Ocean Software Ltd
1984
Sport: Action
£6.90
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Ross Holman, Roger Willis, Dave Nicholls
Chris Bourne

Dave: Daley's Decathlon is, of course, one of the several attempts to transfer the arcade game Track and Field onto the Spectrum. In fact, it's just about the best attempt so far. The object of the game (in case there's anyone out there who doesn't know!!) is to compete in each of the ten decathlon events scoring points for speed, height jumped and so on.

In the running events movement is accomplished, as usual, by either hitting two keys alternately or wiggling a joystick back and forth; a further key is used to throw or jump in the other events. Graphically, Decathlon is very good, the only problem being the rather stiff running motions of your man. Ocean's logo scrolls past at the top and a crowd applauds when you do well. Although there are a few small bugs (for example, I have it from a reliable source that it's possible to clear over 400 metres in the long jump!) the game simulates all of the events very well; including an energy limit on the 1500m.

For anyone on the look-out for a Track and Field-type game, this is the best buy at the moment. 4/5 HIT

Ross: Certainly the best track and field game for the Spectrum, although it doesn't contain some of the nicer touches in other versions. 3.5/5 HIT

Roger: Put a few quid in a deserving shamateur's pocket. After all, our boy Daley must've flogged the right to use his name. Good luck to 'im, too, because Decathlon earns its keep in screen time and gave me a lot of much-needed exercise. 3/5 HIT

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