The Games - Summer Edition

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The Games - Summer Edition
Title image from the game
Game No. 384
Developer Chuck Sommerville, Carl Mey, Kevin Norman, Kevin "Fuzzy" Furry, Edward Chu, Scott Nelson
Company Epyx
Publisher Rushware (Germany), Epyx (USA), U.S. Gold (Europe)
Musician Chris Grigg, Chris Ebert, Bob Vieira
HVSC-File MUSICIANS/G/Grigg_Chris/Games_Summer_Edition_E_egg.sid
/Games_Summer_Edition_event.sid
/Games_Summer_Edition_menus.sid
Release 1988
Platform Amstrad CPC, Atari 800/2600/7800/XE/XL, C64
Genre Sports
Gamemode Single player
up to 8 players (in turns)
2 players (simultaneous)
Operation {{{Width}}}{{{Width}}}
Media Icon disk525.pngTape-icon.png
Language Language:english
Information Forerunner: Summer Games
and Summer Games II


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Description[edit]

Olympic Village - Training

The Games - Summer Edition is the follower of Summer Games II and the last game of the Epyx Games series. Epyx has newly created four events from the forerunners Summer Games I + II and integrated four new events. Together with the two Summer Games titles are The Games a nice collection of olympic events. In contrast to other sports games of this time there was no shaking discipline in this game. For the first time there is also a team mode.

The game is designed for up to 8 players. The players get points for the successful finishing of events. For each gold medal you get 5 points, for each silver medal 3 points and one point for each bronze medal. The player with the most points wins the game.

Epyx has secured a license from the Olympic Commitee of the United States for The Games - Summer Edition and The Games - Winter Edition.


Archery[edit]

Archery

In Archery you need to place an arrow as closely to the centre as possible. The athlete has altogether 90 seconds to fire 3 shots. This is aggravated by the fast change of the wind. You draw the bow and you focus on the target. You should of course not forget about the wind.

Controls

  • Fire button: start
  • Joystick left/right: draw/relax the bow
  • Fire button: confirm bow strain
  • Joystick movements: aim
  • Fire button: shoot

Evaluation

  • The white outer ring gets you one point. The points rise into the yellow area which gets you 9 points. If you hit the centre, you get 10 points. All 3 tries are added and make the total. The player with the highest score (maximum 30) wins.

Tips

  • always draw the bow to the maximum (Joystick left)
  • watch the windsock!


Pole Vault[edit]

Pole Vault

Pole Vault is one of the events that were taken over from Summer Games. The course of the event was reworked. The pole jumper needs a high speed, then pushes himself off with the pole to jump over the bar.

Controls

  • Fire button: start
  • Joystick forwards/backwards : choose height (16'05/08/11", 17'02/05/08/11", 18'02/05/08/11", 19'02/05/08/11", 20'02/05/08")
  • Fire button : confirm height
  • Joystick left/right: speed up the jumper during approach
  • Joystick up : plant into box
  • Joystick left : swing up
  • Joystick right : cross the bar

Evaluation

  • The jumper with the highest jumped height wins.

Tips

  • When the left/right foot touches the ground, push the joystick left/right.
  • Start slowly and then speed up strongly to reach the maximum speed for the plant.
  • It is important to swing up the jumper after the planting (Joystick left). This is not mentioned in the manual!!!


Uneven Parallel Bars[edit]

Bars

Uneven Parallel Bars is one of the most exciting events. Epyx has taken lots of trouble to make this an exciting discipline. The animations are great. With the joystick you steer the woman over both bars and at the end you jump down. This looks very simple, but can easily lead to a fall.

Controls

  • ...

Evaluation

  • The highest score wins

Tipps

  • At the upper left you see the score
Movement diagram


Velodrome Cycling[edit]

Cycling

This event from Summer Games II was reworked. The sprint on the rink is simulated, which means that only the last round is stopped. In the single player mode, the player has the red shirt and the red energy bar in the upper half of the screen. The computer has correspondingly the purple shirt.

Controls:

  • Fire starts the race
  • Joystick up repeatedly: speed up
  • Joystick right/left: steer

Evaluation

  • the fastest runner wins

Tip:

  • in the first rounds invest as little strength as possible
  • Shortly before the last round (ring signal) get the sprinter to full speed.
  • You save power in the slipstream of the opponent. (This is signalled by a hissing.)


Rings[edit]

Rings

Rings falls optically and concerning the gamplay in line with Uneven Parallel Bars. Very smooth animations.

Controls start

  • Joystick left and right (fast) : start the exercise (front lever position)
  • forwards and backwards (fast) : start the exercise (straight arm hang position)

Controls figures

  • see solution

Evaluation

  • the highest vote wins

Tips

  • Quickly start the exercise or it will instantly be over.


Diving[edit]

Diving

This event was taken over from Summer Games. You need to do three high-quality jumps from the 1m board.

Controls - move wheel

  • Joystick left and press fire button Joystick right and press fire button : move wheel to the left/right

Controls - Forward dive start procedure

  • Joystick left : start
  • Joystick backwards : jump from the board (the longer, the higher)

Controls - reverse dive start procedure

  • Joystick right : Start
  • Joystick backwards : take up starting position

Controls - figures forwards/backwards

  • Joystick forwards : swan dive / back layout
  • Joystick left (short) : normal forward dive / outside dive
  • Joystick left (long) : forward somersault / back somersault
  • Joystick left and press fire button : front pike / oustside back pike
  • Joystick forwards and press fire button : forward twist / back twist
  • Joystick right (short) : normal reverse / inside dive
  • Joystick right (long) : reverse somersault / inward somersault
  • Joystick right and press fire button : reverse pike / inward back pike

Controls - diving in

  • Joystick backwards : take up the diving position

Evaluation
Five judges evaluate the jumps and give 0,0 to 10,0 points. The added value (max. 50 points) is the highest score for a jump. As you do three jumps and the total is doubled at the end, the highest reachable score is 300 points. The judges evaluate:

  1. the quality of the jump
  2. the number of combinations
  3. the height of the jump
  4. the diving-in phase

Each of the single scoring judges pay their attention to one of the categories, jump from the board, height before the combination is started, execution of the combination, smooth dive. This way you can easily reconstruct in which area you have steered imprecisely and can improve this. Judge no. 5 gives the average score of the first four.

Tips

  • jump high from the board
  • a smooth dive-in phase (vertical) is half the battle
  • combination (back twist & back somersault) is possible


Hurdles[edit]

Hurdles

In Hurdles you need to cover a distance of 200 meters and jump over hurdles. It is important to jump at the right moment. If you run into a hurdle, the runner will tumble and the race is prematurely over.

Controls:

  • Keep fire button pressed until the signal.
  • Joystick left/right: pick up speed during running
  • Fire button: jump

Evaluation

  • the fastes runner wins.

Tips:

  • Do not sleep through the start!
  • For the jump, precise timing is necessary.
  • If you jump to early, keep the fire button pressed for a longer time.


Hammer Throw[edit]

Hammer Throw

In Hammer Throw the athlete needs to throw the hammer as far as possible without crossing the line.

Controls

  • Fire button: start
  • Joystick circle movements: swing hammer
  • Fire button: changeover
  • Joystick circle movements: turning
  • Fire button: throw

Controls

  • the farthest throw wins

Tips

  • the faster the turning movement, the further will the hammer fly
  • the time window for making a valid throw is very small.


Design[edit]

Intro

Epyx has made a great effort concerning the graphics to offer a pleasing game. The disciplines that were alreay available in Summer Games or Summer Games II, were completely created anew. The animations of the characters are realised appealingly and very detailled. This game shows the graphical top form of Epyx. At the beginning you are introduced into the game with a nice image show, that also serves as Opening Ceremony. After that you see, as a special delicacy, a rendered sequence. At that time this surely looked very great and especially effective, but from today's point of view of course this is not spectacular any more.

Hints[edit]

Where is the Easter Egg?
  • If you press Restore  during an event, you get back to the main menu.

Easter Egg[edit]

The Epyx programs have immortalized themselves in this game. You need to do the following steps to get the menu item:

  1. Choose eight players with the same name and same nation.
  2. Choose "return to village" in the main menu.
  3. Then do not choose an event, but klick on the torch.
  4. Now the option "Easter Egg" is available in the main menu. (see Links/Videos)

Versions[edit]

Version: Stadium 64 (original)[edit]

This version (see Links - Stadium 64) is the first choice when playing with the emulator.
Setting for VICE: (True Drive Emulation = on; Virtual device traps = off; Video standard = NTSC-M)

pro stable
pro saving the highscore list works
pro empty highscore list
contra copy protection

Version: OUG[edit]

This PAL version is the first choice when playing at the C64

pro no copy protection
neutral highscore list entries already exist
neutral saving the highscore lists works, but the program crashes at the end.
neutral almost stable (crash at menu item "Easter Egg")

Solution[edit]

Rings - moving sequences

Diagramme of movements
  1. hang
  2. front lever
  3. straight arm hang
  4. iron cross
  5. pike
  6. left hold
  7. shoulder stand
  8. hand stand
  9. planche
  10. inverted hang
  11. rear hang

Rings - Difficulty grades
The maximum score of 3.4 for the difficulty is possible if you have at least 2*A, 3*B and 3*C in the exercise.

  • A (easy) - handstand to planche
  • A (easy) - planche to straight arm hang
  • B (middle) - hang to front lever
  • B (middle) - straight arm hang to iron cross
  • C (hard) - lever to rear hang
  • C (hard) - hang to iron cross


Cheats[edit]

Cheats or pokes are currently not known.

Critics[edit]

FXXS: "I have to admit that this is graphically more elaborate that the old Sumer Games and also the controls are partially more thought-through, but this has its price: 3 disk sides that need to be changed and the end sequence cannot be switched off. Concerning the sound, not much has happenend and the Korean atmosphere does absolutely not suit my taste... 7 points from a single player's view."

Werner: "Here my impressions about the single events:

  • Archery: very well realised
  • Pole Vault: I also like that very much
  • Uneven parallel bars: almost too complicated, but also playable with random joystick movements.
  • Velodrome Cycling: is really great fun in twos.
  • Rings: great sprite animations, but here it is similar as with the Unevel Parallel Bars
  • Diving: many variations are possible. The score from the judges is not really fully developed.
  • Hurdles: firm realisation
  • Hammer Throw: greatly animated. The constant failure attempts, however, get a bit on my nerves.

Altogether I like the game a but better than The Games - Winter Edition. 8,5 points!

Miscellaneous[edit]

Cover

"Cover"

Highscore[edit]

  1. Equinoxe - 5/3/0
  2. Werner - 4/4/0
  3. Dehryen - 0/0/2
  4. Sledgie - 0/0/0
Discipline Gold Silver Bronze further places
Archery 27 - Werner / 27 - Equinoxe
TGSE Werner Bogen.pngTGSE Werner Bogen.png
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Hiscore.gif

4) further places

Pole Vault 19'02" - Werner
TGSE Werner Stab.png
17'02 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesPoleHigh.png
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Hiscore.gif

4) further places

Uneven Parallel Bars 8.3 - Werner
TGSE Werner Stufenbarren.png
7.7 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesBarsHigh.png
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Hiscore.gif

4) further places

Velodrome Cycling 8.54 - Werner
TGSE Werner Rad.png
9.02 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesCyclingHigh.png
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Hiscore.gif

4) further places

Rings 6.8 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesRingsHigh.png
6.4 - Werner
TGSE Werner Ringe.png
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Hiscore.gif

4) further places

Diving 296 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesDivingHigh.png
294 - Werner
TGSE Werner Turmspringen.png
284 - Dehryen
Diving-dehryen-hi.png

4) further places

Hurdles 19.95 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesHurdlesHigh.png
21.77 - Werner
TGSE Werner Huerden.png
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Hiscore.gif

4) further places

Hammer Throw 81.86 - Equinoxe
EquinoxeTheGamesHammerHigh.png
81.72 - Werner
TGSE Werner Hammer.png
80.37 - Dehryen
Hammerthrow-dehryen.hi.png

4) 64.33 - Sledgie
Hammerthrow-sledgie.png

Links[edit]


Videos