World Games (video game)
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Boxart for the Apple IIGS version
World Games is a sports video game developed by Epyx for the Commodore 64 in 1986. Versions for the Apple IIGS, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Sega Master System and other contemporary systems were also released. The NES version was released by Milton Bradley, and ported by Rare Ltd..
The events available vary slightly depending on the platform, and may include:
- Weightlifting (Russia)
- Slalom skiing (France)
- Log rolling (Canada)
- Cliff diving (Mexico)
- Caber toss (Scotland)
- Bull riding (United States)
- Barrel jumping (Germany)
- Sumo Wrestling (Japan)
The game allowed the player to compete in all of the events sequentially, choose a few events, choose just one event, or practice an event.
Computer Gaming World criticized the slalom skiing and log rolling events' difficulty, but concluded that "World Games is still a must for the avid sports games". A later review called the game "an adequate sequel" to Epyx's previous Games, and praised the graphics. It criticized the mechanics "as bizarre little joystick patterns which have little to do with the events" but still recommended the game because of the log rolling event. A third review praised the game's use of advanced graphics and sound, including humorous effects. Also noted was the variety in the included games, preventing the game from getting too repetitive.
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