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California Games

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Release Year:1991
Publisher:Epyx
Players:Up to 9 Alternating
Reviewer: Matt
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Overview: Introducing the gnarliest bunch of games under the sun. Games invented on the beaches by sun-baked beach bums with a fondness for ripping, grinding, and shredding. With six radically thrilling events intended to bring you to the edge and blow your mind. And make adrenalin California's most plentiful natural resource.
Wish they all could be California Games.

Get ready to shred the face off an awesomely tubular wave. Turn a "berm" on a BMX bike and spray up a wall of dirt. Launch a few feet off-the-lip with your skateboard tucked high. And while you're up there, dance on the crowd. Or if you're feeling like kicking back a bit, float a flying disk, juggle a foot bag with your heels, or just slalom the boardwalk on skates.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

But this ain't beach blanket bingo. In fact, before you even set foot on California turf, you'll choose an on-screen sponsor from among the heaviest names on the circuit. Then, hit the competition route. Prizes include trophies for a single event and a top prize in overall competition.
So get air. Go crazy. Welcome to a new state of intensity.


    Get "amped" to surf, skateboard on the half pipe, bike BMX-style, kick-back with a foot bag, roller-skate and fling the flying disc.

    Compete on California's beaches, parks, and its rough and tumbly desert turf.

    Win enough trophies to become a California Champion.



--from the back cover of California Games

California Games is just what is sounds like: Outdoor, fun in the sun sporting games. Choose from Half Pipe (skateboarding), Surfing, Foot Bag (hacky sack), Skating, or BMX biking. Compete in all events or just choose a few. This also makes a good party game if your friends like old video games because you can play with up to 9 people alternating.

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Directions: Each game is unique and has its own unique controls and maneuvers.
Half Pipe:

Gain speed and height by pushing down on the control pad while you are heading down, and up when you are going up. Once you get airborne you must do an aerial turn or some kind of trick or you will most likely biff it. To perform an aerial turn press the control pad left or right right at the peak of your jump. You can also do a hand-plant by pressing and holding the the A button for a second, right at the edge of the of the half pipe. There are other stunts and tricks to perform and discover. Practice yourself to discover more.
Foot bag:

Try to keep the bag in the air with your head, shoulders, legs, and feet by using the A, B, and C buttons. Press down on the control pad to turn around. You get various points for performing different tricks, and you get more points the longer you keep the bag up without dropping it.
Surfing:

Gain speed by moving your surfer back and forth steadily. Earn points by staying under the wave without wiping out, doing jumps and stunts outside of the wave, or by hitting balls with the tip of your surf board. The best way to learn what's best to do is to play it yourself.
Skating:

Gain speed by pushing the control pad up and down, and jump by pressing the B button. Avoid obstacles and see how far you can get.
BMX:

Tap C continuously to gain speed and press the B button to jump. Perform stunts by pressing up or down on the control pad + B when you are at the peak of a hill.

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A Button Mostly Stunts
B Button Stunts, Jump (in Skating & BMX)
C Button Stunts, pedal (in BMX)
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Finding out tricks
If you want to find out some tricks in a particular event try various button and control pad combinations. Most tricks will be done in the air except for in the foot bag event.
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