Daley Thompson’s Olympic Challenge by Ocean

daley_thompsons_olympic_challenge_01Publisher: Ocean
Developer: Ocean
Release Date: 1988
Code: R. Palmer, D. Collier
GFX: John Palmer
Music: Jonathan Dunn
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 79%
Our Game Rating: 81%
Completed by Stadium64
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

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> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Hands up who’s gone through a truck load of Quickshot Joysticks thanks to Daley Thompson’s decathlon? There must be a Joystick Graveyard out there FULL of joysticks thanks to Mr Thompson and his joystick waggling games. And so, it makes you wonder if Ocean actually had shares in Quickshot and that another joystick waggle Daley Thompson game was going to help rake it in for them – in more ways than one!
I’ve never actually had the pleasure of playing this game, but judging by the ZZAP64 score of 79%, maybe I was right to stay away. Saying that – the award ceremony / ending is actually very good…
Daley bows his head to receive his medal…
…and proudly straightens up to reveal his prize (oo-er, missus).
Facing left…
…the British flag is raised and the national anthem is played…
…whilst white doves ascend onto the blue skies.
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I think Stadium64 just played through as normal. Now there’s a first for C64endings!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:  We get to see Daley Thompson receiving his medal (via full animation) and then the British flag is raised and the national anthem is played. White doves are released into the skies in a similar vain to Summer Games.
The screen then changes to reveal the words: “WELL DONE! YOU HAVE WON A BRONZE MEDAL” and your Bronze Medal is displaying together with lots of animated fireworks.
Vinny: I must admit that I’m quite impressed with this ending! I wasn’t expecting as much animation, and so it’s kind of an added bonus for me. Nicely executed and slick delivery.
Neil Collins: I’d never settle for a bronze medal myself….
Andrew Fisher: That’s a great little animation as the guy reaches up to present the medal… I’m wondering if higher scores lead to a better (silver/gold) medal?
Andy Vaisey: I’m too guessing that silver/gold is possible. A satisfying enough ending, other than the flying turtles in the background…
Kungfufurby: Nice award ceremony! 😀 Actually beats the Winter Games in one area… the way the medal is presented.
FINAL SAY: Definitely worth a look 🙂

G.E. RATING: 7.5 / 10

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