Title Summer Olympix (CD32) Game Type Sport Players 1-4 Compatibility CD32 Submission Courtesy of Sean Caszatt Review Billed as a humorous sports simulation, SUMMER OLYMPIX allows gamers to compete in eight events: Boxing, Long Jump, Swimming, Javelin, Kayaking, Skeet Shooting, Archery, and the 100 Meter Sprint. Each player (up to four can play) begins the game by entering their name and picking a country to represent. The events can be played in a constant order (the same every game) or can be shuffled so as to keep the players on their toes. The archery event is one of the best parts of the game. The player must press the red button on the CD≥≤'s controller, to stop the archer's arm, when the bow is drawn to the desired power setting. The shot must then be aimed to compensate for wind direction. By "one of the best parts," I'm saying it's one of the events that's actually fun to play. Some are not. One of those is the swimming event. The 200 meter dash requires the player to tap the top left and right buttons as fast as possible while trying to keep the onscreen swimmer oxygenated by pressing the red button when required. Sound confusing? It's not that hard to do, it's just very hard to do it well enough to qualify. The game has very high difficulty levels and no way to set them lower for new players to get the hang of each event. The javelin event is another that requires the tapping of the top left and right buttons. While doing that, you must also hold the red button until the onscreen graph shows the desired angle of your throw. Releasing the button is supposed to make you throw the javelin. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. It's actually possible to qualify in this event, just not consistently. The long jump is quite similar to the javelin event. This time you pick the angle of your jump. It's even less consistent and much more frustrating. The kayaking event requires you to manuever your kayak through 10 marker buoys while trying to beat the clock. You view this from an overhead perspective. There's not a whole lot to do in this event except to steer the kayak in the right direction. Pressing up on the directional pad makes you speed up, pressing down makes you go slower. This one takes some practice and isn't aggrivating. The 100 meter sprint is another left/right button smacking contest. Just hit the buttons as fast as possible and you've got the hang of it. It's possible to qualify at this event too. Boxing is the absolute worst event in the whole bunch. The instructions tell you to watch for your opponent's reach or your chances of victory could be slim. This, roughly translated, means the computer can beat the hell out of you, but you can't hit him. You'll get knocked out in less than thirty seconds. Skeet shooting is the second most frustrating event. The clay targets fly toward the horizon while the player must aim the cursor to blast them. Since only one shot is allocated for each target and the control is hampered by really shoddy programming, this event is likely to be hazardous to any gamers with high blood pressure. If some effort had been put into this game, it could have been a lot of fun. Some of the best times I ever had while playing videogames was playing the Epyx SUMMER GAMES series on the old Commodore 64. This game has some (but not much) of the chemistry from that series of games. The archery event is a joy to play. It's fun and funny. (Miss the target once, if you get a chance to play it.) Unfortunately, much of the game is too hard to control. That's partly the fault of bad programming and partly because of the CD≥≤'s controller not being built to be held in a position to be slammed on. An example of the bad programming is the slowdown that occurs when a second clay target appears during the skeet shooting. It's only one additional object on the screen! It can't possibly slow the cursor movement down like that for any other reason but poor programming. Also, at several times during different events, the screen would slowly start to break up. It never caused the game to fail, but it was annoying and shouldn't happen in the first place. SUMMER OLYMPIX is a game that had the potential to be a great game, but fell on it's face.