Geoff Capes Strongman

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"Geoff Capes Strongman Challenge" -- C64 in-game title
Published byMartech Games Ltd.   Developed bySoftware Communications Ltd.   Released1985   PlatformAmstrad CPC   BBC Micro   Commodore 64   Electron   ZX Spectrum   GenreAction   Sports   PerspectiveSide view   GameplayTricks / Stunts   SportWrestling   VisualFixed / Flip-screen   MiscLicensed   

At a time when multi-event sports simulations were all the rage, this one was licensed by the successful shot-putter and strongman Geoff Capes. There are six events on offer, which represent standard strongman tasks such as truck-pulling, a tug of war and wrestling. Each must be completed within a time limit; points are awarded based on how much time is left. The game's control method and design philosophy distinguishes between each of the 8 main muscles Geoff uses. After a joystick-waggling challenge to raise as much strength as possible, you can choose which muscles to assign it to, which adds an element of strategy and memory-testing. During each event, the 8 muscles are displayed on either side of the screen, and as one comes into use it will flash. Controlling a cursor, you must click on this as quickly as possible to achieve maximum effect. Any energy unused on each muscle is kept over for future events.