Olympic Games set in the stone age. Events include clubbing, dinoracing, firemaking, matetossing, saber racing and the dino vault.
Supporting up to four players (six on the NES), you must select your caveman from a total of six different characters with different backgrounds, all with different skills and drawbacks.
Here is a release to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2004 olympic games. A very interesting release from Dynamix, Caveman Ugh-lympics is one of my favourite olden-day sports game. Even to this day I find the game very original and fun to play.
The game takes the Olympic Games idea and moulds it until nothing is left but a Flintstone like mass of fun and enjoyment. Up to 6 people can play the game and be ready to crush your keyboard till there is nothing left.
You start the game choosing the number of players and then each player chooses a person to play with. There is nothing more enjoyable that watching you hold the club over the head of one of the players and them looking to see whether you'll club them (and choose them to play) or not. Once you've chosen a player, you go to the games main menu, where you have to choice of either practice or start the actual ugh-lympics. The ugh-lympics are made up of 6 games in all:
- Saber Race In this game you run against one opponent and the aim is to out run him while there is a sabre tooth tiger running behind both of you just waiting for one of you to slip up. The game is made more interesting with certain obstacles in the way which you need to jump over, and of course your opponent, who pushes you backwards if he catches up with you.
- Matetoss Kind of like discus, in this game you have to spin your mate and try and throw her as far as you can. I find the keys to be a bit funny and hard to master in the game, but it's always funny when you see her land too short and you see her give you the down-finger.
- Firemaking My all-time favourite is firemaking, where you race an opponent to create a full-burning fire. The two of you sit next to each other and race to rub two sticks together to make sparks. Once there are enough sparks on the wood, you need to blow on it to start the fire. This is again made more difficult by giving you and your opponent a certain amount of breath which, if you run out, requires a couple of seconds of recuperation to continue. Aside from that you can also hit each other with the sticks which could buy you some time, or make you lose more time if you miss.
- Clubbing An all time favourite when playing against another human is clubbing. In this game you face off against each other holding clubs on a cliff. The point is to club each other off the cliff sides. This game is split into two modes: Intimidation phase, and the clubbing phase. In intimidation phase you need to growl, jump and pull all kinds of funny stances to try and intimidate the other player. This last for about a minute, after which the clubbing starts. This is pretty simple as you don't appear to have a lot of moves and the real skill seems to be in dodging your opponent's moves and clubbing them on the rebound.
- Dino Race This one is pretty straight forward. You sit on a dinosaur and race against an opponent. The trick is to make the dinosaur race faster and jump over the obstacles in its way.
- Dino Vault I found this one the hardest to master and you will definitely need a new keyboard after it. It is a basic game of Pole Vault with one simple difference: The rewards are higher! There is a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex at the end who you need to vault over, and he is just waiting for you to make a mistake.
Aside from the graphics, which are pretty good for that time, the atmosphere and style of the game are superb. It's always easy to see what you are doing and there is no mistaking anything. I would have loved to see this game in full VGA though, and can only hope they will make a sequel.
The sound is probably the only disappointing aspect of the game, although it does also keep you informed about what you are doing and how you are doing it. I will also never forget that opening tune from the game even though that's just probably nostalgia talking.
All in all this game is a wonderful addition to the sport genre and I'm sure that each and every person will find something to like about it. Enjoy!
A hilarious, tongue-in-cheek olympics game like you've never seen it before, Caveman Ugh-Lympics depicts what olympics may have been like in the prehistoric times. Choose an athlete among 6 choices, each with different expertise, to compete in saber race, mate toss, clubbing, firemaking, dino race and dino vault. The events, especially dino vault and firemaking, are very original and fun to watch, despite some awkward controls.
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