Olympic Decathlon

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Olympic Decathlon
Platform(s) TRS-80
Apple II
Genre(s) Sports

Olympic Decathlon (1980 for TRS-80) Olympic Decathlon (1981 for Apple II)[1] aka Microsoft Decathlon (1982 for IBM PC)[1] is a computer game where the player participates in a Decathlon.

The gold medalist for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics, Bruce Jenner is a character in the game[1] and also appears in the 1996 game Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon.[2]


Decathlon received the Creative Computing Game of the Year Award at the 1980 West Coast Computer Faire.[3] BYTE in 1981 called Decathlon "a remarkable simulation ... challenging and entertaining", praising the adherence to the real decathlon's rules and the TRS-80 and Apple II versions' graphics.[3] Computer Gaming World stated in 1982 that Decathlon "has all the characteristics that are required of a long-lasting, quality game". It described the game as having "superb graphics and sound", and concluded that "it is an important contribution to the computer gaming hobby".[4]

A former decathlete wrote in PC Magazine in 1983 that "this impressive, realistic game brings back vivid memories and provides exciting entertainment through all ten events. The jumping and throwing events are particularly authentic, applying theories used in actual competition. Strategies combining speed, timing, and direction are authentic enough to help an Olympic hopeful train on the basic principles behind the individual events".[5] In 1984 InfoWorld stated that "no one's topped it yet. If I were Microsoft, I'd market the heck out of [Decathlon] this summer."[6]



  1. ^ a b c Olympic Decathlon on mobygames.com. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. ^ Bruce Jenner's World Class Decathlon Review on gamespot.com. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b Kater, David A (December 1981). "Olympic Decathlon". BYTE. p. 74. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Sipe, Russell (May–June 1982). "Olympic Decathlon: A Classic Computer Game". Computer Gaming World. pp. 32–33. 
  5. ^ Cobb, Douglas (December 1983). "Running, Reptiles, and 'Rithmetic". PC Magazine. p. 139. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Mace, Scott (1984-02-27). "Olympic games on the way". InfoWorld. p. 66. Retrieved 18 January 2015.