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Atelier Double (Famicom Disk System/NES)
|Publisher(s)||Epyx (US), U.S. Gold (EU)|
Pony Canyon (Famicom Disk System)
|Programmer(s)||Richard A. Ditton|
Kenichi Tomizawa (Famicom Disk System/NES)
|Platform(s)||Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Apple IIGS, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, PC, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, C64, NES, Famicom Disk System, Virtual Console, Apple Macintosh|
A snow-and-ice themed follow-up to the highly successful Summer Games, Winter Games was released in 1985 for the Commodore 64 and later ported to several popular home computers and video game consoles of the 1980s.
The game was presented as a virtual multi-sport carnival called the "Epyx Winter Games" (there was no official IOC licensing in place) with up to 8 players each choosing a country to represent, and then taking turns competing in various events to try for a medal.
The events available vary slightly depending on the platform, but include some or all of the following:
- Alpine skiing
- Ski jumping
- Figure skating
- Speed skating
- Freestyle skiing; more precisely, the aerial skiing discipline, called "Hot Dog Aerials" in the game
The game allowed you to compete in all of the events sequentially, choose a few events, choose just one event, or practice an event.
Winter Games was ported to the Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Apple Macintosh, Apple IIGS, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, and DOS computer platforms, and to the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Family Computer Disk System video game consoles. In 2004, it was featured as one of the games on the C64 Direct-to-TV. A Virtual Console version was released in Europe on February 20, 2009.
Info rated Winter Games four-plus stars out of five, stating that each event was good enough to be sold separately, and concluding that it was "Sports simulation at its best!". In 1985 Zzap!64 gave 94% for the game calling it "another classic sport simulation from Epyx". Lemon64 website users have given average vote of 8.6 which places the game on top 20 list on the site. The game was reviewed in 1988 in Dragon #132 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 3½ out of 5 stars. The Spectrum version topped the charts for the month of April. However, the NES and Famicom Disk System versions were critically panned for unresponsive controls, abysmal music and poor graphics.
In 1996, Next Generation listed the "Games" series collectively as number 89 on its "Top 100 Games of All Time". The magazine stated that though the games had great graphics for their time, their most defining qualities were their competitive multiplayer modes and "level of control that has yet to be equaled".
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