The Activision Decathlon
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|The Activision Decathlon|
|Platform(s)||Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, MSX|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, up to four players on the Atari 8-bit|
The Activision Decathlon is a sports game written by David Crane for the Atari 2600 and published by Activision in 1983. It was ported to the Atari 8-bit family, Atari 5200, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, and MSX. Up to four players compete in the ten different events of a real-life decathlon, either in sequence or individually.
The events are:
- 100-Meter Dash
- Long Jump
- Shot Put
- High Jump
- 400-Meter Race
- 110-Meter Hurdles
- Discus Throw
- Pole Vault
- Javelin Throw
- 1500-Meter Race
Activision Decathlon Club patches
A player whose score met or exceeded the values below could send photo documentation to receive an Activision Decathlon Club patch in one of the colors of an Olympic medal:
- 8,600 points: Bronze
- 9,000 points: Silver
- 10,000 points: Gold
Shortly after release, Activision's Decathlon drew comparisons to Konami's popular arcade game Hyper Olympic (Track & Field), which was introduced at the Amusement Machine Show a month later in September 1983. According to Cash Box magazine, several people claimed there were "cursory similarities" between the two games.
The Atari 2600 version of Decathlon was reviewed by Video magazine in its "Arcade Alley" column where it was described as "an absolute triumph of imaginative programming" and as "a masterwork.":28 Computer and Video Games rated the VCS version 92% while giving the ColecoVision version a 93% score.
In 1985, the game appeared at number-two on the Atari 8-bit chart in the United Kingdom.
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Publisher: Firebird (UK) [..] Other versions with the same title: Activision (USA), Activision (UK), HES.
- The Activision Decathlon for Atari 2600 at Atari Mania
- The Atari 2600 version of The Activision Decathlon can be played for free in the browser at the Internet Archive
- The Activision Decathlon video capture