Olympic Summer Games (video game)
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|Olympic Summer Games|
Sega Megadrive Cover art
Tiertex Design Studios
Sega Genesis, Game Boy & Super Nintendo Entertainment System
|Release date(s)||3DO & Sega Genesis
|Mode(s)||Single-player, two player hotseat or simultaneously|
Olympic Summer Games is the 16-bit edition of the official video game of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. It is the third game of a loose "trilogy" also consisting of Olympic Gold and Winter Olympics. It was the last "Olympic" video game released for the fourth generation of consoles, as well as the Game Boy.
It follows the already common button mashing techniques of previous (and future) games, with the usual exceptions.
The game comes with eight preset athletes to choose from, but the player can customize their names and nationalities before entering events.
As in the previous titles, there are three difficulty levels and both Olympics and mini-Olympics (here called "custom game") modes. However, the points table was removed, and the only way to compare results is by the medals' table. In the sprinting events, there are two qualifying rounds, and only the winner (out of four competitors) passes to the next round. On long jump, triple jump, discus and javelin each player has three attempts; the best 10 progress to the final and have three extra attempts. The best result overall wins. In high jump and pole vault there aren't qualifying rounds; the players jump in turns until missing three consecutive jumps.
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92
|Official video game of the Summer Olympics
Winter Olympics: Lillehammer 94
|Official video game of the Olympics
Nagano Winter Olympics '98