This is really cool. First of seven events is the Hot Dog Aerials. To my disappointment
this doesn't include mustard and ketchup but is still a tasty treat. Six stunts are
available including flips, backscratchers and daffies. Awkward movements and falls reduce
After a quick change of dress (and sex), you're ready for the Figure Skating. Impress
the judges with a range of seven spins and jumps - time has the landings exactly or end
up with a cold bottom!
Returned to male form, you go for the Ski Jump. Continually adjust your flight position
or end up like Eddie Edwards - a sad prospect indeed!
Free Skating is just like Figure Skating except you have to perform each movement
three times within two minutes.
Speed Skating, on the other hand, is a completely different kettle of ice. It's a
haed-to-head, split-screen race against a human or computer opponent. Speed is achieved
not by rapid waggling but by attaining a good rhythm with the skater's legs.
A similar technique is used for the cross-country skiing in Biathlon. At regular intervals
you stop to fire you rifle at five targets - missing one incurs a five-second penalty.
Finally, there's no room for error in the Bobsleigh. Accurate steering around corners
is needed as you hurtle down the 3-D track.
As with Summer Games II, the events are well thought out with good control systems. The
graphical standard is even better with some gorgeous backdrops and convincing sprites, and
sound's great too with loads of tunes. Definitely the best wintry sim around.