Review Information
Reviewer Name: Ian
Reviewer Email: ian@sega8bit.com
Game Difficulty: Medium
Difficulty Options: True
Game Information
Full Title: Olympic Gold
Year Released: 1992
Game Type: Sports
Max Players: 4
Introduction


Olympic Gold is an officially licensed game for the Barcelona í92 Olympic Games. It doesnít really have a storyline, itís just a collection of mini games, each one a different Olympic sporting event. None of the events would survive by itself, but altogether it can make for a fun multiplayer game.

My earliest memories of this game were good ones. I remember playing it at my cousinsí house and enjoying it. Ah, good times. Iíve liked the game ever since. This game also has a choice of 8 different languages. Not too shabby.
Gameplay
The game is made up 7 different sporting events. They include the 100m Sprint, Hammer Throw, Archery, 110m Hurdles, Pole Vault, Diving, and Swimming. They all vary and require you to do something different. Some of them require just button mashing and maybe odd use the directional pad, whereas some require a steady hand and accuracy with the directional pad. In the swimming event you are given the task of pacing and not depleting your energy bar before finishing. Itís harder than it sounds believe me. Most of the events are easy to learn but some require practice, so itís handy that thereís a ĎTraining Sessioní available. You can also choose between the ĎMini Olympicsí, where you select what events you want to compete in or if youíre a real man, the ĎFull Olympicsí, which include all of the events. You compete against either human or computer players and youíre objective is to finish as high as you can in each event and get the highest points tally. You can also aim to beat the World Records for each of the events (I can beat all of them but the Archery, that damn Kim Soo Nyung).
Graphics
The graphics are great. The menus are easy to navigate and look good. The game graphics are bright and colourful. The backgrounds are great and really give you the feeling of competing in a stadium. The animation is also very good and never at any point is there any slow-down. The only thing you could say is that perhaps some of the sprites could have been bigger, but overall the graphics donít let the game down and are probably some of the best on the SMS.
Sound & Music
There is plenty of music and sound FX in this game which make it all the more enjoyable. Thereís different music for each event and they all seem so fitting. Theyíre upbeat and somehow psyche you up for the race. Thereís a host of well done SFX too, like gun firing, diving boards, splashing into water, firing arrows. The only dodgy one would have to be the crowd cheering at the end of the race. Overall, very good.
Controls
This game basically gets it gameplay from the varied controls. Each event is different and should be learned how to be done in the training sessions first. The controls are very responsive, which is good for some of the harder events such as archery and diving. The button bashing events are my favourite though; destroying your controller has never been so much fun. The only thing that bugs me is that after all these years of playing the game, I still canít figure out how to properly do that damn pole vault.
Replay Value
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Replay Value
Because this game is simple to play and easily pick up-and-playable, I come back to it often. Itís also one of the first games I bring out when thereís a multiplayer session. Trying to break the records gives you some sort of target to aim for and gives the game a bit more longevity. Overall though, itís not something youíll be coming back to in single player. Multiplayer can be a great laugh though.
Conclusion
This game looks good, sounds good and is fun to play. The varied events are interesting and challenging. I think itís definitely a lot better than other similar games such as ĎSummer Gamesí. Itís pretty easy to pick up and play and is quite a common game to come by so if you havenít played it, I recommend you give it a go. Definitely more fun with 4 players.
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