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Olympiad '86
By Atlantis
Spectrum 48K

 
Published in Computer & Video Games #61

Olympiad '86

Olympiad '86 is a brave attempt at a budget Decathlon-style game which doesn't quite come off.

It nicely presented with a good scorechart and instructions for each of the five events on screen before the event begins - but the controls for the events leave a lot to be desired.

For example, on the sprint and weight-lifting events you have to wait until the whizzing "hand" on a clock-like powermeter lines up with an arrow at the top of the clock before hitting the 'action' keys.

Quite why the programmers didn't simply use the tried and trusted two keys being hammered at once method to get things going I don't know. This spoils what otherwise could have been a good budget offering. As it stands, Olympiad '86 lacks a lot in the playability stakes and misses out on a medal in any event.