Daley Thompson's Decathlon

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Daley Thompson's Decathlon Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Ocean Software
Publisher(s) Ocean Software
Distributor(s) Ocean Software
Programmer(s) Paul Owens, Christian Urquhart [1]
Artist(s) David Thorpe
Composer(s) Martin Galway
Platform(s) Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1984
Genre(s) Sport

Daley Thompson's Decathlon is a computer game based on Konami's Track & Field, developed and released under license by Ocean Software in 1984.[2] It was released in the wake of Daley Thompson's popularity following his gold medals in the decathlon at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games.


The player takes part in the ten events of the modern decathlon:

The player starts the game with three lives; failure to reach the minimum standard in an event results in the loss of one life. Success in the 1500 Meters event results in the game returning to Day 1 to repeat the events with more difficult qualification criteria.

Running is simulated by hitting two keys (representing the left and right leg) alternately and as quickly as possible. The game rapidly gained a reputation amongst players as a "joystick killer" because of the constant vigorous waggling of the joystick required during many of the events.


The soundtrack of the C64 version of the game was composed by Martin Galway and David Dunn. The introduction music is based on the 1978 electronic music piece "Rydeen" by Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). The music appearing upon completing the game is based on the title theme by Vangelis for the film Chariots Of Fire.


Sinclair User gave the game a score of 8/10.[3] It went on to become the biggest selling Spectrum game of Q4 1984.[4] The game won the award for Game Of The Year 1984 in Crash magazine,[5] and was the Best Arcade Style Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.[6]

The game was included on the 1985 compilation They Sold a Million,[7] along with Beach-Head, Sabre Wulf and Jet Set Willy.

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Preceded by
Jet Set Willy
UK number-one Spectrum game
October 1984-January 1985
Succeeded by