Games, The: Winter Ed.
• Publisher: Epyx
Rubin, Carl Mey, Chuck Sommerville, Edward Chu, Edwin Reich,
Eric Knopp, Kevin 'Fuzzy' Furry, Kevin Norman, Scott Nelson
Martin, Matthew Sarconi, Muffy McCosh, Paul Vernon, Sheryl
Knowles, Steve Snyder, Suzie Greene
Chris Grigg, Chris Ebert
ZZAP64 Game Rating:
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GAMES, THE: WINTER EDITION
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
Back in 1988, most programming teams consisted of a
Coder, a Graphic Artist, and a Musician - sometimes it
was only one person who would do the lot! So it was a
little out of the ordinary to have such a large team
working on one game, but Epyx was no ordinary games
publisher and would spend time and money on developing a
quality product. It was just a shame that sometime that
'quality' product didn't hit the mark and would receive
average scores such as 76%, which is what The Games:
Winter Edition received from ZZAP64 magazine. I actually
like the game and feel that it's worth a little more -
especially with such a nice ending ceremony...
The final scores on
...and the winner
Time for the
...and the closing
The Olympic Flame is
Let the closing
"Who turned out the
Is this the stadium?
"Roll the credits!"
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I think that Stadium64 played through the game as
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
- Stadium64: It's
a nice closing ceremony. There's no big surprises though
and I'll guess this is what you should expect from an
Olympic game like this. But on the other hand, not all
of the Epyx games in the "Games"-series has an Closing
Ceremony. The credits screens are there and I also liked
that they are promoting the next game in Games-series! I
will give it a bronze medal = 8.
- Vinny: I've
always wondered whether it's right or not to class sport
ceremonies as game endings, but I suppose they are
endings and do bring the game to a successful close.
I do remember seeing this back in the day, and thinking
how cool it was with the medals ceremony and then the
fireworks. I still think it holds up today and is
definitely worth 8/10.
- Brendan Phoenix:
The ending is a difficult one to judge - firstly I
presume you get this ending wherever you come in the
final standings? May be wrong - so don't quote me. I'm
just presuming as it's the closing ceremony you will get
to see it whatever the outcome of your game - that
doesn't make it a Gold Medal for me.
The closing ceremony is very nice, especially the lights
coming down and the neat firework display - all very
professional as you would expect from an Epyx title,
nice end credits as well which is always a bonus - makes
it seem more of a finale.
If there was some more animation, just that little
something else I would personally score it higher. As it
stands it's a solid 8 from me.
- Andy Vaisey: A
cracking ending! To be honest, I never liked the actual
game and preferred the 'originals', but the ending is
nicely done. Music is a bit grating, but satisfactory
- Andrew Fisher:
A solid 7/10 from me, since it re-uses some of the
graphics from the opening ceremony.
For me, this is the point where Epyx went downhill (oooooh,
a winter sports based pun!). Repeating events that had
been in previous titles and less finesse in the control
- Inge Pedersen:
Affair, Summer Games II was the first in the series to
have a closing ceremony.
- Matt Rogers: A
slight variation on the Summer Games II ending - it even
uses the same sprites I think for the fireworks! It
doesn't have the waving jetpac man, though, which is why
I prefer the original. The tune is naughty...6 for me.
FINAL SAY: It's a very nice ending :)
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