With the summer now in full swing, and reruns making sure that we spend every waking moment in a car towards another destination, BargainPDA is proud to bring you the review of Crazy Athletics 2. This game was released last summer, as kind of a get you over the lack of Olympics summer. This summer, I found myself playing it again, and really getting into it. It doesn’t hurt any that I used to run the 400m and anything near that kind of fun, I am instantly drawn to.
So I pulled out my T5 and began playing Crazy Athletics and realized that it reminded me of the old Track and Field game on my Nintendo game system. All of the same fun games were there in the 100m sprint, 110m hurdles, Long Jump, Javelin Throw, Hammer Throw, and 100m Swim. The graphics and game play mimicked the simplicity of the game. You are given a competitor, you give a name, and then choose the event that you want to do; then you tap like crazy either with the stylus or with hard buttons (this is configurable) and have a blast.
I estimate that I have wasted a good visit or two with family due to playing this game. The more fun part about it is that there are different modes. You have the arcade mode, which is just one event and that’s it. There is an Athletics mode in the Arcade mode that lets you do all the events as if you were a decathlete/heptathlete; the total score is added and that determines who wins. Then there is the Championship mode that takes you through training, small “money” races, and the bigger events. All of these lead up to the Athens games. Probably the most interesting part of this mode is that you can by articles that will enhance your performance. Probably not the part of the game endorsed by the IOC, but nonetheless fun to see what a pill, shot, or lucky charm can do to your athlete.
In the Champion mode, you continue to race all the way to the end. Sometimes, you have to do single match races, which are only good for credits, so that you have enough credits to enter a larger competition. All in all, this game is so simple, playing it over and over again is quite fun. It is also neat that the computer opponent sometimes is easy to win against, and as you get to higher levels, gets much harder to defeat. You are also timed versus your best five times. And for many races, if you don’t place within your top five best times for that event, you will not make the goal for the event.
So, being that this is summer, and reruns are really making you pine for something different, may I recommend Crazy Athletics by CrazySoft (www.crazysoft.gr). You might find that a moment in the shade may be the best race to relaxation that you’ve done all summer.