Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Epyx's much-acclaimed and well-laid-back sports simulation has been beautifully converted to the Sega. All six events of the original have been squeezed in intact, and one major advantage is not having to wait while each event loads.
For anyone not conversant with the American beach sports simulator, California Games includes half-pipe skateboarding, foot bag (or hackysack) juggling, surfing, roller skating, BMX bike racing and throwing the flying disk (Frisbee to you and me).
Gameplay revolves around strategic use of the joystick and fire button to perform set manoeuvres, and success is rewarded with points. Each event may be played or practised individually, or as part of a multhevent challenge. Unfortunately, the multi-player feature of the original has disappeared along the line.
Sega California Games is smarter than all the other computer versions with the possible exception of the Amiga. The gameplay is looking a bit dated, but since it's the first of its type on the Sega, it should receive an appreciative audience. And deservedly so.