Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
This sequel to the smash hit number one, California Games, has four new events for up to four international players to tackle.
First of all the players choose which country to represent, and then they elect to either compete or practice in all or some of the events.
The events are: barrel jump (skate along then jump over a selected number of barrels without falling over), log roll (try to stay upright on your river-floating log and topple the opponent), bull riding (ride a bonkers bull for as long as possible) and caber toss (chuck a telegraph pole as far as possible). At the end of the competition, points for each event are totalled and an overall placings table is displayed.
California Games is one of my favourite games, so when this sequel came into the office I rushed over to the Sega, slapped in the cartridge... and was very disappointed indeed! The graphics and sound are great, with plenty of colourful backgrounds and excellent sprites, but when it actually comes down to playing the events themselves, there 's really not much to them. Caber toss, log rolling and barrel jumping are all very simple indeed, and require hardly any skill to master. The only event that comes anywhere near the quality of the ones in California Games is bull riding, which is great fun - and tough too! But that doesn't save this package from being one of the biggest Sega disappointments ever. There's simply not enough entertainment to justify the price tag.