Olympic Skier by Mr. Chip Software is a simple skiing game programmed by the great Shaun Southern, who was responsible for a few decent games on the C64. It’s not too bad considering its age – although it only has three short levels to complete.
The aim of the game is to get the highest score possible on each level, which when added together at the end of the game, gives you a final ranking. The levels consist of a slalom – where you have to navigate a downhill run while passing through gates, a ski jump and finally another downhill course – where you have to avoid obstacles and reach the finish line within a tight time limit. It’s easy to play but tricky to complete.
Graphically it is very basic with simple music and very little animation.
It’s not one I played back in the eighties, but I’m sure others have fond memories of it. All I can remember about it back in the day was the cover.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played it a few times and got average scores. I decided to poke my way to perfection to see what happened.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: If you manage to beat all levels with maximum points, the final screen shows an assessment of performance. The breakdown of your points is shown per event. You are given a rating at the bottom which on this occasion (after a flawless run) was ‘PERFECT’. Tree graphics are shown around the blue text, framing it neatly.
Neil: The ending is just a single page of text. Nice to see a perfect score, but unfortunately there’s little reward for a flawless run. 2/10.
Vinny: Now here’s s real blast from the past! I remember playing this game to death back in 1984 and I was adamant that there wasn’t going to be a game ending – unfortunately I wasn’t good enough at the game to find out. There isn’t much variety to the game and so I guessed it just went round and round. Thanks to Neil, it appears that there is an ending… well, kind of. There’s nothing special about this one and it leaves me totally disappointed. 1/10.
Andy Vaisey: A shock that there is an ‘ending’. No shock that it’s pants!
Brendan Phoenix: Downhill all the way!
Andrew Fisher: Having played it a few times, I never got close to finishing – but it was always likely to have been that simple. It is a fun little game though.
Gaz Spence: The kind of simple but fun game that Mr Chip excelled at. Couldn’t really expect much more to the ending in the context of the game.
FINAL SAY: No medals or trophies on offer here. That’s only fair though being as I’m a big cheat.