Title Winter 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 After dabbling with Summer Olympics events with the Summer Games series, Epyx took another step in their world domination of sports sims with Winter Games. As the name eloquently hints, this time the player is competing in Winter Olympics events like Figure Skating, Free Skating, Speed Skating, Hot Dog Aerials (nowadays also known as Freestyle jump), Ski Jump, Biathalon and Bobsled. As usual in an Epyx simulation, practice, single and multiplayer options exist (some events use split-screen for true head-to-head competition). Each event is controlled with a series of well timed joystick button presses and stick movements. In true Epyx fashion there's no joystick waggling at all and each event uses a slightly different control method, which means that each event must be learned individually before all games can be mastered. The Amiga conversion is once again a flawless remake of the C64 original - then again, nothing less should have been expected. The 16-colour graphics are nice, sound effects and music more than adequate and the joystick control works like a dream. One glaring minus point the game has is its limited choice of events. Winter Olympics has a narrow selection of different games but for some reason Winter Games has even less. The two figure skating events are practically the same event (only with a different scoring system and time limit) while downhill events like slalom are for some reason completely missing. All in all though, Winter Games is another Epyx masterpiece, if a slightly flawed one - a wider selection of events would have made it even better. Due to the nature of its events it will probably not appeal to everyone - especially if they are not interested in winter sports. Still, Winter Games is one of the better sports sims and a 'must' to any Epyx fan.