California Games

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Alt. titles
"Rad Games" -- Working title,
"Jogos de Verão" -- Brazilian SEGA Master System title,
"Calgames" -- Informal title
Published byU.S. Gold Ltd.   Developed byEpyx, Inc.   Released1987   PlatformAmiga   Amstrad CPC   Apple II   Apple IIgs   Atari 2600   Atari ST   Commodore 64   DOS   Genesis   J2ME   Lynx   MSX   NES   SEGA Master System   Wii   ZX Spectrum   GenreSports   PerspectiveSide view   GameplayTricks / Stunts   SportOlympiad / Mixed Sports   Skateboarding   Surfing   Visual2D scrolling   Fixed / Flip-screen   VehicularBike / Bicycling   

California Games was the original "Extreme Games" – what today's generation might call "X-Games in the sun". Players can select sponsors (absent in some versions) and compete in events such as skateboarding, footbag, surfing, roller skating, flying disc (frisbee) and BMX. The surfing event is ranked by judges, which give a score to help the players improve their routine. The Atari versions (2600 and Lynx) of the game omit the flying disc and roller skating events, while the Genesis version omits only the flying disc event.