“How fast can you run? As fast as a leopard.”
“How fast are ya’ gonna’ run? AS FAST AS A LEOPARD!”
The early 80’s saw many classic arcade video games, some were shooters, some were maze chasers, however one game stood alone on the podium for it’s multi-player competitive edge over the myriad offerings in the arcades.
In 1984 Konami released ‘ Hyper Sports’, a one to four player Olympic events game whereby each player would compete for glory across many disciplines including swimming, archery, gymnastic vaulting and skeet shooting, with more events opening up once a qualifying target time or score had been reached.
The eye pleasing graphics and voice overs from the judges added to the atmosphere of the manic button bashing which ensued. It’s at this point we would like to iterate that this is not as easy as it sounds. With sheer speed playing a part in such events as swimming, timing also plays an important factor as a swimmer must breath between strokes, miss the opportunity for a gulp of air and your race can be left in ruins as drinking the water from the pool is not an option and if you wish to qualify for the next event, make sure you’re fit enough to make it through.
“If you don’t run, you can’t win.” – Chariots of Fire.
Review by Rob Joy.