More sporting laffs from Ocean's cheapie label, and another game that doesn't look quite as fab as it did four years ago, when it originally came out. At least there's a bit of variety, though there's no running or throwing, just swimming, skeet shooting (oi! you've just shot me skeet!), long horse, archery, triple jump and weightlifting. But surprise, surpirse - all of these involve the dread joystick waggling at some point, and indeed swimming and weightlifting offer nothing else. These days sports sims actually call for a little skill - brute strength is no longer enough. But if you're an enormous lunk with no manual dexterity to speak of, Hyper Sports is worth a punt.
Rick: Now, I always thought that Hypersports was skiving off cross country with the lovely Sharon to share a No. 6 but this classy sporting simulation takes you through swimming, skeet shooting, (C'mon. get your skeets on. Ed), vaulting, archery, triple jump and weigh lifting. Not even Daley Thompson combines that little lot so you can class yourself quite a little hexathlete (calm down, I said hex!) if you make it to the end. You'll be just about ready for Seoul by then.
You start off with the swimming that's guaranteed to work you up into a quick frenzy - all that joystick wagglin' and fire button breathin'. Sort of underwater DT's, if you see what I mean. But while the swimming's all brawn the skeet's all reflex - the nice computer aims the gun for you so you only have to shoot. Only in the later sections do the old hand/eye co-ordinates require any grey matter. The vaulting and the triple jump are the hardest to master at the outset, but here the graphics are especially eye-catching. Watch out as well, for the wink of success when you qualify in the shooting and the rude noise when the vaulter comes a cropper. My only gripe is that it's a bit of a bore having to go back to the beginning if you fail to qualify at any of the rounds.
This is about the only way I'll do a triple jump in my bedroom! 4/5 HIT
Ross: What a sports simulation. The events have mostly done away with the key bashin', joystick thrashin' of previous games of this ilk. and I don't like to boast but I bet there's not many of you on your third time round already. Huh? 4/5 HIT
Roger: All this exercise is doing me in... I told the Ed, the old wrists'll pack in again but he won't listen. I dunno he'll want me to start reviewing out of bed soon. 4/5 HIT
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