Title California Games Publisher Epyx (US Gold MegaSports compilation) Game Type Sport Players 1-8 Compatibility Not AGA HD Installable No Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review After successful Summer, Winter and World Games series Epyx decided to produce a 'different' sports sim. Using the tried and tested 'Games' formula they put together six sport events more akin to Venice Beach than Olympic stadium. California Games was born. The exotic events in this game include half pipe skateboarding, foot bag, roller skating, BMX bike racing, flying disk (frisbee) and surfing. I am not going to explain what kind of events these are, let's just say most of them revolve around making various cool stunts and tricks instead of pure head2head challenges. As such they are hard to master and provide considerable challenge to even a seasoned player. The usual Epyx features are present in California Games; single and multiplayer modes, the complex control methods for various events which rely more on exact timing than brute joystick waggling, and humorous animations appearing from time to time to surprise the player. The graphics in CG are propably the best Epyx ever made in 'Games' series and the music is not that dreadful stuff either. The gameplay excels in multiplayer mode but even single player can have lots of fun while trying to master the events. Open-minded players will find California Games a fresh change from the normal sports sims. The more narrow-minded will probably sneer at the light-hearted, laid-back Californian atmosphere the games oozes and will continue playing the more traditional 'Games' series. Still, California Games is an excellent addition to classic Epyx sports games and is a good conversion from the Commodore 64 original.