No upload of scores
|Time Played||1.5 hours|
|Game Progress||Played loads, got some world records|
Anannya Sen s Review
Pure Summer fun.
It's well known in the mobile games world that the King of athletics games is Playman Summer Games 3. Well, there's a new kid on the block. Raw, yes, but full of potential. Absolute Summer Sports is quick and very easy to play. Now some may say quick and easy is how you bake a cake, clean the toilet or shop by mail. Well, it seems quick and easy work in the mobile games world too.
The game has 10 events, a step up from the 5 you get with Playman. At the most each event will take you about a minute to complete, so you may find yourself wondering where the appeal is? Well, it's in the gameplay. The events you take part in are 100m, 110m hurdles, long jump, archery, diving, horse riding, fencing, skeet shooting, shotput and gymnastics.
The graphics have clearly been inspired by the aforementioned title with small bodies and big heads on the athletes. Still, this does leave room for numerous characters and colourful backgrounds. The animation isn't world beating, but has the kind of small game fun factor that you can easily appreciate. Sound is a bit of a letdown, there's a tune on loading (slightly annoying after a while) and some very basic effects in game, but not much else.
The controls are different to Playman and hark back to the old Decathlon days. For the running events you have to press one key rapidly to run. This may work better on some handsets rather than others, but as you have a choice of key, I found tapping two rapidly, a la old skool Decathlon games, worked really well. The tricky part comes in during the hurdles, jumps and shotput as you have to press up to set your angle. If you're using one button for speed, this is fine, but it may not garner any medals. The other controls are even simpler, for the shooting you have to press the corresponding button of the quadrant the skeet is in, so 1-9. For archery, it's aim and fire but remember the windspeed. For diving, right will make you tumble and left straightens you out and for the gymnastics you have to press the buttons in the right order at the right time. This gets a bit trickier when you have to go backwards.
Each game is fun to play in it's own right and you can practise individual events. If you manage to get a world record, there's a little animation of a podium with you dressed in the appropriate garb for the event, so as Robin Hood for the archery etc. You can play in 3 difficulty levels and choose any one of 12 countries. Obviously the game does record your high scores and pretty soon I'm sure our comments section will be filled by people comparing them. There didn't appear to be any upload feature which was a shame.
I'm also not sure if the game saves progress as even though there is a continue function, this wasn't really clear. Still, it really doesn't take too long to play all 10 events so this shouldn't be a problem.
The game is perfect for a quick play to try and improve your records and with the addition of an extra 5 events compared to Playman, may well be worth a look. The controls take a little getting used to, and may wear out your keyboard, but it's nice to be reminded of all the joysticks we used to break playing these sorts of games.
Absolute Summer Sports is definitely in the medals. If each event was a little longer or you could upload your scores it would have got a gold, but as it is, it gets a very respectable silver.