This game is a classic. I remember playing this a lot when I was younger; usually I invited some friends over and we had a tournament going, because this game (like Summer Games and Winter Games) offered you a chance to compete in tournaments with your friends. Seven players is the maximum limit, though. You may choose a single event or play them all, which can make the tournament both fun and time-consuming.
I should also point out that the graphics are much better than those shown in the screenshots. The resolution turned out like that because I had to watch the size. To quote the game-box, they are “Graphics that make you feel like you’re there”. As for the sound, it is what you would expect from a game that was made so many years ago.
California Games II offers five different disciplines for you to master: bodyboarding, snowboarding, jet surfing, hang gliding and skateboarding. Each of them is challenging, but the hardest of them all is skateboarding. You don’t believe me? Try it…
As for the different disciplines, here is a brief description:
Bodyboarding: You must try to barrel-roll off the lip of a wave. This is not as easy as it may sound; a lot of training is needed to pull it off.
Snowboarding: Pilot a chopper to the top of the mountain and parachute down onto the snow-slopes. This is a three-part mission. First, you must find your way down the top part of the course, then you show off your skills in the snow bowl, and finally you must complete the lower obstacle course.
Jet Surfing: Choose one of four surf jets and drive around the buoys or catch a jump off one of the many ramps.
Hang Gliding: Basically you throw yourself off a cliff and try to hit three targets in the water with five waterballoons - and of course you must also land the glider afterwards.
Skateboarding: Go wild with your skateboard in the meanest aqueduct in the world. If you are able to survive this track the first time you play it, then I salute you. This discipline requires a lot of training!
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