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Epyx - US Gold
Price: £19.99

S The games: Winter Edition omewhat resembling one of life’s rotund Honey monsters, the last time I did anything remotely connected with a winter sport was during a hard frost in ’73 when I plucked a plastic model of Franz Klammer from my cereal box.
But even if you do have an awkward sporting handicap – Rambo’s mind but Einstein’s body for instance – so long as you can waggle a joystick you can have a darned good time on a sports sim, or so the theory goes.

The game is certainly comprehensive; and although Winter Edition rates OK in the toughness stakes, its graphics are lacklustre, it does not sustain interest, and the whole thing falls into the trap of being a value for money package whose individual games never quite blossom into greatness.
It is a bit like being given a bumper Christmas cracker – attractive as a whole, but pull it apart and out tumble things which, when all is said and done, really are of cheapo status.

TG gives you a one or two player option, and you can play one, several, or all games or practice one. Start off by selecting a team (try Brazil or Japan to check out their national anthems), then it is off to the opening and the lighting of the ceremonial flame (no sign of a burnt dove, however). Choose between the Lurge, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Downhill Skiing, Slalom, or Cross Country Skiing - and many of these have a variety of courses.

The game contains many neat touches. In the Downhill Event you get to choose four camera positions, and once in close-up you get the chance to do a few fancy tricks for the folks back home. You get to choose the music and choreograph your routine – triple axes, the lot – in the Figure Skating section this one is tough). You get consoled by the crowd’s polite applause when you fall on your bum.
The Ski Jumping is a particularly well executed section, as you hurtle down the ramp to soar – or not, as the case may be – like Lord Edward the Eagle. Now there is a fine figure of a man, who’s finely options would, indeed, be of value here – “Oh yes, er Ski Jumping, er, yes… World Games, nice box, I keep my Mates in a box… and fishing bait too”.

The Games – Winter Edition is a compendium-style lucky dip for those who like to out waggle the opposition. It is not in the same league as its earlier 64 counterparts though.
Steve James

CU Amiga, May 1989, p.52