Title World Games Publisher Epyx/US Gold Game Type Sport Players 1-8 Compatibility A500-A2000 HD Installable No Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review After having carved their name into gaming history with Summer Games I and II, and Winter Games, Epyx decided to extend their expertise away from traditional sports events. They collected eight exotic events from various parts of the world, waved their magic sports game creation wand and hey presto - the latest addition into their 'Games' family was born. World Games has the following events - weight lifting, cliff diving, barrel jumping, bull riding, log rolling, slalom skiing, the caber toss and sumo wrestling. The games range from ordinary Olympic stuff like weight lifting to the rather strange caber toss where the aim of the game is to throw huge wooden telephone pole as far as possible. Each event is presented with an information screen and a short tune from the country which hosts that particular game. The game has all the standard Epyx sports games features - options to compete in a single event, a selected subset of events or the whole 'World Games' with one to eight human players participating in the action. Converted from the Commodore C64 version by Westwood (who later created games like Dune II) the Amiga version retains all the playability of the original but also inherits the somewhat cruddy gfx and sound effects. Each event is controlled with joystick. Unlike many arcade sports games World Games relies more on dexterity and timing that brute joystick waggling force. This means each event offers some extra challenge as the right moves and timing must be learnt if the player wants to succeed in each event. Luckily the game offers a practice mode which allows the player to hone their skills before entering the actual games. Apart from a new set of events, World Games offers very little that is new to seasoned Epyx sports games players. Epyx tried very hard not to break their successful formula and this 'stagnation in design' is sometimes glaringly visible in some of the events in the game. For novice players World Games offers an interesting peek into Epyx sports sims allthough I'd recommend the somewhat easier Summer Games series over this for their first Epyx game. World Games is a slightly flawed masterpiece which once again excels in the fabulous multi-player mode.