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Melbourne House
Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Jenkins
Chris Bourne

Latest in a long line of joystick wagglers which started with games such as Daley Thompson's Decathlon and Hyper Sports, Sports Hero tries to recreate some of the more popular events in the Summer Olympics. The four events included in yer two quid's worth are, in order of appearance: 100 metre sprint. Simple to do, just waggle your joystick from side to side to complete the race as fast as possible. Long jump. Once again waggle your joystick to build up speed and when the pit comes into view, hold down the Fire key until you reach the angle of take-off you want. 110 metre hurdles. Once again, waggle that stick to complete the event as quick as you can, plus press Fire at the right moment to clear the hurdles. Pole vault. Pump that peripheral to increase velocity and press Fire to plant the pole and release the same to let go.

Graphically, no stops have been pulled. Everything is small and monochromatic, but even so, these are still some of the best I've seen in this genre. The graphics and behaviour of the on-screen character is amazingly realistic and the backdrops are superb. Ranging through three different skill levels, there is a ghetto street, a college (or maybe a university) and finally the Olympics. A all are highly playable.

Label: Firebird
Author: In-house
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

An excellent sports sim package with its aim set on realism.