Olympic Winter Games - Lillehammer 94
While the world looks to Lillehammer, Norway, for Olympic thrills this February, gamers can look to their Genesis for some multi-player action with Winter Olympic Games. A mountain of options, attractive outdoor graphics, and exciting events should've put this one in the medal hunt. Unfortunately, the execution is so weak, this game skates into oblivion.
Slow, Speed Skater, Slow!
Realism separates this game from similar titles. As the official video game of the Winter Olympics, Winter Olympic Games is set right on the slopes of Lillehammer and is filled with all kinds of authentic details, including the arrival of the Olympic torch. To emphasize the competition's international flavor, you can choose foreign languages for your screens. Add in the historical information in the manual, and you'll realize how hard this game works to get you into the Olympic spirit.
However, ten winter sports are represented here with little success, mostly because of control problems. Throughout, you're usually using only one button and the directional pad, and sometimes just the pad, so there's not much to do. What control you have is often frustrating. The intense skiing action you want isn't found in this game's slow and repetitive slalom events. The Luge and Bobsleigh are somewhat better, only because the behind-the-rider view puts you closer to the action. However, you're still not controlling much. The shooting competition of the Biathlon livens things up, but again the skiing part is monotonous. Compounding the frustration is tedious scrolling through the competitors' times between each race. U.S. Gold proves that good intentions don't equal good game play.
- Stay toward the inside as you weave through the gates in Downhill Skiing.
- Hugging the banked curves in the Luge will really slow you down. Ride midway up the slope for the highest speed.
- Watch your ski jumper's hands. He'll point in the direction he's leaning, which is your signal to balance him with the directional pad.
- Practice, practice, practice in the Training Mode before you attempt difficult moves in the Freestyle-Moguls event.
Ski You Later
The graphics and sounds are merely average for a sports game. The overhead view distances you from the skiers and skaters, so you don't feel very involved. Potentially good graphic sequences like the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, where Accolade really got into the spirit in its Olympic track and field game, Summer Challenge, are abrupt and unimaginative in Winter Olympics. The music changes for each event and spurs your adrenaline, but more sound effects would've added some pizazz.
Though Olympic-obsessed fans might find some enjoyment here, the casual sportster will ultimately be glad that the Winter Olympics only come around once every four years.
Download Olympic Winter Games - Lillehammer 94
- # of players: 1 or 2
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: December 1993
- Theme: Sports
- Number of Levels: 10
Winter Olympic Games comes after its very successful predecessor, Olympic Gold: Barcelona 1992. This game starts with a cool torch lighting ceremony. When the gold medals are won, it plays the winners' National Anthem.
In this game you can compete in 10 different events, in full blown Olympics, mini-Olympics or in a Training Mode. The events include downhill skiing, ice skating, luge, bobsledding and even the jump!
Winter Olympic Games lets you realize your dream of participating in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games as you compete in ten events: Biathlon, Speed Skating, Bobsleigh, Downhill, Ski Jump, Super G, Moguls, Luge, Giant Slalom, and Slalom.
Since this is an officially licensed product, all of the events feature actual courses used in the 17th Winter Olympics. Game modes include Full Olympics, Mini Olympics, and Training, where you can practice any event as many times as needed. Choose to represent one of 16 countries and prepare yourself for the fanfare of opening ceremony. Up to four players can compete against each other or try to beat the Olympic Game Records.
Winter Olympic Games also supports the following eight languages: English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Portugese, German and Norwegian.