World Games challenges you to compete in a variety of sporting events at locations around the globe. The game allows you to compete in one, some, or all events. You may also practice each event.
The game allows up to 8 players to compete against one another. The players are allowed to enter their own names and select the country which they will represent. Medals are awarded at the end of each event.
The events and their locations are: Weightlifting in Russia, Barrel Jumping in Germany, Cliff Diving in Acapulco, Slalom Skiing in France, Log Rolling in Canada, Caber Tossing in Scotland, Sumo Wrestling in Japan and Bull Riding in the American West.
The gold medal winner's national anthem is played during the award ceremonies. High scoring performances are saved on disk as world records.
World Games is an Olympics-style sports game with arcade-oriented gameplay. The events players can compete in include:
First of this game asks you if you have a joystick. Next you can chose to compete in a single event, some events, all events, or if you'd rather just practice.
Like many other Epyx games I'm used to from C64, this game gives you a chance to select your country. There are 17 countries you can shoes from, although there are 18 flags. The 18th flag is Epyx (clearly not a country). You can choose up to 8 players (but if you want less just leave the name empty and press enter).
Then there are events you can compete in. There's quite a few to choose from:
Weight Lifting: You have two ways of lifting the wights Clean and Jerk or Snatch. In one case you need to squat before you continue lifting in other you don't. Just remember that those are heavy weights and you mustn't simply pull them up (too heavy). You need to use both up and down arrows to successfully lift the weights. Oh, and once the three lights are turned on you need to drop the weights (otherwise something bad can happen).
Barrel Jumping: You need to jump over the barrels (duh). You increase the speed by moving left and right (you see the gauge indicating your speed) and you jump with right shift. Just remember that you need to land also (otherwise you'll break the ice).
Cliff Diving: Here in Sunny Acapulco in Mexico you are standing on the edge of a cliff and you need to dive into the sea. Sounds easy enough right? There are several levels from which you can jump. Once in air you can move up and down so steer. If you're too close to the rocks you might hit them, so don't starch too fast, but you must be fully stretched before hitting the water. Once in water you need to move left quickly, otherwise you'll hit the bottom. And I always thought I'd play a guy named Cliff, who'd be diving for sea shells :)
Slalom Skiing: This has got to be the worst event of them all. Basically you just need to make it to the finish. You would need to pass through gates, but you can miss them (unlike the real event, where you mustn't miss a single one). The more you zig-zag the slower you'll go (makes sense), but if you hit anything you'll fall (and be disqualified).
Log Rolling: This is a fun event. There are two guys standing on a log which is floating in a lake. They need to roll the log (by walking or running) and throw the other guy in the water (while trying to maintain their balance). There are gauges telling you how fast you're going and in which direction, to help you on your way. Now let's see if you'll get all wet!
Bull Riding: Now this is an event that I've never been good at. It helps if you slow down your computer to play this. You'd have to move in a certain direction to counter for the movement of the bull, but I always end up pressing keys at random and fall off.
Caber Toss: This is a fun event. You get a long log (a caber) that you need to hurl as far as possible. You move by pressing left and right, but you need to balance the caber also. If you start too fast the caber will fall on you. So start slow and when the caber will lean in front of you speed up. When you see the caber leans too much throw it!
Sumo Wrestling: Gained weight? That's amazing, especially considering how much exercise you've been getting lately. Anyway, the point of this event is simple. You need to either push your opponent out of the ring or make him fall (I find the second option easier). Enjoy!
The game has CGA graphics (only 4 colors), which is definitely a down side of it. Also the sound doesn't contribute much. Luckily the multiplayer option is there and the game is quite addictive. Also the choice of events to compete in is very unique to say the least. Except for Weight Lifting and Slalom (which are also Olympic events), you compete in more 'exotic' sports. Every event is neatly described with some history of the sport, so you can even learn a thing or two. If the game wouldn't have this dated graphics (CGA was out in 1987 already) and this hirrid sounds it would deserve a 5, but now ti only got a 4 from me.
In this game you will play diiferent kinds of sports which are played in different countries. You can play games such as: Weightlifting, Barrel jumping and Skiing.
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