Summer Games (video game)
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Commodore 64 Cover art
Summer Games is a sports video game developed by Epyx and released by U.S. Gold based on sports featured in the Summer Olympic Games. Released in 1984 for the Commodore 64, it was ported to the Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit family, and Sega Master System. Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Atari ST versions were also created for inclusion in compilations. In 2004 it was re-released on the C64 Direct-to-TV.
The game is presented as a virtual multi-sport competition called the "Epyx Games" (there was no official IOC licensing in place) with up to eight players each choosing a country to represent, and then taking turns competing in various events to try for a medal. A score of 5:3:1 is used — gold medals 5 points, silver medals 3 points, and bronze medals 1 point. On most versions, world records can be saved to the floppy disk.
The Commodore 64 version allows players to link Summer Games and Summer Games II to engage in one large Olympics, accumulating medals in a tournament from both games.
The game allows the player to compete in all of the events sequentially, choose a few events, choose just one event, or practice an event.
Ahoy! described Summer Games as "tremendously successful". As the first of Epyx's "Games" series, it founded what became what a historian later described as "the most sustainedly popular in the long life of the Commodore 64", the most popular home computer of the mid-1980s.
- Olympic Decathlon (1980)
- The Activision Decathlon (1983)
- Track & Field (1983)
- Daley Thompson's Decathlon (1984)
- Summer Games at SpectrumComputing.co.uk
- Interview with Scott Nelson from The Epyx Shrine (by Cybergoth)
- Images of Summer Games box, manual and screen shots
- The Atari 2600 version of Summer Games can be played for free in the browser at the Internet Archive