribly inferior example of the genre.
The idea of is to go through eight events of a decathlon, qualifying for each event by
reaching a set standard. You do this by either hammering at a key or moving the joystick
backwards and forwards as fast as you can. The faster you do so the faster the hunchback
will run, throw or jump. In the field events you also have to time a jump or throw at
the right moment.
The eight events are: 100m sprint, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin, 110m hurdles
and high jump. Each one requires a reasonable speed to qualify, although in the field
events the speed of runup is rather erratically judged: sometimes you have the maximum
speed and perfect angle to takeoff and you won't qualify.
Graphics and animation are pretty appalling - for example, none of the things thrown
follow a realistic trajectory. Another laugh is at the long jump. Hunchy runs up to the
board, makes a little jump and sails along about a foot off the ground on a perfectly
horizontal plane until he lands.
In between screens, if you qualify, Esmeralda will come and give you a great big
smackerooni. If you don't qualify there's an amusing screen where Hunchback is attacked by
something or other. The first time you see this is quite funny, the second time yawn, the
third aaagh and after that the temptation to reach for the off switch is huge.
Certainly should have a XXX rating just for the mental effect of sitting through the
'funny' screens a few times (new definition of the word funny). Rubbishly gameplay,
pathetic graphics and boooring sound gives this something special amongst the elite
ranks of Zzap tackles. Tres, tres horribles.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Just when I thought tacky Decathlon games were finished
they come up with this. I found nothing new to it and the humourous interrupt screens
became unfunny very quickly. We all like Decathlons but I'd prefer even DT's to this.
I didn't think that it was possible to get any worse then Daley Thompson's Decathlon...
until I'd seen this. Small, tacky graphics combined with atrocious sound and bad gameplay
makes me wonder why Software Projects ever thought, to use the Hunchback name in the