California’s games have no place on the NES.
Foot Bag is virtual hacky sack. The button combos are confusing, but the fact that hacky sack made it into a game is fantastic. Flying Disk would be interesting if the game didn’t make Frisbee-throwing into a science. You set your speed and angle before letting the disk soar into the grass. Woo-hoo?
In Surfing, you ride the wave and stay there. Sharks come along sometimes, but once you hop on the wave, you need not worry about the ocean’s dangers. Bland, pointless, etc. In BMX, you pedal along a track, avoiding obstacles and trying to do tricks. Text at the bottom of the screen insults your abilities with quips like “Bummer!” and “Way to biff!”
Skating should be simple. Control your speed, jump over cracks and obstacles, and so on, but the roller skater doesn’t jump when you tell her to. This disobedience results in her body and face smack down hard onto the pavement. And good luck doing tricks on the Half Pipe. The controls are so unresponsive, that your skater might as well be a sack of cement on a skateboard.
If you’ve played Epyx’s Winter Games and/or World Games, you know terrible controls are inevitable in their minigame collections. Not even Rare’s skills can save California Games from being all washed-up.
PUBLISHER: Milton Bradley DEVELOPER: Epyx (port by Rare)
GENRE: Sports, sort of RELEASE DATE: 1988 – (EU), 06/1989 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Atari 2600, Amiga, Apple II, C64, Amstrad CPC, GEN, Lynx, MOB, MSX, PC, SMS, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum