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.
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 5 out of 5 stars.