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Here is yet another computer conversion of Olympic Games. This time it’s the winter Olympics in Lillehammer of 1994. Those games were special, because they were the first Olympic Games that were held only two years after the previous ones (they switched years, so that Winter and Summer games wouldn’t be in the same year anymore).
The game itself features great graphics and sounds, but the interface is something we’re all accustomed too. Quickly pressing the buttons, steering and shaking hands when precision is needed.
You get to select either full Olympics, mini Olympics or practice. Only full Olympics include Biathlon. Next you select the events. There are five major events and different sub-events.
Cross-country skiing – you only get biathlon (and only in full Olympics).
Skiing – you can select between downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.
Ski jumping – you can jump on either the 90m or 120m jump.
Sledging – you get to choose between four or two seat bob sledge and one or two seat luge.
Ice-skating – you can either eliminate opponents, be in a chase or go against time.
You move left or right to select a major event and then up or down to select the sub-event.
Next you need to type in your name and select nationality and input controls. Now you’re off. As with many similar games biathlon is my favorite (and I’d say it’s the best made event – both concerning game play and graphics).
Skiing is quite nice too, and jumping is decent, I do dislike both speed disciplines though (skating and sledging).
The game works nicely under WinXP, but in DOSBox you need to speed it up to 12000 cycles.