All this talk about the retro Commodore 64 mini we’ve been planning got me thinking about the many hours I wasted on that beautiful machine.
When I say wasted, of course I don’t actually mean it… just a figure of speech, obviously.
I had a think about all the games mentioned when we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions, and a thought hit me like a bolt of lightning.
The Commodore 64 was a champion for obscure sports.
I’ve come up with 5 games you would have never thought would be made, based on the nature of the sport.
1) World Games
This one gets top billing because it is literally a collection of obscure sports.
The game was an Olympic Games type situation, where you competed in the following sports.
- Slalom skiing
- Log rolling
- Cliff diving
- Caber toss
- Bull riding
- Barrel jumping
- Sumo Wrestling
I mean… Caber Tossing…
Such a great game and such fond memories with this one.
2) America’s Cup
Yep – there was a game for sailing and the America’s Cup.
What’s even more astonishing, that the game was so realistic that a race could take up to 20 minutes.
Not even joking.
It was pretty addictive though… considering this was around the time that Australia was hosting the cup, after famously winning it in 1983.
3) California Games
What a ripper… what an absolute ripper!
I have no words for this game… I got it for my 14th birthday and I think I played it to death!
Made by the same guys that made World Games, EPYX.
Of course, mentioning California Games means I have to also mention 720 and Skate Or Die. The street run in that game was so bloody addictive.
4) Leaderboard / World Class Leaderboard
Golf isn’t really much of an obscure sport, but at the time, this was a ground breaker. The first golf game that looked like you were actually playing on a golf course.
It looks dated now, but back in the day, trust me, this was the shit!
Fun fact… I’m pretty sure at the hole above, there was a hack to get a hole in one every time. From memory, you tapped the joystick one click to the left, then swung and boom! It would hit the very tip of the flag and drop in.
5) International Karate +
Just like the game of golf, karate isn’t something you would normally associate with a computer game, unless you’re talking Mortal Kombat or something like that.
This game was groundbreaking. God it was fun! And you got to visit the world, even Sydney! Go Oz!
Written by: @dantheinternut