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Noooo....not the biscuit game! Not Scout camp either, but Summer Games from Epyx! Epyx released a number of these types of games on the 8-bit computers and this is where I first played Summer Games. Later I was to purchase it again for the Amiga as part of a compilation pack with a number of their 'Games' series on it and was surprised to see that it was little different, but still as playable as ever. For those who do not know or who need their memory jogging, these were the kind of games which had you making frequent trips to the computer shop for new joysticks. It is based around the Summer Olympics and has 8 events from this most of which involve frantic waggling of the stick and thumping of the buttons in order to run the fastest, swim the hardest, jump the furthest etc. These were all also enormously addictive, so you went through a LOT of joysticks that way...good thing they were alot cheaper then really... Summer Games is, as I said, based around the Summer Olympics and allows upto 8 players to compete in the 8 different events which it offers to you here. There is skeet shooting, 100m sprint, 4x400 relay, polevaulting, gymnastics, diving, swimming(freestyle I think) and one other which escape my memory...javelin, or shot put I think. Each event is different and involves a different kind of waggling and button thumping in order to succeed. Running in basically a case of waggling the fastest but also with a rhythm or you'll slow down, skeet shoot, aiming and firing, diving a number of directional twists and button presses...all different and taking different skills to master. Graphics here are not exactly earth shattering and neither is the sound, with the games being almost(entirely?) direct ports from the 8-bit computers from whence they originally came but it is the gameplay which will keep you coming back for more. No, if you are a loner, then you'll never find much interest in this game, but gather some mates t
ogether and you have some great fun here and it become quite a hot competition. Of course, where you find 7 mates who would want to play Amiga games these days is beyond me...but you never know. I suppose I shouldn't really be recommending this because in single player mode it is really quite dull. Played aginst other sit great but how many of you know people that want to play Amiga games when there is a Playstation sitting in the corner begging to be plugged in? Not many I'm sure, so it'll probably just be you on your own waggling your stick away and breaking it within a couple of hours like we all did - another reason to not recommend it, and I don't suppose its easy to come by this equipment anymore either. Oh well, it used to be a great game, but now, perhpas one to avoid sadly.