Daley Thompson's Decathlon


This is the celebrated sports simulation and “joystick waggler” famously released to coincide with Daley's success at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. The game features the 10 different sporting events from the decathlon.

These are 100 metres, long jump, shot putt, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, pole vault, discus, javelin and 1500 metres. The running events require the joystick waggling, moving the joystick vigorously left-to-right to simulate moving each leg and propel Daley to victory, or not as the case maybe. They are the toughest parts of the game. Where as, the throwing events (e.g. discus) are probably the easiest to master, as they are more about precision and timing. The jumping events' difficulty is probably some where in-between, again, timing is more the key there. There is an updated version of the game which allows for two players to compete in the running events. Graphically the game is okay, the munckin-type sprite scrolls well, if lacking in definition. The music and sound effects do however, make good use of the SID chip, with the introduction music being “Rydeem” by Yellow Magic Orchestra and completion of the game heralds Vangelis' theme tune for “Chariots of Fire”. A decent addition to the list of sports games for the C64, that is, if you can find a joystick which can survive the punishment.

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