World Games (video game)
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Apple IIGS cover art
|Platform(s)||Commodore 64, MSX, Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Apple IIe, Apple IIGS, NES, Sega Master System, PC, Virtual Console|
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. A Virtual Console version was released in Europe on April 25, 2008.
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.
Info gave the Commodore 64 version of World Games three-plus stars out of five, describing it as "my least favorite of the series". Stating that slalom skiing was the best event, the magazine concluded that "Epyx does such a nice, consistent job of execution, tho, that it's hard to take off too many points even for such boring material". Computer Gaming World's Rick Teverbaugh criticized the slalom skiing and log rolling events' difficulty, but concluded that "World Games is still a must for the avid sports games". Charles Ardai called the game "an adequate sequel" to Epyx's previous Games, and praised the graphics. He 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. Jame Trunzo 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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