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It's war-time at the intergalactic Alien Olympics and it's nevr been as dirty as this! The crowd's hollerin' for blood and you're running for your life. You've got sixty seconds to win against a seriously crazed mutant... Champion Ooie Gooie needs that Gold Medal. And you're gonna help him get it, or you're his next snack...

Alien Olympics offers a new Galactic twist to the ancient sport of the Olympians.
  • 15 weird and wacky events including Alien Hunt, Lunge, Leap and Splat and the Big Bounce
  • 8 totally awesome aliens
  • Multiplayer feature - From 1 up to 8 players can join in the fun!
  • Full screen and split screen parallax scrolling
~from the back of the box

The belated Tokyo Olympics is now fully underway, so I thought I'd do what I do every time a sporting event takes over - play computer games. This time I decided to get into the spirit of it all by playing an old DOS game game called Alien Olympics. Released in 1994, it was a game I had always known about, but never actually played.

Visually speaking, it looks quite nice for its time (we're not touching the better-known GameBoy port). There's a Saturday morning cartoon vibe going on, with bright characters and a slapstick sense of humour. The extra-terrestial take on real sporting events are quite chucklesome too, but that's really all it has going for it. 
Like SEGA's DecAthlete or Konami's International Track n' Field, you control your olympiad by speed-tapping keys risking carpel tunnel syndrome in the process. You'd be in less pain training for the real thing than striking the keyboard at the speed it wants you to. Unlike those better-known games, Alien Olympics forces you to do it for an uncomfortable amount of time - several minutes or more. It dousn't sound like much, but at 10 taps-per-second to even get a sniff at first place, it's torture. And if you want to save your peripherals, stay away form the 200 Qbit Splurge!

Most of the events have a one-to-one equivalent in the real world. 50 Qbit Dash is a sprint, Laser Leaping is hurdles, The Big Bounce is the long jump and so on. Almost all of these tend to require tapping of some sort. Those that don't include Toxophilly (aka archery) which has you holding a key instead. 

The most interesting events are not based on anything seen in a colosseum. Instead they're based on video games. Survival is a bit like Pac-Man where you have to run away from a rampaging Pharaoh Hound. Jetpack Tag is a bit like Asteroids, but you have to avoid competitors as you hunt for pick-ups.

All in all, Alien Olympics is only good for a brief dalliance. Anything more and you risk injury. In that respect, it's much like the real thing.

To download the game, follow the link below. This exclusive installer uses the DOSBox Daum build of DOSBox 0.74 to bring the game to modern systems. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.

File Size: 21.3 Mb.  Install Size: 39.0 Mb.  Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ


Alien Olympics is © Dark Technologies LTD & Mindscape Inc
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me

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1 comment:

  1. Multisport games: the most underrated subgenre of the whole video game history. Why are there so few of them in "abandonware" pages and similar?