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Video Game Vintage Title California Games

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California Games

California Games

California Games is a 1987 Epyx sports video game for many home computers and video game consoles. Branching from their popular Summer Games and Winter Games series, this game consisted of some sports purportedly popular in California including skateboarding, freestyle footbag, surfing, roller skating, flying disc and BMX.

The game sold very well, topping game selling charts for winter months. It also got very positive reaction from reviewers, many of whom consider California Games to be the last classic Epyx sports game, due to staff changes not long after its release.

The game was followed in 1991 by California Games 2, but the sequel failed to match the original's success.

ReceptionComputer Gaming World recommended California Games, calling it fun. Compute! called the game "both inventive and charming". The game was reviewed in 1988 in Dragon #129 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 4 out of 5 stars.


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