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Based on the original Commodore 64 title, California Games is a different type of sports game for the Atari 2600. Eschewing traditional sports like baseball or football, this is one of the first games to simulate extreme sports. You can participate by yourself or against up to seven others in four different events: Foot Bag, Half-Pipe, BMX Racing and Surfing.
In the Foot Bag event, the object is to keep a hacky sack in the air for 90 seconds using only your feet, knees and head. Points are scored by performing tricks like jumps and kicks. In the Half-Pipe competition, you control a skateboarder with 90 seconds to perform a variety of stunts (such as aerial turns, hand plants and kick turns) without falling off the board.
The BMX Racing event puts you on a lightweight bike racing down a California mountain. You have 30 seconds to complete the course, which is littered with jumps, holes and obstacles. You can also perform stunts for a higher score. Finally, the Surfing event give you the chance to catch a wave and hang ten. The goal here is to ride a wave for as long as possible while performing tricks.
At the end of all four events, the score is totaled and ribbons are awarded to the best players. ~ Skyler Miller, All Game Guide