This is a winter sports game that lets you compete in five Olympic events: Downhill skiing, Biathlon, Slalom, Ski Jump and Bob Sled. It is very similar to offerings like Winter Games from Epyx.
In Downhill skiing, you must avoid the obstacles and make it to the bottom of the hill, by swerving left and right and adjusting your speed by pushing the joystick forward and back. The Slalom is similar, involving skiing around flags.
In the ski jump, you must position the skis for a proper landing. In the bobsled event, you must carefully control the angles so your bobsled doesn't flip. The Biathlon event combines skiing to shooting ranges and shooting the targets archery-style.
Tynesoft's last attempt at a sport tournament game is a much better attempt than Summer Olympiad, mainly because the range of sports they select are much more adaptable to computer games-- meaning the events are more interesting, and the controls more intuitive. There is speed skating, two-man bobsled, and a host of other events that form a typical winter tournament. The graphics are good for their time, and the finger-tapping parts are kept spaced out and not too hard for anyone with little reflexes (like yours truly).
As in Summer Olympiad, you first choose a country to represent from a list of 20 or so. You can then practice each individual event, or join the full tournament. In terms of sophistication, the game lies somewhere between Epyx' Winter Games and Accolade's Summer Challenge, but it is almost as fun as both games despite being much less known. I actually enjoyed it more than the PC version of Epyx' Winter Games, which looks primitive in comparison even though the graphics modes are the same (CGA). Recommended!
People who downloaded Winter Olympiad (a.k.a. Winter Challenge) have also downloaded:
Winter Olympics: Lillehammer '94, Winter Games, World Games, Winter Supersports 92, Torino 2006, RTL Winter Games 2007, Summer Games 2, California Games
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