Title Summer Games Publisher Epyx (US Gold MegaSports compilation bu US Gold) Game Type Sport Players 1-8 Compatibility Not AGA HD Installable No Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review In the early 8-bit computer days Epyx Software was the king of sport sims. Where other companies took a more arcade approach to the genre, Epyx produced sport games which needed more joystick dexterity than brutal waggling power. The most famous Epyx games where the 'Games' series which also made it to the Amiga. These had a multidude of Olympic sports events, excellent practice sessions, one player and multi-player options and jazzy victory animations. Each event was cleverly designed, requiring exact timing and joystick movement for succesful execution. The humorous touches and animations are liberally sprinkled around the game, spicing up the otherwise dry and serious gameplay. Summer Games had eight events: pole vaulting, diving, 100 metre dash and the 4x400 metre relay, freestyle relay, gymnastics and skeet shooting. Each event provides a different challenge which means it is hard to master them all. The graphics and sound of the Amiga version follows closely the 8-bit originals which means the games looks and sounds somewhat simple when compared to today's standards. Still, the 16-colour graphics are clearly drawn and the events are animated in a decent way. What's more important is the gameplay - even today's 3D boosted athletic sport sim wonders have not quite managed to surpass it. There's something eternally gratifying in playing these Epyx classics. Invite a couple of friends to your home, reserve all sorts of food and drink near the computer, and immerse yourselves into an entertaining multiplayer "Olympic Games afternoon". They just don't do sports games like these any more (which really is a BIG shame).